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Meet the Pilots & Planes of "That They Might Fly Again" Part 3

Victor Riffel - 1941 Boeing/Stearman PT-17

VicStearmanAndHouse
Important for this series are Vintage Airplanes owned by individuals with their "eyes on the skies". Guys who live to fly. Who caught the bug. Victor Riffel is one such man. He did not solo until middle age but ever since has continually moved onward and upward. To that end, he now owns a Classic Stearman AND has built a home right on the edge of a runway with a hangar for a garage. Every pilot’s dream.

VicShowsCockpit
Victor enjoys introducing others to the joy of open cockpit flying. Scores of folks have stepped into the front seat of this classic biplane.

VicShowsGear
One common modification to these vintage Stearmans is the updated brakes Vic shows here.

VicShowsTail
The Stearman tail features the Art Deco lines prevalent in the Vintage Airplane Era.

VicShowsMotor
This 7 cylinder Continental radial is rated at 220 horsepower.

TaxiToward_Dramatic
Victor is suited up, the Continental hitting on all 7, ready to grab some air.

StearmanTakeoff
Early in the roll the tail comes up on a Stearman. Takeoff is soon afterwards.

StearmanPassby
Victor added a smoke system which makes for fun during low passes at Fly-Ins.

StearmanPassover
Passing overhead, there isn't a bad angle to take a picture of this Classic BiPlane.

StearmanStatic
Smoke just released from the Continental exhaust provides a cloud-like background.

Kent Foster and his '37 Fairchild 24

KentAndFairchild24
Kent and his Fairchild in front of his "hangar on a hill" in The Flint Hills of Kansas.

KentAndGear
Except for the tailwheel, the Fairchild's empennage is aerodynamically faired well.

KentShowsTail
Because there are some busy gophers in the area, Bill likes to check for holes before taking off on the grass field.

KentAndEngine
Kent shows the Warner radial.

FairchildTaxis
Kent taxis the attractive "24" out to the grass runway.

FairchildAtTopOfHill
Kent hangars the Fairchild at "Leo's Place". The runway is on a definite grade.

FairchildFlyby
A Fairchild Flyby!

FairchildSunGlint
Sun glistens on the Fairchild's back as it glides through the air with ease.

Marvin Hornbostel-Master of Restoration

MarvinAndAwards
Marvin Hornbostel of Junction City, Kansas, shown here with new awards recently bestowed upon him at the annual Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

MarvinAndRibs
Marvin holds one of his specialties - a wooden wing rib modeled from a "past prime" vintage wing.

MarvinAndCover
While the skeletons are still wood, modern covering materials are acceptable for most restoration projects.

MarvinAndInlandSport
Marvin shows a project in the pipeline - an Inland Sport.

MarvinAndSpars
Not just any wood will do for aircraft spars. Here is some choice Sitka Spruce.

MarvinAndEAARestoration
Marvin is dedicated to "passing the torch" to the next generation. He and his EAA Chapter work with local youth on this airplane project.

MarvinAndSimulator
Another big hit with the youth at EAA meetings is this flight simulator.