|By Carmelo Turdo
"Chub" Wheeler with son Jim and
Daughter Mary Kay
"Chub" Wheeler with Mark and Elaine Harter
Mark Harter taxis out from the museum ramp with "Chub" Wheeler,
son Jim and daughter Mary Kay
Guests gather around the Lockheed Jetstar once owned by
Museum Founders "Chub" Wheeler and Fred Roos
Birthday cake with Ford Trimotor topping
Wheeler receives photo of Union Electric Ford Trimotor that he serviced
as a line boy in the early 1930s at Curtiss-Steinberg Airport
- Chub was a primary flight instructor throughout the war and served at all four of Parks Air College flight schools during the war, at the end of the war being responsible for operating the flight school at Cape Girardeau, MO. Aircraft types he flew for training were the PT-13, PT-17, PT-19 and PT-23. Chub was flight leader for the “Thunderbolts” which was a demonstration team showing off the capabilities of the flight trainers being used at the time.
- Aircraft Chub has owned include the Curtiss Robin, Fairchild 22, Travel Air J-5 Speedwing, BT-13s, PT-23, J-3 Cubs, Piper Pacer, Aeronca Champ, Aeronca 7AC, and his final aircraft, a 1946 Ranger powered Fairchild 24.