April '98 Volume 98.4


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Last month we met in the luxurious accommodations of Hills Bank in North Liberty. This month we will be back at PSAir. We will meet in the same hangar we met in February. As usual the doors will open at 7:00 PM and the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.

What You Missed...



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What You Missed...

This Month

Chapter Business


Trivial Pursuit

Next Month



For Sale


Officer's Column

Newest Homebuilt

In March we had an even bigger turn out than we did in February. I counted 45 people in attendance. I don't know if this was due to Dave Lammers or the location? Whichever it was, keep it up.

Dave Lammers gave an excellent presentation on the vintage airplanes he has flown at the EAA Pioneer Field. Dave has spent several weeks in the summer taking people who visit the EAA Adventure Museum and decide to take the bus ride over to Pioneer Field for rides in some very special airplanes. Some of the aircraft he has flown include a Stinson Junior, Stinson Reliant, TravelAir E-4000, GlaStar, GlaStar tail dragger with skis and an RV6. You can take a ride in one of these airplanes for a small fee. Dave suggests that if you visit the museum that you take your airplane ride first because strong crosswinds in the afternoon often force them to stop flying early.

While Dave was flying at Pioneer Field he had the opportunity to take former astronaut Pete Conrad for a ride in a Christen Eagle II.

Thanks Dave for an entertaining and informative presentation.

This Month

As usual, do yourself a favor, don't miss this month's meeting! I Bet if you didn't read last month's newsletter you didn't know the best Taylorcraft at Oshkosh last summer was from right here in Cedar Rapids, did you? Well, it was! It's a 1946 Taylorcraft BC12D which was last annualed in 1972. Jim Zangger, who also won last months trivial pursuit, refurbished it inside and out and showed it at Oshkosh. You can read all about it in the February issue of "Vintage Airplane", EAA's magazine for antique and vintage aircraft.

Many of you might not know Jim, but he's another "typical" EAAer-if there is such a thing. His Dad has been a flight instructor in NW Iowa "forever" so Jim probably really didn't have any choice but to learn to fly. He flew for The Tractor Company, and now flies for The Radio Company. The good news is that he joined our Chapter last month, and we're going to put him to work right away!

Chapter Business

Our President called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM. He announced that all address corrections should be sent to me. We are going to begin putting your aviation related want ads in the newsletter at no charge on an as space is available basis.

Tom Olson gave a report on the replies he received to his form that was included in last months newsletter. Marv Hoppenworth spoke up and said that a swaging(sp?) tool would be too expensive, a transponder tester might require a licensed operator and that he might be willing to loan some tools. We would like to purchase tools anyone can use but would not be used often, i.e. tools you would need to buy yourself. There are a few problems we need to solve, like who keeps the tools, how are they checked in and out. Some people thought a digital camera would be too expensive. I think that can be said of any tool if you look for the most expensive one you can find. I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the camera I had in mind would not cost more than $500. This camera would be used to make it easier and faster to get pictures into our newsletter. The camera would eventually pay for itself by eliminating the cost of film and developing. It would also allow us to see immediately if we have a good picture.

Dave Lammers suggested that he also may be willing to loan out his tools and that we start a list of people willing to do this and the tools they are willing to loan. Someone mentioned that this list could be kept on our chapter web page.

Another member mentioned that Greencastle is sponsoring a flight training scholarship and suggested we do something similar. Keith Williams suggested we hold mini programs of 4 or 5 people to teach bending tin, fiberglass, etc. Young Eagles Day will be held June 6th, with June 20th being the rain date.

Keith William's looked for interest in bringing the B17, Aluminum Overcast back from Oshkosh in 1999. This was met by unanimous approval. Dave Lammers suggested that we could also have other vintage aircraft come down from the EAA.

Greg Zimmerman announced that the Stealth refurbishment will commence when it warms up and Roger Smith returns. He also said that Denny McCarthy is willing to give one half ownership in a SpeedQueen 2000 in exchange for sweat equity, contact Greg.

Greg Downes announced that Jim Kennedy is willing to donate a nearly completed Casset(sp?) to our chapter. John Ruyle is waiting to hear from the EAA what the liability issues are if we accept. Ten or so people offered to help complete this project.

Keith Williams presented plaques of appreciation to Greg Downes, Greg and Rosie Zimmerman and Roger Smith who was in absentia.

Trivial Pursuit

Last month's question was: Who was the first aircraft designer to incorporate a liquid cooled engine, reduction drive to the propellers, interconnected roll and yaw controls and counter rotating propellers? Well it was the Wright brother's of course. The first person to respond correctly was of all people this month's speaker, James Zangger. Other people to answer correctly were Plenny Bates, John Connelly, and Bob Otis

This months question is: What was the first winged aircraft to break the sound barrier? (Hint: It was not the X-1)

If you know the correct answer, show the rest of us how smart you are and be immortalized in the next Newsletter by being the first one to send it to:

Dave Griffiths
900 Garfield Ave.
Tipton, IA 52772
(319) 432-6670

Next Month

This year's annual ladies night banquet will be something special; don't miss it!

The facts are simple:

May 1, 1998

Ranch Supper Club(South of Swisher, just off old 218, immediately north of the river)

Price: $15/person(includes tax and gratuity)

6:30 Cash bar

7:15 Dinner (buffet)




You simply can't go wrong! Sign up at the April meeting. If you can't do that, call Pat Williams at 395-7405 not later than April 18 and reserve a spot. We can only handle about 100, so space may be limited.

