Clean, safe fun for folks on the ground Sunday. The Aero club puts on a spot-landing contest at Smith Field, one o'clock, right after dinner.
In spot-landing competition no one gets killed or hurt--the tenseness of the "air show" is missing. But it's amusing when instructors look like students and by quirks of fate, students show up like instructors.
Here's the deal" From a predetermined spot above the field, the pilot "cuts his gun." "chops the throttle" or otherwise starts coasting in for a landing. He doesn't dare use anymore power, must maintain a steady angle of glide and attempts to land in a 30-foot circle without any further shenanigans. It's fun and it's free. Bring the family. Also some "flour" bombing. Duck!
"Whitey" Fry, at Plymouth has had a busy week. Soloed Harry Rhoades, who started flying only August 22,. Raymond L. Ringle is hopping friends around the Plymouth field now, with his new private rating.
All the boys from Plymouth are flying to Bunker Hill Sunday for breakfast. If you live over there, get in on it.
The Fry family is a "fly" family, with six members holding commercial instructor ratings. Milt, Mary, Dan, Kenny, Coyle and Reuben. Can anyone beat that?
Frank Hartsock flying auto dealer and son-in-law, Curt Broughton flew to Cleveland air races in Frank's Ercoupe. Enthusiastic about the trip, the pair started at dawn, flew leisurely. Made two or three stops before hitting Cleveland. Were surprised to find they could land at big field where races were in progress. Busses took them to the grandstand.
Number of fast jet-jobs were in the air late afternoon and private ships were held on the field until 5:30 p.m. Frank and Curt took off for Warsaw, made it back home before dark with ease. It's a small world.
Allen "Chick" Herendeen, flying operator at Mentone, just completed extensive improvements on his field. Ready now for his G. I. program with back-log of 20 to 30 students. Now boasts runways 1,900 and 2,000 feet long. Based on the field are five ships, mostly Aeronca Champions and chiefs. Neighbors Frank Meredith and Wayne Shunk own one Aeronca each. Pre-medical student Bub Summers is the instructor at "Chick's Field," in-between pill-learning.
Howard Smith has come up with Globe Swift agency. Now showing and demonstrating a new all-metal low-wing Swift at the field. One of the lowest priced of the fast private planes, the Swift handles like a fighter-ship, but maintains all the civilian safety features. Cruises at a comfortable 120 to 140 miles per hour, lands with flaps at 80. Former army pilots will like it. Ordinary flubs like me would need a little practice with it. A nice airplane.
Watch it boys. New CAA rules and regulations come out Oct. 8, including new low-flight minimums and reckless-flying laws with teeth. Better get 'em and read 'em.
Number of Flying Farmers in Kosko-land might be interested in warm invitation to attend Kentucky state fair at Louisville. Flying Farmer day is Tuesday, Sept. 9. You can land at big Bowman field without radio clearance. You will be met at the southeast apron and escorted to and from the fair. Nice!
Warsaw Daily Times Fri. Sept. 5, 1947