Mar 2012 Love those Saturdays!
I love Saturdays! And I really love Saturdays when I get to spend the entire day flying into grass strips and hanging around great taildraggers. My mid-afternoon was spent getting my Biannual flight review and you can tell by the picture that CFI Wayne Norris and I had a good time doing it.
Hey, I got started talking airplanes and flying way before that though! Chapter 1121’s EAA meeting started with an early breakfast then on to Harter Field for a look at what the guys are working on. Harter’s got a really nice 2500′ grass strip east of Indy. On this beautiful blue sky morning it was hard to believe all the boys drove in and my Rans S7 was the only fly-in arrival.
They’ve got some great old airplanes in a couple of hangars including a Fleet, Champ, Chief, Cub, Cessna 170, and 3 Davis Monoplane projects.
The one getting all the attention was rightfully the Davis project…. No, make that 3 Davis projects. The group is restoring/rebuilding one D-1K Davis for the grandson of the original owner and they have pieces and Kinner engines from others they are incorporating into 2 additional aircraft.
The Davis Monoplane is a rare, vintage aircraft designed and built in Richmond, Indiana by Walter C. Davis from 1929 to 1930 and this is anÂ ambitiousÂ and exiting project for several Indianapolis area EAAers.
It’s always interesting to see old aircraft coming back to life but nothing tops hearing the passion the builders have for their projects. We all owe a huge thank you to all the craftsmen that are saving and restoring these and other antique and vintage aircraft everywhere.