Chapter 33's primary talent scout, Max Dirks, has secured a speaker whom we will all enjoy: Mr. Tom Barrett, Director of the EAA Air Adventure Museum. That in itself is great, but his message is not even about our great museum! Tom's presentation will be "High Altitude Reconnaissance During the Cold War." He'll talk about RB-57F, U-2, and SR-71 operations. Tom's a 10,000+ hour pilot, and many of those hours were gathered above 80,000 feet, 11 hours at a time! You can be certain that you'll learn things about our "spook" operations that you didn't know before, and that both ladies and gentlemen will have questions to keep Tom going well after his video and slide presentation. Ever wonder what really happened to Francis Gary Powers? Here's a good place to find out.

Tom is a high-in-demand speaker; we're lucky Max had the insight to sign him up a year ago. Bottom line: Don't miss it!

During three of the twenty-two years Tom Barrett served in the United States Air Force, he was a high altitude reconnaissance pilot. Flying at altitudes above 80,000 feet in a full pressure suit for eleven hours, he participated in some of the USAF's most secretive photographic and nuclear sampling reconnaissance flights. Few aviation enthusiasts know about the aircraft he flew. Built in 1964 to replace U-2A and B models, this aircraft was designed to carry a pilot, systems operator and two ton HIAC (High Angle Offset) camera. Twenty-one of them were built. To minimize public speculation and maintain secrecy, the aircraft were never painted black and were given the same designation as an existing aircraft - the B-57. Tom will talk about RB-57F, U-2 and SR-71 operations.

BIO: Tom Barrett

Director, EAA Air Adventure Museum

EAA Aviation Center, Oshkosh, WI

Tom became the EAA Aviation Foundation's Museum Director in June 1995. He is responsible for both the world-class Museum and Foundation flight operations. His staff and volunteers accomplish the design, display and maintenance of all artifacts including 272 aircraft. Twenty-two of those aircraft are flown in education and outreach programs such as Young Eagle Flights, the B-17 tour, and Pioneer Airfield flight operations.

Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Tom spent six years as Associate Professor and Director of the Business Management Program at Ripon College. His academic career followed a nine year contract position as Transportation Services Division Manager for SDI "Starwars" research

at Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands. There, Tom managed a fleet of twelve aircraft, nineteen ships, 350 vehicles and associated personnel.

During a twenty-two year Air Force career, he logged over 10,000 flight hours including 541 combat missions over North and South Vietnam. His aircraft encountered sixty-seven hits by ground fire including eighteen hits on the mission which earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross. Tom also served in several key staff positions including Director of Cadet Wing Operations at the United States Air Force Academy.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in GeoPolitics, Tom also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University. He has published studies of third world economic development and authored Wants-N-Tides, a book of poetry reviewed by The Washington Post. Tom and his wife Linda (a glider pilot) live in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Their son Ian is a recent graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and daughter Jenny a freshman at UW Milwaukee.


Looking for miscellaneous AN hardware, 4130-N tubing and fittings. Tom Harris (319) 362-6323

For Sale

Cessna steering mechanism and yokes to sell and a pair of cavalier sides to give away. Tom Harris (319) 362-6323

I produce software for airfoil analysis and plotting. In addition, I am publishing an on-line magazine on the use of computers for aircraft analysis. It will appear in January, 1998. The url is: http://www.hanleyinnovations.com Patrick Hanley, Ph.D. Software Developer. Mail Inquiries to:

Hanley Innovations

PO Box 870

Storrs, CT 06268

Phone: (860) 423-4060

EAA Chapter 33

President Keith Williams (319) 395-7405

Vice President John Ruyle (319) 644-3225

Secretary/Newsletter Editor Dave Griffiths (319) 432-6670

(Send articles to 900 Garfield Ave, Tipton, IA 52772 or griff@netins.net)

Treasurer Terry Scherman

Technical Counselor Marv Hoppenworth (319) 396-6283

Flight Advisor Dave Lammers (319) 337-1425

Young Eagles Tim Busch (319) 393-9069

Directors Tom Olson, John Banes, Roger Smith

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Officer's Column

The year is flying by, no pun intended, and its hard to believe this is already April. Chapter 33 members have enjoyed some great programs so far. April and May programs should be excellent and continue the tradition.

May's meeting will be a dinner meeting with wives and significant others invited to attend, hopefully not together. The meeting will be at the Ranch Supper Club located off Highway 965 between North Liberty and Swisher. We have a great program planned. Our speaker will be Tom Barret. Tom will be talking about the US's role in the intelligence gathering programs carried out during the cold war period of our countries history. This should be a great program. There will be more information about this at the April meeting. Plan on attending this annual event.

Look for a questionaire in about 30 days requesting pertinent information about your flying interests, flying skills, and aircraft building skills. The information will be compiled and published in a club directory that will be published by the end of this year. The directory will be a resource for all members looking for help with project specific problems or fellowship to share experiences with. The directory would also list tools available for use and the conditions for lending same. This should help keep the cost down of building and maintaining our airplanes.

We hope to see you at the next meeting Friday night, 7:30 P.M., at PS Air, Cedar Rapids Airport. Come early to chat and bring a friend. See you there.

- John Ruyle

Chapter 33 Calendar

April 3 Chapter Meeting
7:30 PM PSAir Hangar

May 1 Chapter Meeting/
"Ladies Night"

Ranch Supper Club
6:30 PM

June 6 Chapter Meeting

June 14 Young Eagles Day time and place TBA

Newest Homebuilt

My wife Meloni and I completed our first homebuilt on March 19. She is a Sydney Ann and she weighs in at a mere 9 pounds 1.6 ounces. She is a high maintenace model, but we expec t many years enjoyment out of her.

Alexander M. Lippisch Chapter 33

Experimental Aircraft Association

c/o Dave Griffiths

900 Garfield Ave.

Tipton, IA 52772