Yearly Archives: 2012

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Sometimes It Works Out

The Beginning “I’m going to own that Stearman someday.” And that’s how hundreds of Stearman dreams begin. I made that definitive statement when I was 12 years old, but the story starts before then. I was born and raised in Galesburg, IL my father; Russell Massingill was a WWII Navy [...]

By | November 11th, 2012|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Sometimes It Works Out

Climb for the Sun

So there I was at 600ft and all I could hear was my heart pounding in my chest. Plan, practice, decide, and execute are the rules to live by. Many more highly experience pilots will offer different pearls of wisdom, but I only try to pass on what I was [...]

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Designing And Fabricating A New Avionics Panel

Thirty years after her last restoration my N2S-4, the Rag Doll, is in Tony Blum’s Turn & Bank Aviation shop in Deer Park, WA, undergoing yet another one. Since the ol’ girl is now 70 years old this latest restoration should last her to her 100th birthday! One of the [...]

By | August 7th, 2012|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Designing And Fabricating A New Avionics Panel

A Barnstormer's Morning

Sunrise finds dew settling and soft clouds two feet off the ground As the day begins and the pilot hides inside his homemade bed. The coolness is felt upon his face as he glances at the long shadow the biplane begins to throw across the farmer’s open field. He stretches [...]

By | August 5th, 2012|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on A Barnstormer's Morning

Oh Crap, The Engine Quit!

So there I was at 600ft and all I could hear was my heart pounding in my chest. Plan, practice, decide, and execute are the rules to live by. Many more highly experience pilots will offer different pearls of wisdom, but I only try to pass on what I was [...]

By | May 11th, 2012|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on Oh Crap, The Engine Quit!

Our Labor of Love

Our adventure began in September 1998 when we looked at an airplane project to buy. Stearman N49793 was restored by Harry Halajian in California in the 1970’s and had been in the North Texas for many years. Being new to the world of airplane restoration, little did we know the [...]

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