The KC Flight Formation Team had 50 RV’s performing the flyover at the start of today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of PIR.
Click on a thumbnail to bring up a photo gallery that you can sequence through. (photos taken from Directv feed of the race on Fox Sports 3-2-2014) I have included reaction on Twitter.
From: The Niagara Falls Gazette, October 20, 1934
Caption: John Polanda of Lynn, Mass., and Jack Wright of Utica, N.Y. (left to right above) with the plane in which they are competing for the London-Melbourne air race prizes. At right: Jacqueline Cochran.
Text: While other American entries in the $50,000 London-Melbourne air derby were quietly grooming their ships for the strenuous flight, Jacqueline Cochran, of New York, only American woman entered, stole the show at Heaton Airdrome because English reporters found her inaccessible for interviews. Wesley Smith, of Philadelphia, is her pilot. She is competing against a dozen English craft and two American crews: John Polanda and Jack Wright, and Clyde Panghorn and Colonel Roscoe Turner.
Bob restored 1946 Piper J3 NC92497, L’il Panda, which won Best Cub honors at the 2008 West Coast Cub Fly-In at Lompoc. Bob is currently restoring a 1945 Piper L-4.
Bob is the holder of PMA approval for STC SA02128LA which is a simple bushing repair kit for worn aileron and flap hinges on most fabric Pipers. Here is the appoved model list for this STC. The kit contains bushings for two hinges along with a custom reamer, epoxy adhesive, a cleaning pad, mixing pad and utensil, new clevis pins, etc, along with the required STC paperwork. You can contact Bob at fabricdoctorLLC@aol.com for more information.
Bob’s Cub is featured on the cover of the 2013 Wag-Aero catalog:
Bob has been a good friend for over 30 years and has more experience covering planes with the Poly-Fiber system than probably anyone, and he has been patiently answering my daily e-mails with questions about covering the Monocoupe tail feathers and ailerons. Here are some more pictures of his Cub:
UPDATED 10–5-2013 I heard from Wayne Muxlow via e-mail last night that this airplane has been donated to the HARM Museum at Creve Couer airport. Expected to be there around Thanksgiving 2013.
Posted tonight on the Monocoupe Group on Facebook:
Hello Monocoupe Friends, Unfortunately it’s time to think about selling our 1933 Monocoupe. Here are some details:
110 special long wing modified to a clipwing
engine 145 warner
hours: less than 25 hours on complete restoration
New “aeromatic” propeller
Restored to original as possible
Ultimately Dad would love for his pride and joy to be displayed in an aviation museum forever so that will be our first goal but we had to get the word out. Please feel free to share this information with everyone and contact me with any questions. I can be reached at email@example.com
A little background….. my dad, Donovan Schmidt (retired Navy Commander), acquired the frame and parts in 1978 and spent about 25 years working on restoration before her first flight. He …is an artist and craftsman. He did metal work on the N9M Northrop Flying Wing for 13 years (which is now in the Chino Air Museum), metal, plastic and wood work on the Douglas M2 Mail plane which lives in the Smithsonian, metal on F8F, F7F and P51 in Chino Air Museum as well. We currently live in Camarillo, CA.
Thanks so much for your help!
Here is a link (5 MB PDF file) to an article written by Tony LeVier in collaboration with John Underwood and which appeared in a Monocoupe Club Newsletter detailing the restoration of Tony’s Velie Monocoupe.