Young Eagles Day “Kids 8-17 Fly Free” at Massey Aerodrome

On Sunday Sept. 10, 2017, Massey Aerodrome & EAA Chapter 1536 (Middletown, DE) sponsored Young Eagles Day.

Blessed with perfect weather we flew a new record of 70 Young Eagles! Many Thanks to our on-field EAA Chapter #1536 for organization and free food and the pilots who devoted their time and equipment: Ray Lynn, Jeff Auen, Bob Dierker, Rusty Lowry and Ralph DeGroodt. Even with the large crowd, I recognized many of Tracy Hodge’s Galena E.S. science students from their field trip here this past Spring.

EAA’s Young Eagles Program was initiated to expose young people to aviation in the hope that a spark will be lit that progresses from perhaps just wanting to fly again to a career in aviation. In the current atmosphere of ever fewer pilot candidates, it’s easy to lose sight of the sheer joy one flight can engender in some of these kids. It was very satisfying to see how happy these Young Eagles (and their parents) were to experience their flight. One young woman was fairly dancing from the plane when she met her mother after her flight in Jeff Auen’s Air Cam, the body language unmistakable, all the while capped with an elated smile. Ralph DeGroodt will often tease his passenger before buckling them into his Cub, I loved the expression of surprised doubt on a young girls face while she was processing whether to believe the pilot’s patter. Tony Saienni played along as he closed the door, the youngster giggling now that she was in on the joke. What Fun!

While we all agree with the Young Eagles Program goal to raise awareness of aviation and ultimately increase the number of new pilots, in the near term it’s more important that we have brought happiness to these young people through flight. It’s gratifying and humbling to see their smiles.

We would like to reach out to surrounding schools, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops etc. but this will require more pilots and planes than we have available right now. I’m sure we could fly 100 Young Eagles next year if more pilots participated. Please consider joining with us to accomplish this. You must be a member of EAA and there is an on-line application including a background check requirement. It takes about 25 minutes to complete. We have to accept that nothing is as simple as it was before 9/11 and that we live in an era of smothering litigation, so I ask that you not let the minor annoyance of a little red tape deter you from being a Young Eagles pilot. The rewards speak for themselves in the faces of the children.

Please call the Massey Air Museum @ 410-928-5270 or send an Email to email@masseyaero.org .

Everyone is welcome to join our EAA chapter (not a requirement), they meet here at Massey the first Sat. of every month at 10 am – just show up and introduce yourself.

For more photos See: Young Eagles Album in our Photo Library.

Fresh Young Eagle climbs out of Jeff Auen’s Air Cam
Elated Young Eagle greets Mom after a flight in Jeff Auen’s Air Cam. (A downcast younger sibling looks like she may feel left out for deciding not to fly too.)
Mic check before his Young Eagles ride in Jeff Auen’s Air Cam.
The expression says ‘He better be joking’ when Ralph teases that “We’re ready to go now, nothing fell off on the last flight.”
Our Young Eagle happily goes along with the joke now as Tony Saienni too teases her while he closes the door.
Three Young Eagles pose with Ray Lynn after their Young Eagles ride at Massey Aerodrome.
Ralph DeGroodt poses with a young woman after her Young Eagles ride in Ralph’s Cub.
Pilot, Bob Dierker poses with two young men before their Young Eagles ride.
Two young Women after their Young Eagles ride. They never stopped smiling!

2017 Vintage Sailplane Association Glider Rally

2017 Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) East Coast Sailplane meet Aug. 19 & 20th @ Massey Aerodrome

Good weather prevailed on Sat. & Sunday with temps in the mid to upper 80s. Sunday, with lower humidity, was cloudless so lift wasn’t as good as Sat. – but it was still there!

