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2005 Fall Fly-in

November 19, 2005

Propping the Canuck

The Pioneer Flight Museum was blessed with great weather for this fall's fly-in and picnic. Although clouds threatened us early on, they never carried out that threat, and left us with great weather - light winds, moderate temperatures, and a good day to fly.

We had a good turnout of guests, both on the ground and in the air. This year saw some truly rare vehicles, and a nice mix of fly-in visitors. As usual, we had the Museum aircraft out for display. This year, only the Canuck and Meyers were flyable, but our guests made up the difference.

7/8 Scale Nieuport

First time visitors to the picnic included this scale Nieuport 11, with replica gas machine guns. He made several flights, shooting up the field and laying a nice smoke screen each time. His display included an explanation of how the gas guns were built, including scale molded outer shells to hide the gas feed and give them the proper World War I look. Ron Marcotte of Team Fokker got the details, and is working on a set that we can use on the Fokker Dr.I.

Franziss racer

Another unique visitor was a Franziss racing car from the 1920s. Franziss is a contraction of Frazer-Nash-Curtiss, and this car is powered by the same engine we have in the Canuck: a Curtiss OX-5. This car was fired up several times and run around the aircraft parking area. It made a most amazing sight, and threw up great roostertails of dirt on the turns.

Canuck and Model T

In keeping with the museum's philosophy of keeping the old machines running, we had the Nash Quad and a couple of Model Ts out and moving about through the day. When the Canuck got a bit finicky, we pressed the Signal Corps T into service as a ladder transport vehicle. By moving some ladders and workstands out to the field, we were able to clear up a problem with the Canuck ignition system so it could keep flying.

Classic cars

We were happy to have local antique and classic car clubs bring out their beautiful old vehicles to display. This year brought a wide range, from the teens to the fifties, and were a popular part of the exhibition.

The Headquarters Company, a group of Border Period re-enactors were also out, with a camp set up to show what Army life looked like in Texas around 1915 or so. Our thanks to them, and to all the groups and people who help to make our gatherings a success!