November 2001

Presidentís Message

First of all, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to Nancy McClure for her endeavors in placing the MPA brochures in various establishments around the airport.

We welcome a new member, A. J. Walquist, a new CFI at the Proflight aircraft training center. He joins us as a direct result of Nancy's placing our literature there. I'm sorry that the tour of the helicopter repair facility didn't take place. Security is still very high and even all the mail is unloaded and inspected before it is allowed to enter the building. The people that are in charge assure me that sometime in the future the tours will resume. Until that time, we will just have to be patient. We are fortunate to have Earl Homer and Phil Horras (owner/builder) of the Twin-Starr Gyrocopter, agree to give a very interesting and informative talk and video of their creation for the November program.

This year's combined Chapter Christmas Party with the Ozarks Chapter will be at the Riverside Inn in Ozark, MO. Having not being able to attend a previous function, it should be very interesting. It will be held on the evening of Wednesday, December 12th. (More details in December). I was unable to attend the last MPA meeting, as I was in Nashville, Tennessee. I attended Baker School of Aeronautics and attained my aircraft inspector's license.

Larry Kennedy

November Program

This month's meeting is on Tuesday, November 20th, at Café SGF at the Springfield Branson/Regional Airport. Buffet (Roast turkey & trimmings) is at 7:00 P.M. Cost is $10.00 per person. Social Hour begins at 6:30 P.M. Program: See President's Column above for details.

Chapter Officers


Larry Kennedy 417-788-2764

Vice President

Tom Holmer 417-869-4440


Nancdy McClure 417-863-1828


Lynn Rodgers 417-865-7914

Newsletter Editor

Roger Ferguson 417-882-1727

Calendar of Events

11/16 EAA Chapter 821 Meeting. Air & Military Museum of The Ozarks, 2305 E. Kearney (Lurvey Plaza) Time 7:00 P.M. For more information contact President Larry G. Harmon (417) 866-0919 or e-mail EAALHARMON@aol.com

12/9 MPA State Board Meeting - Columbia Regional Airport Columbia, MO. Board meets at 1:00 P.M. All MPA Members Welcome!

Shuffling Off to Buffalo
- Roger Ferguson [Editor]

I drove to MCI early October 9th for flights to BUF on AAL MD-80s. One of the many highlights of the trip was that upon arrival at BUF, George Stark, an old Navy buddy met me at the baggage claim. We had not seen each other since May 1945. He lives in Pittsford, NY (suburb of Rochester). On Wednesday afternoon, we drove to Hammondsport, NY on the south end of Keuka Lake where the Glenn Curtiss Aircraft Museum is located. Glenn was an early aviation pioneer and a competitor of the Wright Brothers. Among his many accomplishments, he was the "father" of the flying boat, the OX-5 aircraft engine used in many early airplanes including the "Jenny" and held the land speed record (117mph on a motorcycle) for many years. His airplanes included the P-40, C-46 and others.

On Thursday through Saturday, I attended the Quiet Birdmen Governor's conference in Buffalo. On Friday evening, the entire group (about 300 men) were bussed to the Canadian War Birds Museum at Hamilton, Ontario. The first airplane inside the entrance, was a flyable PBY-5A! Many of the other exhibited aircraft were flyable also.

I returned to Missouri Sunday, October 14th once again in AAL MD-80s. It was an enjoyable and memorable trip.

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