We’re left to blaming the Monday eclipse for keeping VSA members away. Thanks to Kristin Farry of Madison, VA for bringing her Schweizer SGS 1-26A & Gerry Wild of Lansdale, PA for bringing his Hütter 17.  Bob Dierker of Chestertown, MD gave about a dozen rides to visitors in his Schweizer 2-33 while Rusty Lowry provided the tows in Massey’s Cessna 182. Kristen Farry got a good ride on Sat. (+1.5 hours) but headed south to view the eclipse on Sunday (I hope it wasn’t cloudy wherever she went).

Gerry Wild prefers a slower tail wheel tow plane so we used the Bailey-Moyes Dragonfly on Sunday. Since the Hütter has only a skid (no wheel) it took a little rocking to break it loose initially but once it started to move it worked perfectly. Kristen Wild had poured a bucket of soapy water on the grass in front of the Hütter, the rope grew taut and the Dragonfly strained until the Hütter finally broke free, helped by the wing walker’s gentle persuasion. The Bailey-Moyes Dragonfly was designed and built solely as a hang glider tug but knowing that it was capable of towing the 400 lb. Bailey-Moyes Tempest glider (which does have a wheel), John suggested we give it a try and voilà it worked.

Gp. Capt. “Willy” Hackett, RAF, was back, he is stationed at Paxtuxent River for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office. We were glad to help him add new types to his log book. Rusty made the last flight of the weekend in his 1-23 after spending most of his time towing with the C182.

We’re open to suggestions to attract more participants – This year we provided good weather, good facilities, good equipment and friendly, interesting people. You know Massey has a great grass runway with open approaches surrounded mostly by farmland in case you’re caught out. Let’s not lose this event!

Massey’s Schweizer SGU 2-22 on tow.
Massey’s Cessna 182 tows our Schweizer SGU 2-22 on Sat.
Assembling Gerry Wild’s Hütter 17.
Gerry Wild’s Hütter 17 (Gp. Capt. “Willy” Hackett, RAF on right wing, Bob Dierker on left wing)
Gerry Wild’s Hütter 17 on tow behind the Bailey-Moyes Dragonfly.
Gerry Wild’s Hütter 17 on tow behind the Bailey-Moyes Dragonfly.
Bob Dierker orients Gp. Capt. “Willy” Hackett RAF, in Rusty’s Schweizer 1-23.
Rusty’s Schweizer 1-23 on tow behind Massey’s C182.
Bob Dierker conducting one of the many glider rides at the VSA meet.
Rusty pilots Massey’s C182 tow plane and Bob Dierker his 2-33 two place glider.

 

46th Potomac Antique Aero Squadron Antique Airplane Fly-In

46th Antique Airplane Fly-In held June 17th, 2017, conducted by the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron (PAAS) chapter of the Antique Airplane Assoc., (Former Horn Point Fly-In). Hosted by Massey Aerodrome MD1.

PAAS Contact: Mike Strieter 301-440-5294, Email: strieterstinson@verizon.net  VOLUNTEERS WANTED for next year! This is your opportunity to get involved in a good group with a fine history.

Yes, the weather hurt us again with only 20 planes flying in, but as you’ll see by the pictures below, it was still a very satisfying day. Heavy fog early became a low ceiling until we started seeing some blue patches around 10:30. It’s often the case that there will be weather around us while we remain dry. Helen Woods was the first to arrive – in a Searey from Bay Bridge, she said she made it by following the river at 100’ (hopefully an exaggeration). Planes trickled in and finally the eventual award winners arrived with Mike Pangia’s Bird bringing up the rear. PAAS postponed ending the judging to accommodate the stragglers. Many locals drove in, filling up the parking lot and keeping the Millington Fire company food stand busy. The weather cleared from the south with the heavy rains well north of us in PA. Joe Flood made it from South Jersey in his RV-4, I can’t believe he does it in 15 minutes though. Eventually the sun came out, surprising some of us with a real sunburn.

