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

Engine Driven Hydraulic Pump – Vickers Model NF971330BCF
Cowl Flap Electric Motor N/O/S – Lear Inc, Piqua, OH #VS 47506
Boost Pumps – Thompson Products, Inc. P/N TFD8000-1
Turret Drive Mark-2 – Bell Drawing #03-093-300 (Sunstrand), US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics for Bell A/C Ordinance

For more information please contact Greg Werking by phone @ 724-843-2820.

The Air Show season is going well for Air Heritage. The Thunder Pig and the L-21B have gone to several shows with more scheduled. People at the shows have been very generous with donations. The OV-1 is almost ready to go, and it should make it to some of the shows this year.

We have an opportunity to acquire a A-6 Intruder for static display at the Museum. The only thing is, we cannot find a way to transport it from Williamsport, PA Airport. It is too wide to be transported by the highway and it is not flyable. If anyone has an ideas, give us a call.

The work on the Cessna 150 donated by West Virginia University is progressing nicely. We may see it fly before the end of the summer! Come out and take a look. While you are here, we could use some help on it, or some of the other projects. There is also a need for help with hangar maintenance if you can spare a little of your time.

I want to thank all the volunteers that are here day in and day out who are making Air Heritage bigger and better with each passing year.

-Bill Schillig – President of Air Heritage

“Gentleman” Jim Box died at the age of 90 in Rome, NY, his home town. Jim is survived by his wife and 5 sons. Jim was a WWII pilot trained in PT-17, T-6, and B-25.

A long time member of Air Heritage, Jim traveled to Tucson, AZ on the original trip to pick up the C-123K Provider, to bring it hom. He retired from U.S. Airways after many years in the engine shop.

Read Jim’s obituary on barryfuneralhome.com

Something very special happened here on March 22, 2011.  Chris Vidovich’s sister made the arrangements so their family would be here to celebrate the finishing of the F-15A “Eagle” on Chris’s birthday.  Chris being a former crew chief on an F15, made a substantial contribution to transport the “Eagle” out of Georgia, with his help it now sits here at our hangar.  We here at Air Heritage are proud, as I know his family is, to have his name on the side of the airplane as “Crew chief”.

Read more about Chris and how helped bring the F15 back to Air Heritage on airforcetimes.com

We are looking forward to a great Air Show season this year. The C-123K (Thunder Pig), OV-1 and L-21B will be ready to fly this year. The C-123K’s annual inspection is progressing nicely and the problem with the nose gear steering should be solved soon. Both main wheel tires will be replaced and with that accomplished it should be good to go. The OV-1’s annual inspection is also going well. The problem with the hydraulic pump, which is the reason it did not fly to air shows last year, may be resolved. The L-21B, almost ten months past its scheduled repair completion date, will be ready to go to its first air show in a long while. It really looks great and will attract a lot of attention on the air show circuit.

I revised the “Air Heritage Plan for the Future”, mainly a financial plan. There were two primary changes from the one voted on and approved by the general membership in 2007. The 2007 plan stated that the T-28 would be sold in order to keep Air Heritage operating in the black. The new plan states that if the Air Heritage Investment Fund and General Fund fall below $75,000, then an airplane will be sold. Air Heritage’s Board of Directors will determine the aircraft to be sold. The second big change states that one third of the revenue generated by the C-123K from air shows, that normally in the past went to the General Fund, would now be used by the restoration projects on an as needed basis. The plan has been approved by the Board of Directors, but needs a vote by the General Membership for approval and for it to take affect.

The “Plan” will be put to a vote at the next General membership meeting April 14, 2011. Copies of the “Plan” are at the hangar should anyone want to read it before the meeting. Copies will also be available prior to the meeting. Any comments positive or negative would be appreciated. Changes can still be made.

Please attend the April 14, 2011 meeting at the hangar 7:00 PM sharp. We need you for this important vote!

-Bill Schillig – President of Air Heritage

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