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2005 AirFair

May 21, 2005

Aircraft parking

Time flies, and this year's AirFair proves that old adage. We had a near-perfect day for flying this year. Clear and smooth, but hot. The winds were light, and lots of people decided that Old Kingsbury made a perfect day trip. Over fifty aircraft flew into the Aerodrome during the day, and lots of cars came through the gates.

Canuck lifting off Stearman, N3N, and Luscombe

We were favored this year by multiple instances of several antique or classic aircraft. Four Stearman biplanes showed up, along with three Luscombe 8s, several Aeroncas (both civil and military), a Stinson gullwing, a Navy N3N trainer, a Fleet, and lots of others. The Museum aircraft were present also, but the Thomas-Morse Scout was down for recovering. It didn't fly, but the Canuck and Bleriot did their best to make up for the missing Tommy. A borrowed Fleet joined the museum's Meyers OTW and Luscombe 8A in doing lots of flying.

Walking the Bleriot out

The highlight of the day's flights were the four passes Roger Freeman made in the Bleriot XI. This airplane has very poor flying qualities, so it's only flown on calm days, and only for the length of the runway. About noon, the winds died down enough that it could be taken out. Once the wingwalkers had it lined up at the end of the runway, Roger opened the throttle and held on for the ride. Four flights later, and undamaged, we returned the Bleriot to the static display line.

Bleriot flying
Border Period camp

Although AirFair gives us a chance to show off the Museum's exhibits, we are also supported by other groups. The Headquarters Company, a Border Period re-enactors group, came out and set up a typical military camp of the 1910 time-frame. They display period equipment and outfits, showing people what the U.S. Army had to work with in the period before World War I.

Another group we're happy to have helping us is Scout Troop 317 from Seguin. They handle the car parking chores, and do an excellent job. Since they also camp out on the grounds, they get a first-hand look at the difference between their modern camping gear, and the military equipment of 100 years ago.

Border Period camp

In addition to our aircraft, the museum also has, and displays, various vehicles from the World War I era. This year, we had two Model T Fords and the Nash Quad truck running around the grounds, with the Nash giving rides. Not all of these old machines have electric starters, so we have to use the classic Armstrong starter to get them going. That's not always as much fun as it looks, especially in the Texas heat!

Classic cars

Since the museum's collection is limited, we also invite local car clubs to join us for AirFair. This year, we had nice turnouts from several: The Lone Star Region of the Classic Car Club of America, the Heart of Texas Packards, and the Alamo City Corvair Association. These folks brought some very nice cars to show, including three Packards, a Bentley, several Corvairs, a Studebaker, and many more.

Classic cars

Once again, it was a very succesful AirFair. Lots of airplanes, lots of cars, and lots of people made for a fun, if tiring, day. Be sure to join us for our next big event, the fly-in and picnic in the fall!