Massey Aerodrome has initiated an award of it’s own for 2017 – The “Massey Choice Award” from the Massey Air Museum presented to the airplane that best exemplifies the Spirit of Grassroots Aviation. This is in addition to the Awards from the Potomac Antique Aero Squadron. The winner received a bottle of Chandelle Winery Aviation History Labeled Sauvignon Blanc along with a certificate thanking the recipient for honoring Massey with the presence of their beautifully restored aircraft. Started by the family of Hap Arnold, the Chandelle Winery ceased production this year after 30 years and so this is the last availability for this wine (we have stashed away a few bottles for next year and the near future).

Our choice was an easy decision, we unanimously chose the 1930 Brunner-Winkle Bird BK (N727Y), belonging to Mike Pangia of Poughkeepsie, NY. This plane has a special attraction for us because it was restored not that far from here by Joseph & Anna Fichera (Kentmoor Air Park) of Stevensville, MD. This is the actual airplane that Charles Lindbergh bought for his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, in which to teach her to fly. It had the reputation of being an honest handling plane.

2017 PAAS Antique Fly-in Awards

Potomac Antique Aero Squadron Antique Fly-in Awards:

Antique: 1930 Brunner Winkle BIRD – Mike Pangia, based at Kentmorr Airpark, Stevensville, MD

Military: 1944 Piper J3/L4 Cub – Charles Maples, Fairfax, VA

Classic: 1950 Piper PA-18-125 – Johm/Karen Machamer, Gettysburg, PA

Classic Sweepstakes: 1946 Cessna 120 – Jeremy DeBons, Lexington Park, MD

Custom Built: 2016 Exp. PA-18 Super Cub – Paul Collins, Gambrils, MD

AAA Award: 1930 Brunner Winkle BIRD – Mike Pangia, based at Kentmorr Airpark, Stevensville, MD

Presidents Award: 1946  Fairchild 24 – Kirk Wicker, Bristow, VA

I think you’ll agree that the following pictures show what a great day it turned into, despite the threatening weather early on. Thanks to all who attended!

N57851 1937 STEARMAN, PAUL SCHLOSSER, BETHANY BEACH, DE
N7DW DEHAVILLAND DHC-1 SUPER CHIPMUNK, Mark Meredith, Rockville, MD.
N81201 FAIRCHILD 24W, KIRK WICKER, BRISTOW, VA
Joe Flood’s N35Z RV-4
N1011A 1950 Piper Super Cub, JOHN MACHAMER, GETTYSBURG, PA
N39991 1945 TAYLORCRAFT BC12-D, RALPH KEW, CHANTILLY, VA
N33573 1945 Piper Cub J3C-65, CHARLES MAPLES, FAIRFAX, VA.
N2168C 1954 CESSNA 195, BRIAN MCCAY, EARLYSVILLE, VA
N57851 1937 STEARMAN, PAUL SCHLOSSER, BETHANY BEACH, DE
1930 Brunner-Winkle Bird BK – Massey’s Choice Award Winner,   MICHAEL PANGIA, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

Russell Light Monoplane project donated.

Caption above: 1929 Flying & Glider Manual (Reprint of original Building and Flying Manuals published from 1929 to 1933 by Modern Mechanix and Inventions). The Russell-Henderson Light Monoplane is shown lower right on the cover.

In late June, Rusty Lowry picked up a 1929 Russell Light Monoplane project in Middletown, VT that was donated by John and Elizabeth Barton. The Russell Light Monoplane is a plans-built design dating to 1929, when the plans could be obtained through Flying & Glider Manual, The Sportplane Authority of America and other publications. It was intended to use a converted 4-cylinder Henderson motorcycle engine for power and built of wood with wire bracing much like a World War I Jenney. Covered with fabric, the Russell was relatively easy and inexpensive to build though it was never intended for tall people to fly it as it is really small! Our example, although never completed (fuselage structure & wings only, no fabric or engine), was in storage for more than 80 years but the wood is still in great condition. 
Henderson was a manufacturer of 4-cylinder motorcycles from 1912 until 1931. They were one of the largest and fastest motorcycles of their time. Many of the Henderson “DeLuxe” engines were converted by the Heath Airplane Company as Model B-4s which featured a modified lubrication system, different valves, and removal of the transmission. The B-4 mainly powered the small and economical Heath Parasol monoplane, which Heath sold in kit form for homebuilders in the 1920s and ‘30s. https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/heath-henderson-b-4-line-engine
Power rating: 30 hp at 3,000 rpm
Displacement: 83 cu in
Weight: 119 lb

