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Jordan Carr
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#1 Posted: 10/22/2009 13:33:27

I was browsing the internet recently and found what I think may be the prettiest homebuilt I have ever seen. Has anyone else ever seen this before or maybe you know something about it? It is called an Inland Sport.




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Doug Tomas
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#2 Posted: 10/22/2009 15:15:41

A quick Google search turned up this:

http://www.dmairfield.com/airplanes_type/inland/index.html

Talks about the designer and those that landed at Davis-Monthan Airfield.  Neat stuff!!
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#3 Posted: 10/22/2009 19:14:04

A friend of mine (Floyd Brown, since deceased) owned an Inland Sport in the 1960s/early 1970s time frame.  While the aircraft was in a state of being restored, he sold the aircraft to the Araldi family of Lakeland, FL.  The family completed the restoration of the aircraft and  Mr. Brown and his wife, myself and my wife attended a "corn rost/fly-in" at the Araldi's hanger at Lakeland Linder airport in 1973 to see the Inland Sport for the first time since the restoration was  completed.  You are right, the little airplane is a really nice airplane.

As an aside, the Araldi fly-in (in my estimation) resulted in what is now the Lakeland Sun-N-Fun annual fly-in.

I have no idea where the Araldi Inland sport is at this time...the family could still be the owners?

For what it is worth,

John Newman

Green Cove Springs, FL

 

 



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#4 Posted: 10/22/2009 20:20:37

Hi ...The inland sport is a beautiful airplane. Susn Dusenbury if Eden NC owned one. She is a long time EAA member And restored several airplanes on being a beautiful Culver Cadet That was featured on the cover of Sport aviation magazine some time ago.She flys for Airborne.  You might find her address at Shiloh airport in Eden NC...Mike Edwards, I hope this helps 



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#5 Posted: 10/22/2009 21:06:59

Thank you guys for your responses! It is awesome to see how closely knit the aviation world is. I don't know if plans are available for this plane; after I searched on google I didn't come up with anything. It looks to be a steal frame fuselage and most likely wood wing design. I had always wondered what a single wing, one seat Stearman would look like =)



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#6 Posted: 10/22/2009 22:19:37

 

It just so happens that Lance Borden, the grandson of the Inland Sport designer, held a presentation on this airplane at our Chapter meeting last Tuesday. Here is his description from our newsletter.

 

 

Lance Borden and his 1929 Inland Sport Monoplane

Restoration Project

 

By Lance S. Borden

I want to tell you a little about my 1929 Inland Sport airplane.

First of all, my grandfather, Lawrence Dewey Bonbrake, was born in Woodston, Kansas in 1899. He loved aviation and was 4-years-old when the Wright Brothers flew in 1903. He was a barnstormer in 1920 with a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny.

My grandmother fell in love with the dashing young barnstormer and they were married in 1922. He attended Valparaiso University and became an airplane designer. He designed the Inland Sport in about 1927 and built and flew the prototype in 1928.

He found financial backing and started making Inland Sport airplanes at Fairfax Airport in Kansas City in late 1928. The first production Inland Sport was announced in September 1929. They made somewhere between 46 and 90 airplanes until the Great Depression put them into bankruptcy in 1932.

My grandfather never really got over the disappointment of the collapse of Inland Aviation. He went on to work for many aviation companies until he finally died of a stroke at the young age of 56 in 1955. I remember him very well, even though he died when I was only nine-years-old. He was an inspiration to me and is precisely why I have spent my life working in Aerospace.

Inland Sport airplanes went on to set World Speed and Altitude records in 1929 and 1930. They won many races at the 1930 National Air Races in Chicago. Several of those races were flown by women, such as May Haizlip, Vera Dawn Walker, and Marty Bowman.

In August, 1931 Marty Bowman flew Inland Sport, Super Sport, registration NC252N from San Diego to Cleveland in the Continental Derby that later became the Powder Puff Derby. She won third place in that race.

I have known about Inland Sport airplanes and always wanted to see one ever since I was a little kid. For several years I have been gathering information on Inland Sport airplanes for a book I intend to write. I found the locations and owners of the seven existing Inland Sports that are still registered with the FAA. My research led me to visit two owners of Inlands and also allowed me to find one that was for sale.

In July 2007, I was able to purchase Inland Sport, Super Sport, model W-500, registration NC252N. I brought it back from Louisville, Kentucky in a U-Haul 26-foot moving van. I have been working on it ever since, as much as time and money have allowed. I have it about 1/3 restored as of now. This is a very historical airplane, having been flown by both May Haizlip and Marty Bowman. I have documentation to prove this.

I am 63 years old and retired from Boeing a year ago. I have a private pilot license and A&P license. I am working part-time, 20 hours a week as a sub-contractor to Boeing supporting the man who replaced the man who replaced me in the Shuttle program.

I keep the Inland Sport, NC252N that I am restoring and my 1948 Luscombe, model 8-F, registration N1372B that I fly, in hangar “CB” at Ellington Field.

 



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#7 Posted: 10/23/2009 08:56:57

Wow that is really cool that you got to hear him talk. Thank you for adding that information!



