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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Flying Dutchman: Planes, Pilots and Perfect Weather Make for a Great Fall Fly-In

By Carmelo Turdo
Another perfect day for a fall fly-in - this time at The Flying Dutchman airfield in Belleville, IL on Saturday.  Great people, great planes, great location, great weather and great food combined to make an ideal Midwest fall fly-in.  A variety of aircraft could be seen on the grass strip throughout the day, from a 1937 Waco YKS-7, to classic Cubs, an Ercoupe, RV-4, Stearman B75N1 along with more conventional Cessna 150 and 172.  Of course we all came for the $100 hamburger (this time a vat of Chili was also on hand) and to talk airplanes with familiar faces before the weather closes in for the winter.  Two of The Aero Experience usual suspects, Carmelo Turdo and Mark Nankivil, were on hand to record the event.  Here is a sample of what we experienced.  Stay tuned for coverage of the St. Charles Flying Service "Pumpkin Drop" next weekend.

Step Right Up for Your $100 Hamburger

Mark Harter's Waco YKS-7

Marvin Campbells' 1943 B75N1 Stearman

Thurman Carver's 1946 415-C Ercoupe

Francis Tebbe's 1946 Piper J3C-65 Cub

Votaw Aviation's Cub Crafters CC11-100 Sport Cub 2

Billy Haddock's Challenger 2 Ultralight

And a Few More...


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