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02/08/2020

Saturday Workday update with Doug Smith at Mid America Flight Museum North!

Auto Racing ledgend Mr. Carroll Shelby....Scott Glover 10 years ago today was out having fun flying with Carroll Shelby ...
02/08/2020

Auto Racing ledgend Mr. Carroll Shelby....Scott Glover 10 years ago today was out having fun flying with Carroll Shelby and his wife Cleo in their Russian built AN-2. What an amazing man he was..... In all the years I knew him believe it or not we never mentioned a race car that I remember! We were flying buddies.

9 years ago today was out having fun flying with Carroll Shelby and his wife Cleo in their Russian built AN-2. What an amazing man he was..... In all the years I knew him believe it or not we never mentioned a race car that I remember! We were flying buddies.

A busy week by the Mid America Flight Museum team culminated in several flights of some of our more seasoned aircraft. S...
02/03/2020

A busy week by the Mid America Flight Museum team culminated in several flights of some of our more seasoned aircraft. Saturday evening, we took 1929 Travel Air 6000 and 1929 Fairchild 71 up for a flight over the beautiful Lake Bob Sandlin. Kelly Mahon did a great job wrangling the TA6000 for the flight while Andrew Kiest along with our good friend Henrik Tyskerud, visiting from Norway, flew the Fairchild. Other museum aircraft that flew this weekend were the 1929 Curtiss Robin, the 1929 Ford Trimotor, 1931 Stinson highwing Trimotor, and the 1928 Travel Air 4000 bi-plane. We enjoyed Henrik's company over the past few days and were glad to see him log flights in most of these aircraft. They are contemporaries to the Ford Model A and are still flying strong.

What a beautiful day for February in Northeast Texas. Andrew Kiest along with Henrick Tyskerud in the 1929 Fairchild 71 ...
02/02/2020

What a beautiful day for February in Northeast Texas. Andrew Kiest along with Henrick Tyskerud in the 1929 Fairchild 71 (front) and Kelly Mahon piloting the 1929 Travel Air 6000. (far)

01/30/2020
Travelair 6000 Restoration Update: Wing Strut Fairings

Computer modeling and 3D printing aids fabrication of new balsa wing strut fairings for the Travelair 6000 project. To ensure minimal waste and accurate reproductions of the originals we "virtually" assembled the fairing to ensure that multiple segments could be made from each balsa 2X4. Since they were modeled in 3D cad already, 3D printed countour sanding blocks became an obvious choice.

Andrew Kiest cycling ChemTrail switch on the Beech 18. We have no mosquito's at the Mt Pleasant Airport ! January 20 , 2...
01/30/2020

Andrew Kiest cycling ChemTrail switch on the Beech 18. We have no mosquito's at the Mt Pleasant Airport ! January 20 , 2017

Andrew Kiest cycling ChemTrail switch on the Beech 18. We have no mosquitos at the Mt Pleasant Airport !

Another eventful Wing Wednesday!  We laid out the fabric for the top of the Stinson's left wing and began gluing it down...
01/29/2020

Another eventful Wing Wednesday! We laid out the fabric for the top of the Stinson's left wing and began gluing it down to the leading edge.

Thinking back fondly to the day that Mid America Flight Museum helped to celebrate the opening of the Memphis Belle exhi...
01/29/2020

Thinking back fondly to the day that Mid America Flight Museum helped to celebrate the opening of the Memphis Belle exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton Ohio back in May of 2018. Scott Glover can be seen piloting Lou IV on the right of the Mustang gaggle.

01/23/2020
Travelair 6000 Restoration Right Wing Trial Fit

Yesterday was another big day at Mid America Flight Museum North on the Travelair 6000 restoration!

The team, with the help of our high school student helpers, moved the right wing from the center hangar bay to the north hangar bay, installed the right aileron, got the wing ready to install, and mounted the wing on the fuselage to start the test rigging and plumbing!

Once all the loose ends have been tied up and everything fits perfectly, we'll take the wing back off of the fuselage and it will be ready to be covered!

Lots of progress being made in getting this airplane ready to fly once again!

01/23/2020

Doing some after hours plane planing on new balsa strut fairings for the #travelair6000 #midamericaflightmuseum #travelair #n8112 #shavings>dust #aircraftrestoration #eaavintage

01/12/2020
Guess this plane....

Let's see how goo y'all are. Take your best guess as to what plane this is....

01/12/2020
Erik Johnston Photography / Videography

Erik Johnston Photography / Videography

Short clip of me shooting the Stinson Trimotor taking off from Mid America Flight Museum in Mt. Pleasant, TX.

01/09/2020
Wing Off Wednesday

A few weeks ago at Mid America North the left wing of the Travelair 6000 was installed for a final rigging check and fairing fabrication. Yesterday we had a "Wing Off Wedesday" party as those task are completed and the wing is ready for covering! Another important milestone in the project for sure. Each day brings another small victory on the path to completion.

