Chapter 1094

Sulphur Springs, TX

Russell Armstrong and an old friend.

Recently, Russell sold his Maule and found and old flame.  He located the 65 HP J-3 Cub that he soloed in on his 16th birthday at Jones Field in Bonham many years ago.  The plane was in California and he had a leisurely flight home and will be putting around the local skies.


Russell Armstrong - 2015 Airshow Performer!

Russel Armstrong and his 1950 de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver will be performing at Ft. Worth Alliance Airshow on September 13, 2015.  Russell will be flying in the STOL demonstration flights.  Here is a link to the performers at the show:



Also, Russell has recently completed his hangar at Commerce Municipal Airport.  We will be holding one of our future meetings there.  The airport will be undergoing a major update to runway and taxiways so we will have to plan around the construction.

UPDATE:  The Maule has been replace by the Cub.  The airport has been renovated and is great shape!  They also have fuel. 

Another New Addition


David McGehee is HOME!  He flew his new Calidus in from Maryland and arrived June 26.  Maybe we can get a story about his flight across the country soon.



The Lucky Breezy  - owned by Julia Robbins and Ben Scarborough, website editor.

I thought I might add a little personal story about the recent storm damage. 

On May 25, the KSLR airport had substantial damage and Marlin's Meadow Airport south of Sulphur Springs had its own excitement.  Two huge oak trees blew over in my front yard, I had roof damage, and the Breezy hangar was obliterated.  However, the Breezy was untouched.

Some of you know that we lost our propeller in October and recently installed a new propeller and were able to have the belated annual inspection. At that inspection, Chuck Olmsted found a rather large crack in cylinder #2.  Another delay.  A "new" cylinder was installed and Chuck returned to complete the inspection - on the morning of May 25.  Paperwork complete, runway mowed; it was time for a test-flight.  But the sky did not look inviting so we decided to save that for another day.

In the early afternoon, I decided to add additional tie-downs to the Breezy.  It had the standard wing tie-down stakes in the ground and the tail was tied to a low horizontal 2X6 at the back of the hangar.  I added ropes from the wings to the poles on either side of the doorway.  At the back, after thinking about it for eight years, I untied the tail rope from that horizontal board and tied it to the base of the support pole. 

The late afternoon storm came through and took out the trees in the yard.  I hurried to the hangar to check on the plane and found Breezy, sitting there as usual, but no hangar.  The two doorway poles that I had tied to were pulled from the ground.  The steel pipe beam above the doorway had been broken off the top of the poles and they had fallen behind the wing, still tied to the struts.  The beam somehow landed underneath the tail.  That means the whole front of the hangar was lifted up and over the plane, then dropped.  The back wall, including the board that the tail had been tied to for eight years, and roof are now in the field north of the hangar.  The pole where I tied the tail was broken off but still laying there tied to the plane.  The east wall was blown against a tree and, oddly enough, the west wall is still standing upright.  The tie-down ropes from the wing struts were still tied to their poles but the ropes now passed over the top of the wings.

That's a lot of description but I wanted to explain that a series of events had to have happened just right for the plane to avoid damage.  The plane had rolled back about a foot and the ropes were tight enough to strum on and play a tune, but the plane didn't have a scratch on it.  I pulled it from the rubble, cranked it up and flew it to KSLR where I parked it in an empty hangar to ride out the subsequent storms.  An undamaged plane in a destroyed hangar and an ag plane wing under the front of a large fuel truck; wind does the craziest things!



Lone Star Maule Round-Up

Russell Armstrong participated in the Lone Star Maule Roundup last April. In his Maule M7, he won 3rd place in STOL competition and took his 1950 de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and won 1st place in Flower Bomb Drop. Don't ask me how he flew both planes there. You would not believe the story I've been told!













Morgan Joslin Solos!

Morgan made his first SOLO flight in a C-172 at Mt. Pleasant.  Jack Kubit, and instructor with Mid America Flight Museum, had the honors!





















Chapter Member First Flight

Yes, it's true.  At about 7:30 on the morning of April 21st, Sonex N92939,
aka "Uncle George", rolled down (up?) runway 19 at KSLR and "slipped the surly
bonds of earth" for an "extended" flight of four (4) minutes.  No. 1 cylinder EKG
showed red and the decision was made to terminate the flight.  A "hot and
high" approach resulted in an exciting moment and three distinct landings.
Unfortunately my little bird is again grounded due to a severe "toe out"
problem.  This landing gear cannot be shimmed so I am going to have to
figure out how to correct the problem--any suggestions would be welcomed.

Stay low and slow and no banking in the turns.

Andrew E. Dalrymple



A New Arrival!

Bill and Jamie Allan have just become the new owners of this beautiful Navion!

This is a 1947 North American Navion L17A. After WW II North American designed and built these for 2 years until a place called Korea and a plane called an F-86 came to be known. The rights were then sold to Ryan Aeronautical. About 2400 were built total with approximately 1/2 being built for the military. This one is representative of how they looked when used by the Army in Korea. General Douglas MacArthur had one that they used for moving him around over there. His had 5 stars in a circle on the side. Although this one remained stateside, I will fly and display it as a tribute to all those who served in the Korean War.




Texas Beaver

Russell Armstrong has succeeded in flying his "new" 1950 de Havilland DH-2 Beaver home from Victoria, British Columbia in northern Canada. Hampered with the typical mechanical and weather delays, he landed at KSLR on January 4.  It is currently sharing a hangar with Scrappy in Danny Goggans' hangar until it's new home is completed in Commerce. So, if you see a HUGE yellow bird flying around, be sure and wave at Russell!

Learn all about his saga and about his life story in aviation, starting in Bonham, Texas.  Russell was the featured guest in the pod-cast, "My Pilot Chronicles".  Click the link to hear the pod-cast:

 My Pilot Chronicles Pod-Cast



Eisenhower's plane, the Connie Columbine II

The Columbine II which was used by President Eisenhower from 1952 to 1954 is in Arizona and currently being made ferryable with the help of a group of dedicated mechanics based at Mt. Pleasant's Historical Air Tours Museum.  Indications are that it is headed to Virginia where it will be based and will undergo a complete restoration.  It will be flown to various airshows and locations for display.  Scott Glover flew the Lockheed 18 to Marana, AZ with the group onboard and they have started to work.  We will get more photos soon.  You can stay informed by visiting Historical Air Tours Facebook page or Scott's Facebook page.  It would be cool if the plane made a stop in Mt. Pleasant on it's way home!



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