2012 Aviation Appreciation Day
August 11, 2012
Fly-In & Car Cruise
8:00am – 4:00pm

See a variety of airplanes fly-in. Static display of World War II, Vietnam-era aircrafts and artifacts will be on display. Tour the Air Heritage Museum and Restoration Center. Antique car show; kiddie rides and more! Breakfast and lunch served.

Sponsored by:
Air Heritage, Inc
Museum & Aircraft Restoration
Beaver County Airport
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
724-843-2820

Greg, Jim and Lee reinstalling the prop on the C-123K

Greg, Jim and Lee reinstalling the prop on the C-123K

Spread for lunch by the ladies of Air Heritage

Spread for lunch by the ladies of Air Heritage

Jim Little, Bill Schillig, Virgil Wyke, Brandon Arnold, Paul Lehuring, Jim Ackley, Don Mansfield

Happy Birthday to Jim Little, Bill Schillig, Virgil Wyke, Brandon Arnold, Paul Lehuring, Jim Ackley, Don Mansfield

Tom, Rich, and Ralph working on the wing for the L-21

Tom, Rich, and Ralph working on the wing for the L-21

I would like to thank Joe Lukus, Dee Lukus, and Lois Wyke for their tremendous work in the PX this past air show season. This effort from their work resulted in a check of $10,000 to Air Heritage delivered by Lois at our January general membership meeting here at the hangar. This will be put in the General Fund to pay for utilities, insurance, and hangar operating bills. Again this took allot of hard work and dedication on their part, so be sure to thank Joe, Dee, and Lois when you see them around the hangar.

Air Heritage’s annual Pig Roast will take place here at the hangar on April 21st. Ralph Zinkham, pig roaster extraordinaire will again this year prepare this delicious main course. Come out and enjoy a good meal, and enjoy the company of family and fellow Air Heritage friends here at the hangar. We need your support with these annual activities fund raisers, and asking that you get your tickets early so we have some idea of how many to prepare for.

I would like to announce another acquisition for the Museum in the form of a Phantom F4C that is located near Wright Patterson AFB Dayton, Ohio. This should take place sometime after mid-April after the military de-milling process takes place. The paperwork battle with the State Surplus people is near completion, the hard part will be taking the aircraft apart so it can be trucked to Air Heritage. If you can help in anyway in this endeavor, financially or physically we could sure use your help.

Bill Schillig
President Air Heritage Museum Inc.

2012 Annual Pig Roast
Benefits Air Heritage Aircraft Restoration Projects

When: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Where: Air Heritage Hangar, Beaver County Airport
Time: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Price: $12.00 per person

Call 724-843-2820 for more information
Click here for a map

Hangar Update

Over the last 36 hours a lot has happened at the Air Heritage Hangar.

Friday saw the OV-1D being towed into the hangar for its annual inspection. It has already been put up on jacks and will begin to receive the attention it needs to be flying for next year’s air show season.

Today, “Thunder Pig” came into the hangar to begin its own annual as well, after a 15 minute engine run. It too has been put up on jacks and has been prepared for work to begin Monday by having the engines’ cowlings opened and stands put in place as well as interior lighting installed. While it is in the hangar, it will also receive some much needed touch up painting and mechanical fine tuning.

The Pig’s left elevator is nearing the point of being ready to be re-primed and covered in fabric. Once the fabric is on, it will be painted and hung back on the pig.

After the pig was brought in, the right elevator was put up on stands and was completely stripped of all its fabric in one day by 6 of our volunteers! Its next step is to be stripped of all its paint so it can be re-primed and covered as well.

Come on in and visit us and see what all we have been doing to keep this historical aircraft flying.

Air Heritage’s largest problem is manpower. We have a lot of projects and too few volunteers to work on them. The handful of volunteers that do volunteer two to four times a week do a terrific job and I am very grateful for their volunteerism. A lot of decisions I make, or Air Heritage’s Board makes is based on this shortage of volunteers. I am telling you this because of a controversial decision that I made recently. An outstanding member of this organization quit because of that decision. He had arranged for a donation of three or four pallets of aircraft parts that he wanted Air Heritage to accept them. I based this decision on that fact, all the time consuming hours of work it would have taken to transport the pallets, finding space in our already crowded hangar to put them, sorting through the parts, and finding ways to sell them I felt was too much for the few volunteers we have to undertake. I did not want to ask any of our volunteers to stop working on a project they volunteered for, or to become a parts salesman. We did have one individual who spent a great deal of time trying to sell equipment and aircraft parts with no success. Was I wrong to turn down this donation from a devoted member? Call me, or write, let me know what you think, pro or con.

I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas, and I hope everyone has a happy and propsperious 2012. I look forward to serving another year as President of Air Heritage. If you have any suggestions, or complaints please feel free to contact me, or any member of your Board of Directors.

Bill Schillig
President Air Heritage Museum Inc.

Air Heritage wishes to extend their best to all Veterans past and present for
their service to our Country. This Day is special Day of honor for those who have
served. At our Hangar Dinner Dance to be held tomorrow November 12th we will
honor all the veterans who have served their country.

Bill Schillig
President Air Heritage Museum Inc.

Air Heritage Museum’s 5th Annual
40’s Dinner Dance

Featuring the Swingin’ Beaver Bopcats
with a Special Salute to all Veterans

Saturday, November 12, 2011
5:30pm – 10:30pm

Air Heritage Hangar – Beaver County Airport
Chippewa Township, PA

Come, win the prize for the best 40’s attire.

Tickets $25.00 per person
Call 724-843-2820 for tickets

I flew the L-21B to Columbiana County Airport on August 31st to practice landings. On the 5th landing which was full flap, I lost control and went off the side of the runway down a steep hill. I wish I could explain how or why it happened, but I can’t. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

I apologize to all the people who put a lot of effort into getting it ready for the air show circuit this year. It is repairable, and the insurance will cover the cost. We will have it back, and flying again no later than this spring. Sorry, I love that airplane, your President is in mourning!

That being said, the C123K is doing well on the air show circuit. We have had ten shows this year and one more to go which will be at Hagerstown, MD. With the price of avgas, most of the long distance and out of state air shows cannot afford the cost of the fuel. Most of the shows we went to are close by, but they have been profitable. I will let you know what we made at each of the shows in the next newsletter.

-Bill Schillig – President of Air Heritage

A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943 between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away.

Read more: http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/stories/tough-old-bird-28831.html

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