01/06/2020

Carl Best talks about the history of our T-28A model as he and this plane go back to the 1960’s.

At MAFM North the holiday school break allowed one of our *five* active parent/child duos a chance to work on the Travel...
12/31/2019

At MAFM North the holiday school break allowed one of our *five* active parent/child duos a chance to work on the Travelair 6000 together today. Dan and Alexander were hard at work on the rear bulkhead of the interior, a challenging piece that will look fantastic once completed. Days like this remind us all that we are building more than an airplane in Urbana Ohio.

A major step forward this week; installation of the first two interior panels!  The TA's gonna start looking a bit less ...
12/20/2019

A major step forward this week; installation of the first two interior panels! The TA's gonna start looking a bit less skeletal. 😉

For more progress reports, follow us on Instagram @travelair6000.

Thanks for the kind words about the Stinson A @EAA, it sure is a favorite of ours!
12/19/2019

Thanks for the kind words about the Stinson A @EAA, it sure is a favorite of ours!

This 1936 Stinson Model A trimotor is an elegant ambassador for the golden age of airline travel, and was one of the stars in the Vintage area at #OSH19. 📷 Scott Slocum⁠

The difference a year makes!  The first photo is from this time last year, versus what it looks like currently.  It's un...
12/18/2019

The difference a year makes! The first photo is from this time last year, versus what it looks like currently. It's unbelievable how far we've come!

This is a quick update on the restoration of the 1929 Travel Air 6000 at MAFM North, Urbana, Ohio. For more, follow us of Instagram @travelair6000.

12/16/2019
Another shot from this past Saturday's photo shoot of three of Mid America Flight Museum's trimotors. Front to back, is ...
12/16/2019

Another shot from this past Saturday's photo shoot of three of Mid America Flight Museum's trimotors. Front to back, is the 1929 Ford 4AT, 1931 Stinson SM-6000-B, and the 1966 Stout Bushmaster 2000. Three different radial engine manufacturers are represented in this shot. Wrights on the Ford, Lycoming on the Stinson, and Pratt and Whitney on the Bushmaster.

The Mid America Flight Museum's (near to far) 1929 Ford 4AT Trimotor, 1931 Stinson SM-6000-B Trimotor, and the 1966 Stou...
12/14/2019

The Mid America Flight Museum's (near to far) 1929 Ford 4AT Trimotor, 1931 Stinson SM-6000-B Trimotor, and the 1966 Stout Bushmaster 2000 Trimotor, banking to the east after a late evening shoot. Pilots in Command were Kelly Mahon, Andrew Kiest, and Matt Jackson. December 7th, 2019.

Mid America Flight Museum Trimotors passing over Lake Monticello.
12/14/2019

Mid America Flight Museum Trimotors passing over Lake Monticello.

The Mid America Bushmaster 2000 with the Ford Trimotor 4AT behind it. "Across the Pond" sounds so far away.
12/11/2019

The Mid America Bushmaster 2000 with the Ford Trimotor 4AT behind it. "Across the Pond" sounds so far away.

This really cool 1929 Travel Air 6000 has been tucked away for the most part since its arrival at MAFM. It got to stretc...
12/10/2019

This really cool 1929 Travel Air 6000 has been tucked away for the most part since its arrival at MAFM. It got to stretch its wings a little bit this past weekend.

12/09/2019
12/09/2019
Three Wrights, Three Lycs, and Three Pratts. (coined by Andrew Kiest) Near to far: Kelly and Raina Mahon in1929 Ford 4AT...
12/08/2019

Three Wrights, Three Lycs, and Three Pratts. (coined by Andrew Kiest) Near to far: Kelly and Raina Mahon in1929 Ford 4AT Trimotor, Andrew Kiest, Erin Durant, and Billy Packard, in the 1931 Stinson High Wing Trimotor, Matt Jackson and Brian Miklos in the 1966 Stout Bushmaster 2000 Trimotor. Scott Glover, Bryan Miklos, and Wayne Minor were in the MD-500 to capture the moment. We wondered at the odds of there being another formation like this anywhere else on the planet yesterday.

