Late in 2011 an interesting opportunity was proposed to Chapter 211 by Gary Van Farowe, to restore an airplane for the Air Power Museum near Blanksburg, Iowa. The Aircraft, a 1935 American Eaglet, Model B-31, is a very original model with the Szekely 45 hp, 3 cylinder engine. It is a very “simple” airplane, but needed some TLC, including replacement of some wood and new fabric.
The Board discussed taking on this restoration as a club project and presented the idea to the members at the November 2011 meeting. The project was widely embraced by the members and the project was approved, with a target date for completion by July 2013.
Gary went to Iowa on November 17-18 to pick up the Eaglet and transport it to his shop at 6724 Van Buren St., Hudsonville, MI.
An introductory project visit at Gary's workshop was held on December 10, 2011. At least 30 members came out on a bright, cold morning to get a look at the project and to enjoy some coffee, donuts, cookies and good conversation. Several people signed up on the schedule to work on the project, but there is still room for others to join in, just contact Gary.
The Airpower Museum is a 501(c)(3). If you pledged a donation at the November meeting and would like the tax deduction for 2011, you can send your donation before the end of the year to:
Airpower Museum, Inc
22001 Bluegrass Rd
Ottumwa IA 52501
When you send send your tax deductible donation, make sure it is clearly marked for the "1935 American Eaglet NC17007 restoration by EAA Chapter 211."
At our January 2012 meeting, Chet Uncapher presented Chapter 211 with a large check from The Michigan Aviation Education Foundation (MAEF). MAEF's generous $2,000 grant in support of the American Eaglet project will help allow our members gain hands-on learning experience in airplane construction and restoration under the direct supervision of A&P mechanic, Gary Van Farowe.