3 Images below are of the  Salmson powered Russell at the Kelch Museum, Brodhead, WI. http://www.kelchmuseum.org/collection/1932-russell-lightplane/

Massey Air Museum on Travel Channel series “Mysteries at the Museum”

First off, the image above has nothing to do with our episode. As you may recall, last December a remote location crew from “Mysteries at the Museum” came to Massey to shoot background footage for an episode to air approx. 6 months later. The episode finally aired on July 6th, 2017 and is scheduled to repeat on Sat. Sept. 2 at 9 AM EST – after that you will have to be persistent to find it.   The episode is: Season 15, Episode 10

Terrible Tommy, Airplane Abduction and the Great Blondin

http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/mysteries-at-the-museum/episodes/terrible-tommy-airplane-abduction-and-the-great-blondin  

“Don Wildman showcases a pocket watch used by a ruthless gangster in 1920s Chicago, an aircraft that disappeared over Australia after encountering a UFO, and the first daredevil to brave Niagara Falls.”

We are featured in the second 8 minute segment of the episode –   “A Cessna 182 that disappeared over Australia after encountering a UFO” and have little more than a minute of time on air – but something is better than nothing. It starts with Don Sloan’s Stearman buzzing the field, a couple shots inside the museum (the ejection seat for some unknown reason?), Nick’s hands cranking open the hangar door, C182 fast taxi and ends with about 5 seconds of time lapse of clouds passing over the C182 sitting in the grass (they spent a couple of hours recording the time lapse). The premise of the segment is (very) hokey but again it’s basic cable!

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Massey Aerodrome – first in AOPA-Aviat Hidden Gem Airport Contest

Massey Aerodrome received the most votes in AOPA’s Hidden Gem Airport Contest sponsored by Aviat Aircraft.

June 1, 2017, AOPA announced the results of the voting with two lucky pilots receiving the prize of a four day weekend flying an Aviat Husky in the Idaho backcountry for having nominated one of the top two airports.

Thanks to all of Massey’s friends and Museum Members who voted, we look forward to getting recognition in the AOPA magazine. Thanks to Jeff Auen for nominating Massey, Jeff owns an AirCam based in Essex, Maryland. Let’s face it there was no “luck” involved, we wanted it and we got it – even if it’s only the “Bragging Rights.” Jeff Auen is a Member of the Massey Air Museum and a good friend of Massey Aerodrome (plus an outstanding builder of a beautiful Air Cam). He is a worthy winner! The contest ran on AOPA’s Facebook page in May and asked pilots to submit their favorite Hidden Gem airport with a brief description of why they loved it, plus a few photos.

New Museum Models

Massey’s Mission to promote Grassroots Aviation includes illustrating the history of aviation in our region especially Maryland and Delaware with emphasis on the “Golden Age of Aviation” as well as the immediate post WWII era.

In June 2016 we accepted two large scale (1:5) models that enhance this mission.

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Ron Board of Bridgeville, DE has loaned the Massey Air Museum his replica 1940 Fairchild 24W-40 w/Warner Scarab engine built by Gene Hannah of Montgomery Alabama: 1/5 scale R/C, 91” wingspan, weight 18 lbs. (actual aircraft size: 36 ft 4 in wingspan, Length: 23 ft 10 in). The model F-24 was produced from 1932 ($3,360) until 1946 ($8,500).


