One of the prettiest sights to be had at the 2009 AAA/APM Fly-In
and Convention was a stunning Waco UEC brought back to life by its
owner, pilot, and caretaker, John Swander. This rare cabin WACO is
one of the oldest of it's type and calls DeSoto, KS, home. John has
been rebuilding antique airplanes since 1979 and the his 1932 Waco
UEC Cabin Biplane came together after a decade long rebuild, taking
to the skies, once again, in 1999 and winning Grand Champion kudos
at Oshkosh 2000.
And it was but one of the MANY amazing sights at AAA 2009.
Founded in August of 1953 by Robert L. Taylor, the Antique Aircraft
Association is the world’s oldest organization specifically
devoted to antique and classic aircraft. Committed to “keep
the antiques flying,” the AAA has dedicated its fifty-six
years to the preservation of this “Golden Age of
AAA members have access to the organization’s vast
historical library, as well as its large assortment of spare engine
and aircraft parts available to assist in restoration projects.
With twenty active chapters across the U.S., the AAA works closely
with many type clubs including the Interstate, Culver, Corben,
Fairchild, Great Lakes, Pietenpol, Rearwin, Parakeet, Hatz, and
Travel Air clubs. The organization’s headquarters, located
near Blakesburg, Iowa, at Antique Field, serves as a site for
numerous type club fly-ins throughout the season.
Antique Field is also the home to the Airpower Museum,
Incorporated (APM). Featuring a large collection of aircraft, the
facility has over 20,000 square feet of display and storage space.
Every year over Labor Day Weekend, the Antique Aircraft Association
holds its annual AAA/APM Fly-In and Convention.
This year, the event celebrated the early days of corporate
aviation, themed as “Corporate Wings.” In all, over 360
aircraft, including an impressive turnout of Howard aircraft,
visited Antique Field during the fly-in.