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59 Lonely Years - The Barn Cub

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Wayne Bressler
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#1 Posted: 2/6/2010 08:49:56 Modified: 2/6/2010 08:51:08

Here's the latest story over on www.taildraggersinc.com
59 Lonely Years59 Lonely Years - The Barn Cub


I spend a lot of time surfing the net looking for interesting stories for Taildraggers, Inc.  The web of aviation sites is overwhelming sometimes, and as you weave your way through it's tangled mess of somehow-connected pages, every once in a while you come upon something truly extraordinary.  This is one of those stories.

Charles Moseley bought NC7057H brand new in 1946 and he and his daughter, Charlotte, used it for flying between his ranch operations for the next several years.  When the ranch was sold in 1950, the airplane was no longer needed, and was pushed back into the barn.  It had 197 hours on the airframe.

59 Lonely Years - The Barn CubJared Calvert discovered the airplane in 2009 while looking for a project to turn into a Clipped Wing Cub.  Realizing the very rare opportunity he had found, the Cub is now being restored back to original condition, and will no doubt be one of the lowest time Cubs in existence.

The project is underway at Ranger Airfield in Ranger, TX (F23).  Intentions are to use the Cub to introduce more people to aviation, and expose and inform people about the efforts to preserve Ranger Airfield.

To read the full story of the Barn Cub, please read the Texas Chapter of the Antique Airplane Associations April 2009 Newsletter.  To learn more about Ranger Airfield, and the Cub restoration project, please visit the Ranger Airfield website.    
I discovered this story on Dan Linn's "Another TIme" blog.  http://flytoanothertime.blogspot.com/
For more great "Aerotainment", please check out my website, www.taildraggersinc.com


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H.G. Frautschy
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or Craftsman
#2 Posted: 2/9/2010 20:26:58

That's fantastic, Wayne! See guys and gals, there really are still airplanes in barns!

H.G. Frautschy, Executive Director, VAA Editor of Vintage Airplane magazine & Vintage Aircraft Online
Clarke Tate
Vintage Aircraft Association MemberHomebuilder or Craftsman
#3 Posted: 2/11/2010 04:30:27


That was a great story. Thank you for posting this.

C Tate
Wayne Bressler
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#4 Posted: 2/14/2010 22:00:13

All the credit really goes to Jared for letting this story get out into the public, and the tubes of the internet.  I wish we could all be so lucky to find something like this once in our lifetimes.
Be sure to visit the Ranger Airfield website, and Dan Linn's "Another Time" blog.  Links above.

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Jerry Rosie
Young Eagles Pilot or Volunteer
#5 Posted: 2/15/2010 09:12:12

This seems like an appropriate place to re-post an email I just received:

I am member no. 240 and have very much enjoyed your publication over the past couple of years; thank you for your time and effort in putting out this great newsletter!

I have a very complete Aeronca project that I purchased off of eBay during the summer of 2002.  Briefly, this project is a 1940 Super Chief (N31491) 65-CA, that includes all original components, including, but not limited to:
  • The restored fuselage, nearly ready for rigging and covering
  • A complete set of original instruments, original (plastic) instrument panel, and yokes.
  • An A-65-8 engine
  • All ancillary components, including, but not limited to, the landing gear, struts, cowling, main and auxiliary fuel tanks, new windshield, and wheel pants
  • Factory drawings and very complete records, including early correspondence between the factory (John Houser) and the current aircraft owner during the early 1970s.
The wings are complete but the glue has aged and many of the rigs are "beat-up".  The spars appear to be in great shape (i.e., no compression fractures, or dry rot), as is the wing hardware.
According to factory correspondence (from John Houser), this airplane was built on 16 August 1940; it was the 28th 65 LB built (later converted to an 65-CA). This project has been stored in a dry (Denver) climate and in my garage since I purchased it. According to the aircraft log, it hasn't flown since 1957, has very little time on the airframe, and was never wrecked.
This is an unusually complete project of a "pre-war" Aeronca Super Chief.  Unfortunately, due to the economy, I am now faced with selling this project.
The reason I'm writing to you about this project, Robert is because I am interested in your thoughts on who I may contact that will be interested in completing this project.  I am concerned that if I sell it on the open market through such methods as eBay, or the Aeronca Aviator classified section, that it may be purchased and parted-out.  I don't know how you feel about this, but to me, it would be a real shame to break-up this airplane!
If anyone is interested they can contact Matt directly at 303-933-9429 or at mmgshafer@aol.com.  (He's located in Colorado)

Cheers, Jerry NC22375 out of 07N
Randy Sonefeld
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerAirVenture Volunteer
#6 Posted: 3/15/2010 15:28:02

Wayne, I really enjoyed this post. I've dreamed of finding an old Cub just like my Dads that I could restore. Brings back old memories of grass strips the smell of AV fuel and flying with my father.

Thank you.

Wayne Bressler
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#7 Posted: 3/19/2010 19:02:41

If anyone is interested in seeing the progress on a different Cub restoration, cruise on over to Don Parson's blog "Flying Antique Airplanes" and follow along as he restores his J-3.  Often accompanied by his children, the blog is filled with great photos of airplanes other than just the J-3.  It really is a fun blog to read.


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