2017 Open Hangar Party & Fly-In, Dec. 3

Blue Skies prevailed for another great December Fly-In!

After dawning rainy & foggy the weather cleared as predicted for the first plane to arrive at 10:20 AM. With the forecast for sunny & mild (mid 50’s) we were thankfully ready for the expected onslaught that ultimately arrived only slightly delayed. As usual, the grass was firm & dry for the nearly 160 guest planes that arrived by 1 PM. Who knows how many pilots were discouraged by the early weather and chose not to come? There were well over 125 drive-ins and the local car club had a good showing despite the wet roads. December weather has proven surprisingly reliable for us.

We want to express our sincere thanks to the many volunteers that made this a success – both in the kitchen and on the field! And a big thank you to all our friends who brought food items to share.

Grassroots aviation means taildraggers with a special place in our hearts for radial engined planes. Four Stearman flew in plus our two in the hangar made 6 on-field. Radial engines included a 1943 Howard DGA-15P, a 1952 Cessna 195 and our favorite BIRD by which we mean Mike Pangia’s “Lindbergh Bird” the 1930 Brunner Winkle Bird N727Y with Kinner power.

Radial Row: Katherine Macario’s Cessna 195, Mike Pangia’s 1930 Brunner Winkle Bird, the Jack Allen Museum’s Stearman #77 (blue & yellow USAAF) & Mark Schmid’s 450 hp P&W R-985 powered Stearman (red). (Not shown: LIGHT FLIGHT BALLOONS’ 1943 Stearman #497 N9215H)

Liaison aircraft had a very good showing with six:

Dan O’Donnell’s sparkling Aeronca 7AC  newly restored as an L-16 N878

Paul Smith’s very authentic, award winning 1944 Piper L-4H N79731 (#82)

Richard Wallin’s beautiful award winning Aeronca 7BCM L-16 N9325H

Austin Shartle’s newly restored 1946 Piper L-4A “Grasshopper” N87910 (#39)  (Michigan?)

Larry Kelley’s unmistakable camouflaged (Giraffe spots) 1958 Aeronca 7FC L-16 N7513E

Jon McLanahan’s 1955 Fuji LM-1 N8020K (Lynchburg, VA). The Fuji is a Japanese license-built 4 place Beechcraft derived from the T-34.

3 of six Liaison aircraft: Dan O’Donnell’s Aeronca 7AC L-16, Paul Smith’s 1944 Piper L-4H (#82), Austin Shartle’s 1946 Piper L-4A (#39)

Our friend, John Chirtea showed off his pristine newly acquired 1965 Alon A2 (Ercoupe follow-on) to replace the one he very graciously donated to the Massey Air Museum.

John Chirtea’s 1965 Alon A2 N423LF “Buttercup” based at Eagle Crest Airport DE25.

There were 3 gyro-copters (Autogyro GMBHand one Robinson R44 helicopter, many Piper Cubs & RVs plus uncounted Cessnas and low-wing Pipers.

With one Cirrus and quite a few new design Light Sport planes there was something for everybody.

Mike Lesniowski’s 2016 CIRRUS SR22T N27ML, Church Hill, MD

We repaired and painted our life-size “Corsair” model in tribute to a past friend of Massey, Navy Commander Alberto Santa Maria who flew Corsairs off the carrier USS Palau and became a senior Test Pilot for Boeing-Vertol on the CH-47 Chinook. See accompanying article in “Latest News” below.

Navy Commander (then Lt.) Alberto Santa Maria flew F4U-5 Corsairs off the carrier USS Palau in 1949 with Helicopter Development Squadron VX-3 (tail code XC)

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                       More Pictures:

