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H.G. Frautschy
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#1 Posted: 1/25/2010 16:46:53 Modified: 1/26/2010 09:16:04

Know a place where something interesting or historic in aviation happened? Post a picture or a hyperlink and a description right here, and tell us all about it.

 



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#2 Posted: 1/26/2010 07:34:30 Modified: 1/26/2010 09:02:01





The following photos are from Walgreen Field in Dixon, IL (C73) - my home base and I'm also on the Airport Board.  The airport was dedicated on 10-28-34 and prior to that, Jimmy Doolittle flew in to inspect the field, give a few rides, and offer his "full approval to the hopes and plans of the locals."

The field was not dedicated Walgreen Field until 7-12-64 by Charles Walgreen, of Walgreen Drug Store fame.

The unique hangar was completed on 12-27-34 and was made from surplus street car rails and brick.  It is still standing and functional today - a remarkable structure!  It has a 110' span arch and stands 29' high.  It was erected by men from the CWA program.

Not sure how historically significant all this is, but thought it would be interesting for readers to see.

 

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#3 Posted: 1/26/2010 09:15:27

Very neat, Greg. The hangar construction is neat to see. That's pretty ingenious!

Any idea what happened to the Heckman family Jenny?

It's tough to date the shot with Byrd and Mr. Walgreen; about all we can say is that it has to be prior to 1957, since the Admiral died at his home in Boston on March 11th of that year.



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#4 Posted: 1/26/2010 09:17:29

Nestled in the grass median in what was then (2003) a Circuit City parking lot, I found this plaque outside the Roosevelt Field shopping mall near Garden City, NY, on Long Island.

It allegedly marks Lindbergh's lift-off point from the famed NYP flight, but I've heard conflicting reports that a now-removed marker inside the mall was the actual spot. Regardless, given all of the greats that flew in and out of Roosevelt, it's hallowed ground to me:


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#5 Posted: 1/26/2010 09:33:56

You can see a fully restored Jenny, and many other old classics, at

http://www.goldenageair.org/

Friendly folks, nice field to fly into and special activities throughout the year as shown on their website.

 



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#6 Posted: 1/26/2010 10:04:39

The Heckman family Jenny.....I wish I could say it was left to me and sitting in my hangar, but unfortunately it's a different Heckman family or at best a very distant relative. 



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#7 Posted: 1/26/2010 13:44:01

Thanks Jerry,

It is a neat place today!

 

In this particular thread, we're really looking for historic locations where aviation history has occurred, such as the location of a aircraft factory, or a now-defunct field where an historic flight took place.



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#8 Posted: 1/26/2010 23:27:42

The spot near Dover where Bleriot landed after his cross channel flight has a neat memorial, and outline of the airplane.  Somewhere I have a photo of me sitting in the pilot's position

 



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#9 Posted: 1/26/2010 23:29:48

And back in the day, before the trees

 

 



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#10 Posted: 1/29/2010 20:09:44

As mentioned in the issue Number 6 of Vintage Aircraft Online, I recently visited the site of the Warner Aircraft Company, where those wonderful Warner engines of pre-WW-II days were built.

If you have more you can add to the history of Warner Aircraft and their production of engines, particularly any information about Mr. Warner, please post it here.
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#11 Posted: 1/29/2010 21:20:21

Historic Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, California, December 6, 2009.  Imagine the history that happened here...

No sign of the old airport anymore, but it looked like some of the hangars were still in the nieghborhood



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#12 Posted: 1/29/2010 21:21:50 Modified: 1/29/2010 21:23:38

And, back in the day, from this site: http://laist.com/2008/06/14/laistory_grand.php

 



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#13 Posted: 1/29/2010 21:25:06

Here's another photo at GCAT that I particularly like



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#14 Posted: 1/29/2010 21:30:25

For more on GCAT, if you can find one under $150, buy John Underwood's book:

 



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#15 Posted: 1/29/2010 21:34:42

Great Stuff, Andrew! There are so many neat places still left. It will be fun to see what our other fellow members come up.



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#16 Posted: 1/30/2010 11:55:45

How about a quiz?

What important event in aviation history happened here?

(Hint, 52 03 26 N , 10 13 24 W )



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#17 Posted: 1/30/2010 22:24:03

 Ooooh Oooooh! I know! A W is in the name of the engine...and...oh, well, that's enough of a hint.

I guess I'll wait a bit and see if anyone else figures this one out...


wink



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#18 Posted: 1/31/2010 22:05:38

"Yes, there's a place on the chart where it all fits -- line of ink on the line of shore"

 

Lyman



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#19 Posted: 2/1/2010 15:03:19
H.G. Frautschy wrote:

 

 Ooooh Oooooh! I know! A W is in the name of the engine...and...oh, well, that's enough of a hint.

I guess I'll wait a bit and see if anyone else figures this one out...


wink

 

Hmm ... too far south to be Alcock and Brown ...



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#20 Posted: 2/1/2010 15:10:07

And it's not where Sabelli and Pond crashed their Bellanca "da Vinci" ...



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