October 30, 2010

From the CAF

I thought the membership would appreciate this - since Capt. Frey will be our guest Nov. 9th

CAF Members and Friends,
On October 23, Indianapolis Executive Airport and the CAF hosted the reunion of the fully restored North American P-51 Ain’t Misbehavin' with its WWII pilot, Jesse "Dick" Frey, and his crew chief, Pat Buzzeo. It was an amazing day. About 200 people attended. The event has been captured in two different YouTube videos. Enjoy!!



Col. Bruce Cooper

October 27, 2010

Bob Bruce was 100 years old on October 5th

Bob’s last Navion
Bob Bruce was 100 years old on October 5th. He joined the Indianapolis Aero Club in 1946. We don’t have the exact date but it’s close to 65 years ago! Many of us wanted to throw a big 100th birthday party but Bob asked us to not do that. Correction; He Told us to not do that. He said “It’s just another day, as far as I’m concerned”.

Bob’s ratings include Pvt.sgl, mel, inst, glider. He has owned a variety of aircraft including Bonanza and his all time favorite Navions. Bob rejects the title ‘Indianapolis Aero Club Founder’ and technically that may be true. The Club was in fact, started in 1933 with Edward F. New as the first President. But over the years attendance slipped away and the decision was made to just shut it down. Bob said “Wait a minute. Let me work on it”. (Or words to that effect). He re-built the membership to more than 200 and has clearly earned the title of Founder. Bob continues to attend most Aero Club meetings (unless there is a clear danger of a birthday party) and demonstrates a keen interest in the club and it’s activities.  

We are all indebted to Bob Bruce and are honored to have him among us.

Here's a slide show from the "party".

October 16, 2010

Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 - Indiana Wing CAF Fly-In Drive-In Lunch, Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, Oct 23, 2010 - Indiana Wing CAF Fly-In Drive-In Lunch, Indianapolis, IN: "Fly-in and drive-in lunch, 10 AM - 2 PM, featuring P-51 Ain't Misbehavin' reunited with its pilot from WWII, Jesse 'Dick' Frey, and vintage, homebuilt, and other aircraft and military displays. All aviation enthusiasts and aircraft welcome. Hosted by the Indiana Wing, Commemorative Air Force. Indianapolis Executive Airport TYQ, 11329 East State Road 32, Zionsville, IN 46077 Contact: Indiana Wing CAF 317-769-4487, IndianaWingCAF@gmail.com
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Records - Oct. 18, 2010 - Indianapolis Business Journal

Records - Oct. 18, 2010 - Indianapolis Business Journal: "

Records - Oct. 18, 2010
Indianapolis Business Journal
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October 6, 2010

October 4, 2010

October 12, 2010 Meeting Speaker: Emil Baciu

The Indianapolis Aero Club, welcomes Emil Baciu.  He will be presenting:  What happened to the the Flying Wing? at our October 12 meeting.
Location:  Marten House, 1801 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260
Date: October 12, 2010

Cocktails: 6:00 pm
- Dinner: 6:30 pm - Speaker:  7:00 pm
Advance or Reservations - $20.00  At Door - $22.00
1st time guest - $10.00
16 or under $10.00

Please RSVP to: John Brill
H: 317-877-7777  C: 317-501-8610

Mail to: 
107-A Knoll Ct,  Noblesville, IN 46062
We don't have a summary for Emil's presentation.  However, here is some information we found on the Flying Wing:

 N-1M: the first Northrop flying wing
by E.T. Wooldridge

Jack Northrop became interested in the development of the cleanest possible airplane early in his career as an aircraft designer. In 1923, as an engineer for Donald Douglas in Santa Monica, California, Northrop continually explored advanced designs for aircraft, seeking new ways to eliminate drag and the severe penalties in aircraft performance it imposed. Even then, he envisioned an airplane without protruding surfaces that did not contribute in some way to lift. He even undertook the design of a tailless, all-wing glider as a "pastime" project, but never finished the aircraft, due to other commitments and lack of funds. In 1927, Northrop designed the incomparable Lockheed Vega as the best possible compromise that could be made with known and proven elements. Even this aircraft, with its conventional arrangement of wing fuselage and tail, gave hints of the unconventional concepts that were beginning to form in Jack Northrop's mind. ... <more>

Flying wing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A flying wing is a tailless fixed-wing aircraft which has no definite fuselage, with most of the crew, payload and equipment being housed inside the main ...