Fairchild became a Maryland aircraft manufacturer when in 1929, Sherman Fairchild purchased a majority stock interest in Kreider-Reisner Aircraft Company of Hagerstown, Maryland. The company moved to Hagerstown in 1931 from Farmingdale, NY. A Fairchild 71 monoplane, the Virginia, was taken as one of three aircraft by Richard E. Byrd on his 1928–1929 expedition to the South Pole. Aircraft production was ended in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1984. Among other models, Fairchild produced the model 24 (2232), PT-19/PT-23/PT-26 “Cornell” WWII trainers (6397), C-119 “Flying Boxcar” (1183), C-123 “Provider” (307) and most famously the A-10 “Thunderbolt II” (716).
Ron Board of Bridgeville, DE has loaned Massey this replica 1940 Fairchild 24W-40   (Shown wings detached prior to display)

Fairchild became a Maryland aircraft manufacturer when in 1929, Sherman Fairchild purchased a majority stock interest in Kreider-Reisner Aircraft Company of Hagerstown, Maryland. The company moved to Hagerstown in 1931 from Farmingdale, NY. A Fairchild 71  monoplane, the Virginia, was taken as one of three aircraft by Richard E. Byrd  on his 1928–1929 expedition to the South Pole. Aircraft production was ended in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1984. Among other models, Fairchild produced the model 24 (2232), PT-19/PT-23/PT-26 “Cornell” WWII trainers (6397), C-119 “Flying Boxcar” (1183), C-123 “Provider” (307) and most famously the A-10 “Thunderbolt II” (716).

Dick Stewart of Newark, DE donated this large scale R/C model of famous 1935 Air Racer “Mister Mulligan” NR273Y. Ben Howard and “Mister Mulligan” were the only pilot and aircraft to capture both the Bendix and Thompson trophies in the same year when they did so at the 1935 National Air Races in Cleveland, OH.
Dick Stewart of Newark, DE donated this large scale R/C model of famous 1935 Air Racer “Mister Mulligan” NR273Y.

Ben Howard and “Mister Mulligan” were the only pilot and aircraft to capture both the Bendix and Thompson trophies in the same year when they did so at the 1935 National Air Races in Cleveland, OH.

The DGA-6 (first flown in 1934) was the only racer of the thirties that had the distinction to be developed into a successful production aircraft for both the civil and military market (Howard DGA-8 through DGA-12). NR273Y, the only DGA-6 built, was powered by an 850 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp S.E. nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine (DGA stood for “Damn Good Airplane”). In the 1936 Bendix race the aircraft lost a propeller blade and crash-landed in New Mexico, USA, Howard and his wife were injured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

 

The DGA-6 (first flown in 1934) was the only racer of the thirties that had the distinction to be developed into a successful production aircraft for both the civil and military market (Howard DGA-8 through DGA-12).

NR273Y, the only DGA-6 built, was powered by an 850 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp S.E. nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine (DGA stood for “Damn Good Airplane”). In the 1936 Bendix race the aircraft lost a propeller blade and crash-landed in New Mexico, USA, Howard and his wife were injured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

It was the only airplane ever designed for the specific purpose of winning the Bendix Trophy. The plane was designed and developed by Ben Howard and Gordon Israel, who later became an engineer for the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation. Mister Mulligan was designed to fly the entire length of the race nonstop and at high altitude. Neither had ever been done before. Mister Mulligan won the trophy, and thus changed the way in which long distance airplanes were designed. The Bendix Trophy was a cross-country race from the west coast to the site of the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio, and typically was the starting event of the week-long aviation festival. The Thompson Trophy was awarded to the winner of the unlimited division in closed-course pylon racing at the National Air Races.

It was the only airplane ever designed for the specific purpose of winning the Bendix Trophy. The plane was designed and developed by Ben Howard  and Gordon Israel , who later became an engineer for the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. Mister Mulligan was designed to fly the entire length of the race nonstop and at high altitude. Neither had ever been done before. Mister Mulligan won the trophy, and thus changed the way in which long distance airplanes were designed.

The Bendix Trophy was a cross-country race from the west coast to the site of the National Air Races  in Cleveland, Ohio, and typically was the starting event of the week-long aviation festival. The Thompson Trophy was awarded to the winner of the unlimited division in closed-course pylon racing at the National Air Races.