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Vintage Aircraft near Central Indiana

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Aaron Wypyszynski
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#1 Posted: 8/11/2010 23:49:55

I am a lifetime EAA member who lives in Alabama.  I recently got engaged and in the wedding planning, the topic of what to do for the engagement pictures came up. As i live and breath aviation (i have been flying since 13 and my senior pics were with the172 i was flying), my fiancee came up with the idea of doing  photos at an airport with a vintage aircraft and us in period attire.  This was a great idea as the airport my plane (Cessna 172A) is based at is a grass strip with a wealth of vintage aircraft.  The problem we soon came to find was that as the wedding is in Indianapolis, so is our photographer.  It is not feasible for the photographer to come to Alabama or for one of the local vintage planes to go to Indiana. 

 I was wondering if anyone knows of someone who has a vintage aircraft within an hour and a half or so of Indianapolis that might be interested in helping?  I would expect to compensate them for the use of their  aircraft.  Here we were looking at using a Stearman, but any WWII or pre WWII aircraft in good condition would work great!  

Thank you for your help!

Aaron



#2 Posted: 8/12/2010 19:42:59

Hi Aaron-

 

See www.amhf.org.  This is one of only three aircraft ever to be on the national register of historic places.



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Gunther Zion
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#3 Posted: 8/12/2010 21:00:16

Hi Aaron, I have two suggestions. Check out Noblesville airport. Maybe 20 minutes from indy. It's a grass strip and has 2 stearmans. Larry Jacobi owns one of them and he's a great guy. He'd probably be happy to help you out. Get the particulars at airnav.com

The other is suggestion is Lee Bottom. It's close to 2 hours south of indy but you'd be hard pressed to find a prettier grass strip. It's right on the ohio river with the river on one side and a tree lined ridge on the other. Rick and Ginger have all kinds of friends that have all manner of vintage A/C.

GZ



Doug Drummond
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#4 Posted: 8/12/2010 22:16:30

Hi:  I grew up in Indianapolis.  Mount Comfort airport, [MQT?] on the east side near the county line has always been a hotbed of homebuilders and warbirds.  My Dad's last years were spent in a nursing home on the east side and we always flew into Mount Comfort or Brookside (now gone).   Both airports had IFR approaches.  We could usually get a crew car at MQT and a ride from the line guy at Brookside.  So check out Mount Comfort.  P.S.  When both my parents were alive, they went to an airshow at Mt. Comfort and my Dad really liked the warbirds.  He was a crypto Sargent in the Air Corps during WW-2, and said he got a ride in a P-38 while they had the radio gear (behind the pilot) in the shop.

 

---Doug Drummond, International Flying Club.



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Doug Drummond
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#5 Posted: 8/12/2010 22:29:34

Doug Drummond again:  The PV-2 Harpoon mentioned in another post is a wonderful restoration.  I have toured it at Oshkosh.  The crew told me that their electronic geeks didn't even care that the goodies were mounted in an airplane--I'm a ham and retired electronics engineer.  It really has been restored to the full military configuration including ALL the electronics.

 

-- Doug.



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Ross Gresley
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#6 Posted: 8/14/2010 15:16:06

Aaron,

Check also with the gang from EAA Chapter 226 in Anderson, IN. There is a Waco and a Great Lakes in the group



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#7 Posted: 8/14/2010 15:36:41

Aaron,

Oops, I forgot to mention that two Hatzs also reside in the Chapter 226 group. Not WWII, but maybe that might work also.

Ross



Aaron Wypyszynski
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#8 Posted: 8/16/2010 23:27:12

Hey Everyone,

Thank you so much for all your help!  I knew when i had trouble finding any info online there was one place i really should have turned to in the first place... here!  I have made several good contacts now and have several possibilities.  Thanks so much for everyones help!


Aaron