Honoring Veterans, inspiring youth, preserving aviation history, and community involvement are the pillars of purpose fo...
12/04/2019

Honoring Veterans, inspiring youth, preserving aviation history, and community involvement are the pillars of purpose for the Mid America Flight Museum. We are happy to report that tonight, on #givingtuesday twelve of the Boy Scouts that attended the Aviation Merit Badge session hosted by volunteers of Mid America North completed their badge requirements! They toured the museum in October to learn about the history of our aircraft, and how they are preserved. They got to cover their model aircraft right alongside the Stinson wing that is being prepared for covering. A requirement of the badge was to research a career in aviation. Pilot was the most popular, but one chose Aircraft Restoration. I think we made a good impression! Video link shows how well their models flew.
https://youtu.be/yg__5d8P1Jo

12/02/2019

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12/02/2019

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11/27/2019
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In early August, Scott paid the restoration crew a visit.  He and Doug climbed inside for a FB Live update.  This was th...
11/27/2019

In early August, Scott paid the restoration crew a visit. He and Doug climbed inside for a FB Live update. This was the first time Scott has been inside the TA6000 since she was brought to Grimes.

Follow us on Facebook for more updates on the progress of the restoration! We're also on Instagram @Travelair6000.

Measuring, cutting, forming and shaping.  Here, the team is working on the aluminum that will conceal the wing root.Also...
11/24/2019

Measuring, cutting, forming and shaping. Here, the team is working on the aluminum that will conceal the wing root.

Also noted; we have a Japanese volunteer named Takuya Saito. He will only be in the U.S. for a few more weeks, but has already been a big help!

A few Mid America Flight Museum visitors braved the cool weather and got the grand tour today. In the first photo, Jack ...
11/23/2019

A few Mid America Flight Museum visitors braved the cool weather and got the grand tour today. In the first photo, Jack and Linda Jackson are taking a moment to enjoy the 1929 Fairchild 71. A friend and former colleague of our friend Ray Keesler, Jack retired from Braniff as a pilot. In the second photo, Arno Van Der Holst from the Netherlands, took some time to give the tour guide a little history on the belly lights under the UC78 Bamboo Bomber. He explained how they were used to identify aircraft in formations. Arno is the Manager of The Nederlands Transport Museum. In the third photo, Arno is with Jasper Van Der Heijden, also from the Netherlands. Jasper is an aircraft mechanic for Delta Airlines. The staff and volunteers always find it interesting to find the diverse origins and paths our visitors take to visit us. We always find we all share a love for and deep appreciation for aviation.

MAFM North Travelair 6000 update!   After we got back from Oshkosh this summer the joke around the hangar was "358 days,...
11/23/2019

MAFM North Travelair 6000 update! After we got back from Oshkosh this summer the joke around the hangar was "358 days, and counting!". There are days we still use that joke, and days we do not! Sometimes the number of days to Osh2020 just mysteriously appears in the hangar. Well, thanks to Larry we shall never need to wonder again...as there is a *bright red LED* sign on the bulletin board now! One of the things we try to do in Urbana is laugh as much as we work. Today was another great day, with smiles all around as that stubborn bottom longeron got pinned into shape. Another small win! Best wishes this weekend from the team at MAFM North!

Are you on Instagram?  Would you like to follow the restoration of our Travel Air 6000?Find us and click the Follow butt...
11/20/2019

Are you on Instagram? Would you like to follow the restoration of our Travel Air 6000?

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Travelair 6000 update from Mid America North!  The fuselage is starting to get the interior plywood paneling cut and pre...
11/18/2019

Travelair 6000 update from Mid America North! The fuselage is starting to get the interior plywood paneling cut and prepared for installation. As excited as we are to be getting closer to the covering stage, we also know that soon all of these beautiful bones will be wrapped in fabric. The freshly painted fuselage tubing, the complicated balsa longeron caps, the all new bulkheads that were labored over to get just right, and finally the fresh stringers that were eyeballed until our eyes were crossed will all be hidden away. Much of the beautiful artwork representing months of effort and hundreds of small victories will be covered up, but it will always exist in our memory of the pride we took installing every single piece.

Many of the parts deemed not up to the standard of the Travelair 6000 restoration get "made" several times.  Wooden part...
11/12/2019

Many of the parts deemed not up to the standard of the Travelair 6000 restoration get "made" several times. Wooden parts are made of inexpensive pine before any aircraft grade spruce ($$$) is cut. Aluminum parts lend themselves to some more modern methods. These parts (instrument panel, throttle quadrant, and wheel covers) all needed replaced. The parts were modelled in 3D-CAD first so that accurate molds, bucks and drawings can be quickly made using modern methods. The final parts are usually fabricated the same way they would have been in the 1920’s with the greater accuracy thanks to this technology. All of the "real" pieces for these parts are nearing completion. Each part completed is another victory on the path to the finish line!

The EAA Vintage Association featured our Stinson Tri-motor yesterday.  This photo was taken upon her arrival to Grimes F...
11/11/2019

The EAA Vintage Association featured our Stinson Tri-motor yesterday. This photo was taken upon her arrival to Grimes Field in Urbana, Ohio.

