Rally to Blakesburg

AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In, August 28 – September 2, 2018

The Antique Airplane Association Inc. (AAA). and the Air Power Museum Inc. (APM) cordially invite our AAA members and their guests to the 66th National AAA Fly-In and the 46th AAA/APM Invitational Fly-In. Come join us to celebrate HARAAH, the Historic Airfield Rally to Antique Airfield.

We are calling on owners of pre-1941 airplanes (certified or homebuilt design) to participate in the inaugural “Historic Airfield Rally to the Antique Airfield Homecoming,” forever after to be known as HARAAH.

Since 1953 the AAA has worked to ‘Keep The Antiques Flying’. In 2008, for instance, AAA/APM achieved great success during its invitational fly-in by hosting “Air Mail Days”. Not only did airplanes that once flew the Air Mail attend, but AAA-member crews were sworn in by the United States Postal Service to actually fly the mail in 17 antique/classic airplanes. In 2019 HARAAH will build on this tradition of experiencing historical flight as it really happened… or nearly so.

Between August 28 and September 2nd (Labor Day Weekend) up to 25 pre-registered crews will fly antique/classic aircraft from all over the US to rendezvous with hundreds of other antique and classic aircraft at Antique Airfield (IA27) near Blakesburg, IA. Along the way, these emissaries of aviation’s storied past are being encouraged to stop at airfields of historic significance. Examples include, but are not limited to, former aircraft manufacturing sites, such as Lock Haven, PA (KLHV), onetime home to Piper Aircraft; or Iowa City, IA (KIOW), which was a stop along the transcontinental Air Mail route. Former military bases, such as Sweetwater, TX (KSWW) and Ottumwa, IA (KOTM) are likely stops, as are private aerodromes with historic roots, such as Koerner Field outside Kankakee, IL (3KK). And fields with aviation museums housing historic airplanes such as First Flight at Kitty Hawk, NC (KFFA) or Mid America Flight Museum in Mt. Pleasant, TX (KOSA). The point is, we not only want to keep the antiques flying but also the airfields they once used. We want to bring attention to these historic aerodromes and, in doing so, help keep them open. Speaking of open, we’re open to more suggestions. What’s your favorite historic airport?

How it works: AAA members with appropriate aircraft who wish to participate must register in advance as well as let us know the route and airports they plan to include. Up to 25 aircraft will be designated as official entrants and issued commemorative logbooks in which to record—and later share—their journeys to the 2019 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in. Don’t plan to register as one of the 25 entrants but still want to fly the routes? Great! Anyone, in any aircraft, is welcome to fly the same routes and visit the same historically significant airports enroute to Antique Airfield. Visitors to the annual Fly-in at Blakesburg must be AAA members, but that’s easily achieved by joining AAA and registering to attend the 2019 Labor Day Weekend AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in, where aviation history is alive and flying!

Anyone interested in participating,—as pilot or sponsor–in the first ever HARAAH, please contact Brent Taylor at AAA Headquarters, or call (641) 938-2773.

Brent Taylor
President AAA
AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in Chairman

HARAAH Participants

Addison Pemberton, Spokane, WA in his 1931 Stearman 4DM

My plan is to intercept Ben Scott and company in Ogden Utah and fly I-80 and a segment of CAM 18 to Omaha, with a stop at the historic airports along the way then a stopover in Greenfield, IA before the IA27 arrival on Thursday.

Dave & Jeanne Allen from Elbert, CO. Likely in their 1934 Waco YKC.

We’re planning our overnight stop at Red Oak, IA (KRDK) prior to IA27. They are very supportive of hosting a HARAAH stop there. We will make at least one other stop in Nebraska. Our typical MO is small airports with good grass. We’re excited about HARAAH… should be fun!

Ben Scott, Larry & Ilse Harmacinski from Reno, NV in Ben’s 1930 Stearman 4E

I expect to hit the CAM 18 stops, meeting with Addison at some point.

Jeff Cain from Denver, CO in his 1940 Piper J4A

Our flight will now be “from Lindbergh to Earhart”, as we will be stopping at Bird City (Lindbergh) and following Highway 36 East to Atchison KS (birthplace of Amelia Earhart) on our way to Blakesburg. We are hoping to stop in Bird City on Tuesday Aug 27 (weather permitting), where Rod Young of Bressler-Young Aviation will give us a tour of the Lindbergh displays at the Bird City Library and at the Antique Engine and Thresher Museum, dinner at Big Ed’s in Bird City, and a short hop for an overnight in Oberlin, KS. (Bird City no longer has a motel.)

Jerry Griggs from Goddard, KS in his 1940 Piper J-5A.

