Monthly Archive: December 2013

Dec 27 2013

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Dec 20 2013

Airshow :: 1960’s

Featuring Bill Adams and Duane Cole.

Dec 18 2013

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Dec 17 2013

110 Years

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The last 110 years of powered flight would not have been possible without the contributions of Charles E. Taylor, builder of the engine that powered the 1903 Flyer. The Wrights get the credit for the airplane and the flying, but let’s not forget the man who built the heart of the machine.

-WB

Dec 15 2013

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Dec 15 2013

Antonov Sandwich with a Tasty Pitts Filling

Dirk from Hamburg, Germany sent me this picture of his Pitts S-1C in between a pair of Antonov’s. Those big AN-2’s really make the S-1 look like a toy!

Dirk is also looking for an operation in the Ft. Myers, FL area to do some aerobatic training in a Stearman this coming January. Anybody out there know of a good recommendation for our friend Dirk?

If so, contact me via the Contact page, and I’ll forward the information to Dirk.

-WB

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Dec 14 2013

Charles Edward “Buddy” Pickering Obituary

The following was published in the October 15, 2013 Marietta Times.

20131214-110107.jpgCharles Edward “Buddy” Pickering, 81, of Williamstown, departed from Checkpoint Charlie for the last time on Oct. 12, 2013 at approximately 2140 hours, and is currently visiting with his flying buddies who have previously departed.

Charlie was born at home at 400 Phillips St., Marietta, on Dec. 16, 1931 to Charles Albert Pickering of Amesville, and Regina Dennis Pickering of Newell’s Run. Charlie attended Marietta High School and graduated from Ohio University in 1955. While he was at Ohio University, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the Blue Key National Honorary Engineering Society.

Surviving siblings include Joanne (John) Doan and Reginald (Jan) Pickering, both of the Marietta area. Charlie married his dearly loved wife, Jean Allen, also of Williamstown, on July 9, 1955, and together they shared more than 58 years and many adventures together.

Charlie and Jean had four children: Charles Allen Lanier (Jan) Pickering of Williamstown (children Aubrey Lanier (Dan) Strano in Irving, Texas, and Neil Pickering in Orlando); Bev Pickering (Brian) Davis of Butler, Ky. (children Justin (Ann Z.) Davis of Cincinnati, Ohio, Allen Davis and Victoria Davis, both of Butler, Ky.); David Neal (Donna) Pickering lives in Williamstown (children Allyson, Emily, Katelyn and Chase); and Michael Edward (Lisa) Pickering of Texas (children Aron Pickering of Madison, Wis., Sean (Jessica) Pickering of Minot, N.D., James Pickering of Charleston, W.Va., and Lynn Pickering).

Buddy was a Specialist Third Class in the Army during the end of the Korean War, stationed in Ft. Belvoir, Va. and Camp Hanford, Wash. Thereafter he was an IBEW electrician in the Marietta Local #972. He joined with his father and brother in their electrical contracting company, assisting with the management and eventually becoming president of Pickering Electric Co. He retired in 1990 to pursue his passion of aviation, both building and flying airplanes from their airport near Lowell, which was affectionately referred to as “Checkpoint Charlie.”

He enjoyed building, repairing, and flying both new and old planes, and he and Jean spent many exciting years on the farm entertaining their friends who would fly in for a visit. His fondness for aviation led him to build two new airplanes and restore three other antique planes. As a pilot he held a commercial rating, ASEL/MEL/CFI and was both an A&P and IA. He earned his wings in 1962 and shared the air with other EAA members and participated in Young Eagle Flights. He was a charter member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Aviation Association and served for years as the Air Boss for the Mid-Ohio Valley Air Show.

