Yearly Archives: 2012

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Convex Rearview Mirror Purchase, Preparation and Installation

Stearman trainers were delivered from the factory with a convex rearview mirror. Many of those original mirrors have been broken over the years and have been replaced with flat mirrors. The field of view in a flat mirror is very restricted… like looking through a soda straw. The convex mirror [...]

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The Flying Masons

Southern California’s first air show of the year takes place some thirty five miles east of Los Angeles in the town of Upland, at Cable Airport. January 13 & 14 were the dates for this year’s show, our weather is often “nice” this time of the year. This year was [...]

By |2012-05-08T19:19:07+00:00May 8th, 2012|Flying-Wire|Comments Off on The Flying Masons

How Arthur Sheid and I Met

About 1996 or thereabouts, we were living in an an apartment in Canton Michigan which is northwest of Detroit and just west of I-275. The management had a computer for the residents to use. I was still counting on the old land line and postage mail to communicate. One fine [...]

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Galesburg Sept 9-13, 2001

Several Stearmans flew into Galesburg from Chino to attend the fly in. There was Jack Davis with Chuck Pozanac in the front seat of his blue bird, Mike Walsh in his white bird, Mac McCauley in his red bird, and me in the yellow one. They had flown as a [...]

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Stearman M-2 Speedmail

Walter Varney had pioneered an airmail route in the Northwest in the late 1920s that many said was unflyable, but he had made it profitable. In fact, his sturdy and reliable Stearman C-3 aircraft were soon struggling to keep up with the volume. Varney thought a solution to this problem [...]

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A Gathering of Square Tails

The line-up of six of the seven civilian Stearmans in front of the 1930’s style buildings at Antique Airfield The themes for the 2006 AAA-APM Fly In were “Square Tail Stearmans” and “Crop Duster Days”. “Square Tail” Stearmans refers to the civilian model airplanes that were produced in [...]

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