Yearly Archives: 2013

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Installing a SANDIA STX 165 Transponder/Encoder

I recently bought another Stearman, my third. It’s a beautiful Scott White rebuild, and I bought it from Bill Nice and his partner in the plane, Scott Ackerson. Fine gentlemen, and a gorgeous airplane. The whole process of acquiring the plane and getting it home from Indiana to Minnesota during [...]

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The Stearman SA-1 – Part 2

The partners involved with Inland Aviation Company began to dissolve when George Willet split for Lemoore and began his own business at the old USAAC base 9-miles southwest of the city. A portion of the old base is still there and located off highway 198 just west of the main [...]

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The Kid

One day he just showed up and asked if he could help around with the Cropdusters on the grassy field or in the open hanger. Most of the pilots saw him as a young image of themselves and gave orders to him just like others had done to them. He [...]

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The Grand Daddy of Them All

It has been said, “the devil is in the details.” This is especially so in aviation. Whether one is flying or fixing an airplane, the details matter. For an aircraft museum it is doubly important. The Western Antique Airplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River, Oregon prides itself as [...]

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The Stearman Sa-1 and the Model 75 Ag Plane

Although much is known about the life and accomplishments of Lloyd Carlton Stearman, little is known about an agricultural aircraft he designed for production in 1944. Recently, a carton of blueprint drawings have surfaced containing all structural drawings for the Stearman SA-1 agricultural aircraft. The carton was found many years [...]

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Cover Artist: Frank Schaufler

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 [...]

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