Charlie was active with the First United Methodist Church in Williamstown throughout his life. He was also a member of the Williamstown Lions Club during the times that he lived in Williamstown, and was also active in the Parkersburg Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

Charlie had a great sense of humor and presence, always had a story, was cheerful and always looked at the brighter side of a situation. He will be missed and remembered fondly by his many friends in aviation, who were his “extended” family. He lived to slip the “surly bonds of earth”, and has finally done so in a big way. Goodbye, and we will miss you!

Dec 14 2013

Birthplace of a Baby Ace

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I’ve been emailing back and forth with an old friend of the builder of my Baby Ace. He recently directed me to some pictures of Charlie, taken May 18, 2012. Please keep in mind that Charlie built the airplane in the early 1980’s, so he was getting up there in years when this picture was taken. Charlie has since passed away, so I feel an even greater desire to restore the airplane in his honor. I don’t intend to replicate his work, but to return the airplane to flying condition while adding my personal touches. It will be a combination of us both when it’s complete.

20131214-103608.jpgThese pictures were pulled from the “Lost in Oscar Hotel” website. The two Cub pilots stopped by Charlie’s airport for a visit. They didn’t say anything about the visit in their blog, so I guess we’ll have to buy the book to read more about it (not impressed by the lack of information…). The picture at left is Checkpoint Charlie, OI27, Charlie’s airport.

Hopefully the airport will stay open long enough for me to finish the Baby Ace and fly it into it’s birthplace. It would be nice to bring it home, if only for a visit.

-WB

Dec 13 2013

Aircraft Mechanic Shirts – Thank You!

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Dec 13 2013

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Dec 07 2013

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Dec 06 2013

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Dec 03 2013

Jet Waco Revisited

20131203-060629.jpgWhile I’m excited to see this concept renewed, I can’t help but think it should have been left to the Franklin family to be the ones to bring another jet Waco to the airshow circuit. That said, for all I know they’ve given John Klatt their full support on this project.

I met John at a dinner at Oshkosh one year. Seemed like a nice enough guy. I hope this latest adventure is a success for him.

-WB

Press Release:

John Klatt Airshows
BREAKING NEWS FROM TEAM KLATT:

Tonight, during the opening session of the 2013 ICAS Convention, we unveiled “The Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jack Link’s Jet Waco – a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco, powered by a Pratt & Whitney 985 Radial Engine and a CJ610 Jet Engine. These dual power-plants will provide over 4,500 lbs. of thrust. Enough to rocket the Screamin’ Sasquatch straight up, into max speed vertical climbs!

Building this airplane over the past year has been a labor of love for Team Klatt, and has required the collaboration of many others. Perhaps the most important collaborator is a person who’s memory still lives vividly in our minds and hearts – Jimmy Franklin.

So many of us have been mesmerized by the Jet Waco concept, ever since Jimmy first conceived of it, built it, and then flew it in ways that left us in absolute awe. He first debuted the Jet Waco in 1999, and quickly made it one of the air show world’s most popular acts of all time. 15 years later, during the 2014 air show season, we are so immensely proud to be bringing the world its second Jet Waco. If our performances can deliver a fraction of the impact that Jimmy Franklin’s did, they will be a success.

The Screamin’ Sasquatch is sponsored by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, a company who’s story is testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of America. Starting in a small town in Northern Wisconsin, the Link family has grown their business into the world’s leading producer of meat snacks by focusing on high quality products, hard work and innovative marketing. Their “Messin’ with Sasquatch” commercials have become iconic, and convey the “Feed Your Wild Side” spirit of the Jack Link’s brand.

The Jet Waco is one wild, untamed airplane, and a perfect fit with Jack Link’s. During its 2014 air show appearances, the Screamin’ Sasquatch will be accompanied by Jack Link’s “Wild Side” trucks, which will provide air show fans a fun and engaging experience, most importantly including the opportunity to sample Jack Link’s delicious Beef Jerky!

Meet the Screamin’ Sasquatch – Jack Link’s Jet Waco! Get ready to Feed Your Wild Side!

(Photo © 2013 Scott Russell) — in Las Vegas, NV.
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