Thanks to Ed White for climbing the Beacon Tower to take these wide shots looking south later in the day after some planes were starting to leave.
Thanks to Ed White for climbing the Beacon Tower to take these wide shots looking south later in the day after some planes were starting to leave.
Thanks to Ed White for climbing the Beacon Tower to take these wide shots looking south later in the day after some planes were starting to leave.
Relaxing by the cars with happily surprised bicyclists that stumbled on Massey’s Fly-In by accident.
Matthew Taylor’s 1943 HOWARD DGA-15P N67436 (450 hp P&W R-985 engine)
N1066M 1942 Stearman B75N1 “Yellow Bird”, Brandy Station, VA
The LIGHT FLIGHT BALLOONS Stearman N9215H #497 & N101SC Benjamin Anderson’s unique ‘Midwing Special’ (highly modified Super Cub w/shoulder mounted clipped wings) arrived & left in formation.
The LIGHT FLIGHT BALLOONS Stearman N9215H #497 & N101SC Benjamin Anderson’s unique ‘Midwing Special’ (highly modified Super Cub w/shoulder mounted clipped wings) arrived & left in formation.
N101SC Benjamin Anderson’s unique ‘Midwing Special’ (highly modified 1964 Piper Super Cub w/shoulder mounted, clipped wings), aerobatic smoke system.
A few of the Show Cars at Massey.
A Cavalon & a Calidus (German) autogyro (Rob Dant Photo)
Bill Cloughley’s RV-7 N18LC (Rob Dant Photo)
Tail feathers on Radial Row (Rob Dant Photo)
Open Hangar Party buffet in Massey’s shop. (Rob Dant photo) Not shown is table seating in attached Museum building.


Paul Smith’s very authentic, award winning 1944 Piper L-4H N79731 (#82)
Austin Shartle’s newly restored 1946 Piper L-4A “Grasshopper” N87910 (#39)
Larry Kelley’s unmistakable camouflaged (Giraffe spots) 1958 Aeronca 7FC L-16 N7513E
Richard Wallin’s beautiful award winning Aeronca 7BCM L-16 N9325H
Jon McLanahan’s 1955 Fuji LM-1 N8020K (Lynchburg, VA). The Fuji is a license-built 4 place Beechcraft derived from the T-34.
Jack Allen Museum’s Stearman #77 N55508 (blue & yellow USAAF) & Mark Schmid’s 450 hp P&W R-985 powered Stearman N49936 (red)
N49936 1942 Stearman (PT17), MARK SCHMID, Phila., PA, Engine: 450 hp P&W R-985
Jack Allen Museum’s Stearman #77 N55508 (blue & yellow USAAF)
N885G 2017 Aeroprakt Mfg. SP Z O.O. A22LS (Poland), Engine: 100 hp ROTAX 912ULS, Light-Sport
N593BL 2014 BRM AERO BRISTELL S-LSA Carbon Edition, SPORT FLYING USA INC., RONKONKOMA, NY, (Engine: 100 hp ROTAX 912ULS) Light-Sport.
N394PR 2010 Davis DA-2A, RONALD H. DIXON, Bowie, MD, Engine: Cont. O-200. See article Sport Aviation Dec. 2017 by Budd Davison “Cubic Efficiency”
N394PR 2010 Davis DA-2A, RONALD H. DIXON, Bowie, MD, Engine: Cont. O-200. See article Sport Aviation Dec. 2017 by Budd Davison “Cubic Efficiency”
Marshaler Daniel Shuron (left). Thanks to all our volunteer marshalers without whom we couldn’t conduct our fly-In.
Marshaler Tom Paradis. Thanks to all our volunteer marshalers without whom we couldn’t conduct our fly-In.

Marshaler Paul Kelsch. Thanks to all our volunteer marshalers without whom we couldn’t conduct our fly-In.
Marshaler John Bowers. Thanks to all our volunteer marshalers without whom we couldn’t conduct our fly-In.
Marshaler Ray Lynn doing double duty shuttling pilots to the “south forty” in Gator from Atlantic Tractor. Thanks to all our volunteer marshalers without whom we couldn’t conduct our fly-In.
Bill Dilling transported pilots in a John Deere Gator from Atlantic Tractor


Alberto Santa Maria honored at Massey Air Museum

The MASSEY AIR MUSEUM honored Alberto H. Santa Maria, Cmdr., U. S. Navy (1924 – 2010) at the 17th Annual Open Hangar Party & Fly-In held on December 3, 2017. As a tribute to Alberto, our “Corsair” was restored and repainted to represent the F4U-5 Corsair shown in a photo as flown by (then) Lt. Santa Maria. The photo was taken by a Navy photographer after a deck strike accident aboard the USS Palau (CVE-122) in 1949. While on a cruise off Newfoundland with Helicopter Development Squadron Three (VX-3) out of Atlantic City, NJ, Lt. Santa Maria received an early cut command from the Landing Signal Officer (LSO) with the result seen here – however, the LSO, not Santa Maria was held responsible. While this could have been a fatal accident, it was not due to poor airmanship on his part. It is a dramatic photo and Alberto liked to share it, we were privileged to hear him recount this story and many others when he attended previous Open Hangar Parties at Massey Aerodrome where he was a member of the Massey Air Museum.