Jerry reports his route will likely be from the Wichita, KS area (where there’s a plethora of Historic Airfields) to Antique Airfield. However he states, “There is a chance I may fly up to Michigan first to visit grandkids. In that case I’ll be flying from Kalamazoo, MI to IA27. Or perhaps we could make it Wichita to IA27 via Kalamazoo.”

Robert Patrick from Weiser, ID in his Waco Taperwing replica.

“Our route will be the airmail stops starting at SLC plus a side leg to Bird City, Kansas, stop in North Platte and Greenfield, IA”. Robert further states; “…..the historical background of the Harrah is inviting and I very much like to help any entity that is trying to preserve early aviation, such as Bird KS.”

Russell Madden from Graford, TX in his Pietenpol Aircamper

I haven’t got a route in mind but if anyone is going from the DFW or west Texas area maybe they can give me a yell and maybe we could meet you as a group on the way up? If there is any place you would like me to stop on the way let me know.

Eric Amundson in his 1940 Taylorcraft BC-65.

Eric is based at Ft Dodge, IA and plans to fly from there to Alliance OH (where Taylorcrafts were built) then back to Antique Airfield. “The route I initially set up is KFOD Fort Dodge, IA to KCWI Clinton, IA to KOXI Stark County Knox, Indiana to KOWX Putnam County Ottawa, Oh to 2D1 Alliance, Oh which is a grass strip a couple miles north of the Taylorcraft factory. The return trip is 2D1 to KDFI Defiance, Oh to KRZL Jasper County Rensselaer, In to C75 Marshall County Lacon, IL to IA27.”

Eric plans to also add a few more stops: Stopping at KIGQ Lansing Airport south of Chicago. Henry Ford built a hangar there to house Ford Tri-Motors. Also adding KSMD Smith Field Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was the city’s first municipal airport in 1925 and was on the mail route in the early 30s.

People and Airplanes Already Registered

Addison Pemberton
1931 Stearman 4DM-1 Sr. Speedmail from WA
(Dave Lahrman photo)
Ed Lachendro
2007 Hatz Classic from WI
(Paul Stevens photo)
Russell Williams
1938 Ryan SCW from WA
(Dave Lahrman photo)
Jeff Cain
1940 Piper J4A from CO
(photo courtesy of Jeff Cain)
Richard Smith
1945 Monocoupe 90AL from PA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
Tim Verhoeven
1946 Stinson 108-1 from MN
(AAA Archives photo)
Jere Calef
1948 Cessna 195 from CA
(Roger Cain photo)
John Swander
1932 Waco UEC from KS
(Alan Achor photo)
Chris Lehner
2013 Corben Baby Ace C from WA
(Brent Taylor photo)
Luigi Moretti
1936 Fleet 7B from PA
(Brent Taylor photo)
Tom Brown
1941 Waco UPF-7 from WI
(Brent Taylor photo)
David Gleiter
1956 Cessna 180 from KS
(photo courtesy of David Gleiter)
David Bole
1988 Great Lakes 2T-1A from WA
(photo courtesy of David Bole)
Stefan Honegger & Andre Schneeberger
1943 Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing from Switzerland
(Dave Lahrman photo)
Jim Zazas
1946 Luscombe 8A from NC
(photo courtesy of Jim Zazas)
Sharon Tinkler
1948 Luscombe 8F (Larsen conversion) from TN
(AAA Archives photo)
Paul Isakson
1936 Taylor J-2 from WI
(Paul Stevens photo)
Ron Shank
1939 Luscombe 8A from KS
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
Frank Clarke
1945 Piper J-3 from NE
(photo courtesy of Frank Clarke)
Travis Gregory
1947 Aeronca 11BC (aka “Cousin Eddie”) from IA
(Paul Stevens photo)
Jeff Nelson
1946 Piper J-3 Clip Wing Cub from WI
(Dave Lahrman photo)
Michael “Mad Dog” Watson
1946 Piper J-3 from GA
(photo courtesy of Michael Watson)
Chris Rhoads
1950 Piper PA-20 Pacer from IN
(photo courtesy of Chris Rhoads)
William Weyers
1952 Cessna 170B from IA
(Paul Stevens photo)
Chad Hill
2011 Pietenpol Aircamper from NE
(G.R.Dennis Price photo)
Bruce McElhoe
2017 Bearhawk LSA from CA
(G.R.Dennis Price photo)
Vaughn Lovley
1928 Laird LC-B-200, the “Honeymoon Laird” from MN
(Dave Swartz photo)
John Nance
1936 Stinson SR-8C from CA
(Alan Achor photo)
Ric Woldow
1943 Stearman E75 from IL
(Dave Miller photo)
Mike Townsley
1946 Aeronca 7AC from IA
(photo courtesy of Mike Townsley)
Karl Von Kaenel
1949 Navion A from SC
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)
Jim & Kathleen Schreier
1955 Cessna 170B from IA
(G.R. Dennis Price photo)