Jerry May - 1937 Rearwin Sportster
Jerry May lives outside of Kearny, Nebraska and keeps his immaculate Rearwin at his son Mike's house. The two of them are in business to restore Antique Airplanes and they also build a very interesting helicopter. The two are dedicated aviators and have put hundreds of hours into making this Sportster one of the finest examples of its type in existence.
Here we see Jerry with the shiny Rearwin nestled in the cornfield next to son Mike's house.
Much work went into crafting and painting these wheelpants. Jerry and Mike also came up with a method to prevent them from being dented by small stones ejected by the spinning main gear tires.
Jerry shows the starboard chrome position light.
Attention to detail is evident here also with a faithful rendition of the original Rearwin logo.
The cockpit is spartan but finely crafted. The woodwork all has a high sheen.
Here we see the fan and its 5 cylinder motivator. A specially turned plate was made to fit behind the shiny spinner.
Here is another angle of the business end of the plane. Here you can see the delicate pinstriping on the speed rings and crankcase cover.
Bill Koelling and his 1937 Cessna Airmaster
Bill Koelling and his Cessna Airmaster. Bill uses the grass next to this long concrete runway because the Airmaster can be tricky on landings.
Bill has restored the interior to the original and even has some instruments that were given to him by Mrs. Wallace.
Because there are some busy gophers in the area, Bill likes to check for holes before taking off on the grass field.
The empennage of the C-145 has a nice, rounded look to it and features the classic Cessna logo of the times.
Bill pulls the prop through a few times to get the oil moving.
Cam Blazer and his 1936 Monocoupe 90A
Cam Blazer pursued a career in the construction business. You can tell he is a craftsman from the attention to detail evident in every part of his Monocoupe. As with many in the sport, Cam has researched the design and the history of the manufacturer in order to arrive at a brilliant rendition of this sleek machine. It sounds and flies as good as it looks.
Wheel pants are always a special part of the design of this era's aircraft. Here Cam explains some of what went into building them.
The interior is accented in wood and features instruments from the era. There is also the added enhancement of an original fire extinguisher that has been chrome plated.
An interesting feature of this 1936 airplane is its extra long radio antenna that is reeled out during flight. Cam holds the little drogue chute that powers it on the way out.
Taildraggers with big props are notorious for lacking forward vision when taxiing. Cam handles this problem by opening the door and looking out front.
Cam takes a pass down the runway.
Cam and the 'Coupe Comin' Atcha!
Brent Taylor shows the Airpower Museum
This is the exterior of the Airpower Museum. The Museum is part of the Antique Airfield which is the home of the Antique Airplane Association based in Blakesburg, Iowa. Founded by Robert Taylor, the AAA is home to an excellent research library and scores of Classic Airplanes on display. A high point every year is their annual fly-in that draws attendees from all over the country and the world.
In the Museum are a variety of artifacts including many antique engines. Here Brent discusses one of their rare holdings, a counter-rotating SIX cylinder, two-stroke motor. (NOTE: most radials have an odd number of cylinders)
Speaking of engines, here is something quite rare. On the floor is a flat V-12 that was designed to power the flying wing bomber.
Another engine? This is a Curtis OX-5 in good condition.
An example of one of the many aircraft on display.
One of several rooms of memorabilia and historical aviation artifacts.