Alberto went on to have a distinguished career as a helicopter test pilot.  Among the achievements of Alberto H. Santa Maria:

Commander U. S. Navy Reserves (RET)

Naval Aviator (F6F “Hellcat”, F4U-4 & 5 “Corsair” & helicopters)

Test Pilot (Navy Exper. & Devel. Sqn. VX-3, tailcode XC)

Senior Test Pilot (Boeing-Vertol) – CH-47 “Chinook”

Engineering Test Pilot (All American Engineering)

Engineering Test Pilot (Atlantic Aviation)

Bell HU-1 A / UH-1 Iroquois “Huey”

Member Society Experimental Test Pilots

Member Quiet Birdmen (“QB”) (Wilmington Hanger)

First pilot to log 1000 experimental hours in the “Chinook”

 Performed the first water landing tests in a “Chinook”.

Interest in aviation ran in the family as Mr. Santa Maria’s father (also Alberto) joined the RCAF in 1917 and flew a Sopwith Camel in WWI  “over German trench lines.”

Below are Al Santa Maria’s own notes on back of photo of F4 Corsair on it’s nose:

“A Landing Gone Awry” on Jeep carrier CVE-122 Palau shortly after WWII. The straight landing deck is only 400 feet long. The Landing Signal Officer (LSO) called for a throttle “cut” a little too early. The other photo shows the damage to the approach end of the deck. Photo taken January 12, 1949, by a Navy Photographer off the coast of Newfoundland. The ship was working with the Navy Experimental and Development Squadron VX-3 out of Atlantic City, NJ. (Squadron VX-3 had tailcode XC assigned to them)”

Al liked to say “Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing”  —  He was EXTREMELY fortunate, judging from the damage to the approach deck, a few inches lower would have totally destroyed the plane.

An early model Sikorsky R-5 (Navy HO3S-1) helicopter is visible behind the Corsair’s tail.

Navy Commander (then Lt.) Alberto Santa Maria flew F4U-5 Corsairs off the carrier USS Palau IN 1949 with Helicopter Development Squadron VX-3 (tail code XC)

Our Corsair is a life-size fiberglass model of an actual F4U-1D Corsair (from which the mold was taken) which was owned by David Tallichet’s Military Aircraft Restoration Company . The model was made by a company also owned by David Tallichet specifically for his Specialty Restaurants business to be displayed outside his World War II themed restaurants. They were able to capture all the surface detail when they made molds from the real airplane – you can count every rivet & dzus fastener. This model was displayed for many years outside the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant in College Park, MD until obtained by Massey. We dismantled and moved it to the airport in December 2007 and installed it on a new pylon at the airport on June 27, 2009. The paint, having suffered from being exposed to the weather for ten years at Massey and an unknown period at the restaurant, we decided to take advantage of the need to repaint it to change the identity to that of a Corsair flown by a friend of Massey, Alberto Santa H. Maria.

[See also Massey Web Site > Airport News > Corsair Replica Erected: (Link) https://masseyaero.org/projects/corsair/ ]

The Massey Air Museum wishes to thank Chris & Dee Jennings and The Museums of Kent County (MD) for funding the painting and marking of our Corsair in honor of Alberto H. Santa Maria. Thanks also to Bill Lee of the Air Mobility Command Museum (Dover, DE) for repairs and bird-proofing, Nick Mirales for painting and decal application and Chris Jennings for painting preparation.

Two Portraits of Alberto H. Santa Maria, Jr. USNR  No. C-23305: 

U.S. Navy Accident Report January 12, 1949:  

BELOW is enlargement of right half of report above:

Stock photo of a different Corsair landing on a carrier, Landing Signal Officer (yellow shirt – left) giving “CUT” signal with the paddles. 

7 LSO Standard Signals (Note two signals are Mandatory):

Alberto H. Santa Maria in McDonnell F2H Banshee:

Transferred from VF-933 to HU-931 NAS Willow Grove, CDR. HS 931.  Alberto H. Santa Maria with NAS Willow Grove HS-932:

Escort Carrier USS Palau (CVE-122) underway:

Marine Corps Piasecki HRP-1’s (such as flown by Alberto Santa Maria) are shown aboard the USS Palau:


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.


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


“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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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!

Joe Flood’s N35Z RV-4
N1011A 1950 Piper Super Cub, JOHN MACHAMER, GETTYSBURG, PA
N33573 1945 Piper Cub J3C-65, CHARLES MAPLES, FAIRFAX, VA.
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 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.