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#8 Posted: 1/5/2010 22:34:48

Just found this picture that I took of the owner taxi testing this aircraft last fall.  Raven Aero Service, Junction City, KS, restored this aircraft.   I am sure you have figured out this isn't a kit.  Only a few Inland sports left and maybe 2 flyable.  Chuck Hall owns 2 of these aircraft and they will both be flying when the second one is restored in 2011/12.  If you're interested I believe this aircraft is for sale.  www.midwestaviators.org 



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#9 Posted: 1/11/2010 21:43:05

hi, my name is Don A. Pardew , my dad i think use to own this plane ,# n254n , this was the first airplane that i flew in when i was only 6mo's old in 1951 . dad had rebuilt this plane in compton ca , and painted it  dark blue and dope silver , i have pictures of this plane at compton airport just before a storm came and fliped it over and wrecked it so, dad just stored it at long beach air port when we moved there in 1960 . my dad worked for steward& davis aircraft , untill he opened his own flight service at long beach , in i think about 1964 , from then untill 1970 , when my dad was killed in a plane crach at blyth ca .\, flying a piper 140 , in a bad weather accident .any way , after my dad died this plane dissapered from our hanger in long beach , i found out later that my stupid step mother sold it at an auction , this plane didn't belong to her , but to me and my dad .I'd like to see more inland sports flying . i just love this plane , it reminds me of the times flying with my dad in our pa-12's  . I've aways wanted this plane back here in long beach and back into our family . i lkie this white paint job and pant's , our inland didn't sport the pants ,but dad did have them , i know becase i remember moving them from storage to hangers when i was a kid , besides playing in it as it sat in our hanger at the air port , wishing that dad wood put her back together again , so we could fly it together again .i can be reached at 562 /612-3229 or 562-428-0106 wk. thank you , Don A.Pardew



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#10 Posted: 3/8/2010 21:32:07 Modified: 4/7/2010 23:48:57

hi, every one it's me again don pardew, say ,i was just talking to and old friend that use to be a state attourney, he told me that if my dad A.T.PARDEW had owned the inland sport N2545 N. before he was remarried to my step mom , that the inland sport that was sold at aution was done so illegally. if this is so then guess what!! give it back .HA,HA,just joking .don

 



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#11 Posted: 3/11/2010 22:20:00
don pardew wrote:

 

hi, every one it's me again don pardew, say ,i was just talking to and old friend that use to be a state attourney, he told me that if my dad A.T.PARDEW had owned the inland sport N2545 N. before he was remarried to my step mom , that the inland sport that was sold at aution was done so illegally. if this is so then guess what!! give it back .

 

Good Luck on your Quest... ;>



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#12 Posted: 4/7/2010 23:45:45

thank's CC, i made a mistake on my dad 's inland sport , the N number is N264N , not ,N254N, as i thought . i was just looking at the picture's again and saw the N number and noticed that it was not N254N. Ok ,i'm blind as a pair of wheel choc'k's!! but , any way , bob marqurt , rebuilt my dads inland sport back in the the late 70's and i think he painted it silver and a lite blue, it didn't look as nice as my dad's. he painted it dark blue and a yellow stripe , kinda like a navy trainner would be , but of corse , my dad did serve in the navy on the USS OMAHA  FROM 1937 TO 1940 . the he worked at northrope on the p-61 as a enginner , engines and  maintaince, teaching orthers how to keep the p-61 flying . my dad was almost killed durring that time from a fast taxi test , on april 12th 1944 , he was showing some kadet's how to taxi the p-61 when he hit a sand bag left out on the taxi way by army personal, the front wheel colapsed and sent my dad flying up and out of the cockpit , right through the plexi glass and inbetween the moving prop's !! I almost wasn't born, and sometimes i wished i wasn't , as we all do at times .I would really love to beable to fly in the o'l inland again , before i die .I just love old planes , and flying in general, i just wish i could get back into working on them ,instead of building vw engine for this ding dong that i work for now . please ,if any one has new pictures of N264N ,or just want's talk , please write me , pcwings@charter.net, Don.A.Pardew



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#13 Posted: 5/1/2010 12:38:40

hi, every one ,AGAIN, it's me ,don pardew airport brat , i was looking at the picture at top and noticed that the N number is N264N , this use to be my dads old inland sport he had at compton airport back when i was a kid ,i like it better in the paint that it has now ,it looks great . I wonder just how much he'd want for it ,now ? yeah, i'm just dreaming again . don pardew , long beach flyers.



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#14 Posted: 8/16/2010 14:04:51

The plane in the picture is obviously an Inland Sport. It was refurbished by Marvin Hornbostel of Linn Kansas, those are actually his hangars in the background. He is at this current moment, being interviewed here in our production room to be broadcast on a show called Up Close. I will post the date of his appearance for all those who might be interested in listening to this man who has devoted his life to restoring and refurbishing classic planes. The website is KCLYRadio.com just click on the Up close tab under programs.



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#15 Posted: 1/8/2011 23:19:17

 hi, john that so called home build is not, of corse you know that now, any way that plane ,when my dad owned it and flying out of compton air port in ca, was the first air plane that i flew in at the age of 6.5 MO'S OLD!! my mom at the time wasn't really thrilled with my dad either at the time .but ,dad told me later in life that i just loved it , but ,again that a proud dad talking about his new son ,and that was in 1952.i sure wish i could buy that plane and bring it back to long beach airport, the guy's at long beach flying club would just go nut's over it !! buy the way ,john you live in ARK. my cousin's live in jonesboro ARK. you've probly heard of tony pardew, olimpic construction .comp. buy ,for now ,don pardew