The AirVenture 2019 Antique Transport Category Champion Bronze Lindy winner is N15165, a rare 1936 low wing Stinson Model 6000A Tri-Motor owned by Scott Glover of Mount Pleasant, TX. From a total of 31 built, this is the only one left. Photo courtesy of Cortney Caillouet.

Happy Birthday to Mid America North volunteer Larry Furrow!  Larry is the historian and documentation manager for the Tr...
11/10/2019

Happy Birthday to Mid America North volunteer Larry Furrow! Larry is the historian and documentation manager for the Travelair 6000 project. Larry estimates he has close to 5,000 images stored from the disassembly of our Travelair. He has also documented other existing 6000's to use as accuracy comparison as NC8112 goes back together. Larry's career was in technical writing, so he is a natural fit for the job! He is often called on to gather critical photos from the disassembly process for reference as the new and restored parts are reassembled. It is amazing how quickly he can find the exact images we need. He can be found in the hangar with his camera, behind his laptop, or jumping in with both hands whenever they are needed. Have a great day Larry!

A-26K "Special Kay"
11/08/2019

A-26K "Special Kay"

We have mentioned from time to time that Greatest Generation Aircraft used to fly a B-25 named Pacific Prowler. It was our first airplane in the group. The Prowler’s bomb bay was where we met Kay’s future Crew Chief JR. His uncle flew a B-25 and inspired him to join the Air Force. As our fleet grew, it came time to thin the herd just a bit so the Prowler found a great home at Scott Glover’s Mid America Flight Museum in Mt Pleasant, Tx. Scott renamed it “For God and Country” and has her looking so shiny! Our friend Scott Slocum did a marvelous job getting this shot made. We still miss her as you could gather ten of your friends to go places and work airshows. Those short stack R-2600’s made beautiful music and was louder than Kay by quite a bit from the cockpit. So here’s to the good old days! ❤️❤️❤️😎

Team in Urbana OH is doing amazing work.    If you're in the Dayton area stop and check in on Mid America North!!!
11/03/2019

Team in Urbana OH is doing amazing work. If you're in the Dayton area stop and check in on Mid America North!!!

The Mid America Flight Museum at the South end of Grimes Field Urbana Municipal Airport is home to two unique airplanes.

The first photo is a Stinson Model A Tri Motor. There were only 36 produced and this is the only one still in existence!

The second photo, a 1929 Travel Air 6000 is in the middle of the restoration process. It started out as an airliner for Pittsburg Airways and then was used to fight fires. It was the first plane to drop smokejumpers on a live fire! It is expected to be completed next July.

You can check out these planes and more Monday-Friday 8-5. Admission is free.

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Mid America Flight Museum had a brisk day this weekend.
11/03/2019

Mid America Flight Museum had a brisk day this weekend.

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Весной 1992 года состоялся трансконтинентальный перелет на самолете АН-2 борт 02445 из Чернигова (Украина) в Мерфрисборо (США). Маршрут пролегал через Чукотку и Аляску. Экипаж украинских пилотов преодолел расстояние 15800 км за 82 летных часа.
Best Museum out there.
To remember my friend Ken Kovar, who passed away September last year, I made a scale model of his favorite warbird from the Breckenridge Airshow in 2018, a Grumman J2F Duck. I included little figures of us in the cockpit of the Duck and made decals of our names. Ken's pilot figure is sporting his impressive mustache. I also added nose art of the Richland College "Thunderduck" mascot (seemed appropriate). Ken was a Richland College student at my campus in Garland for several semesters so he is part of our Thunderduck family. Miss you Ken. You would have loved this model.
Went to the Marion Fly-In, Cruise-In Saturday. Came across Mr. Glover and his immaculate looking P51. Was amazed to see a line of people waiting to sit in the cockpit and have their picture taken, on their phone, by Mr. Glover. All of them had the biggest smile...Mr. Glover, you are a true "Caretaker" of these aircraft, Thank You for sharing.
Heard today that there museum is acquiring the late Wilson 'Connie' Edwards' PBY-6A Catalina N4NC. Great news if so. Tell us more? David Legg: Editor, The Catalina News, The Catalina Society
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What a nice collection!
What an incredible experience visiting the museum was for me and my boys. It made our trip and we'll definitely be back! So nice to meet you and thank you Scott Glover..
What an incredible experience visiting the museum was for me and my boys. It made our trip and we'll definitely be back! So nice to meet you and thank you Scott Glover..
Good morning MAFM... We have some family coming out to Texas to visit. We were thinking of coming out to see you guys on Saturday the 16th. We were wondering if that will be a good day to come out? We're coming from Flower Mound, TX so we're just checking. Thank you...
I need to contact a man named Mintor or Minton and forgot his name! HELP!
I would like to thank my friends at the Mid America Flight Museum for introducing my grandaughter Ruth Gambrel the the wonderful world of flight on her birthday.