Fly In History

Fly In History

<HTML>HI

I have met many of you folks at osh or snf during the past few years of aviation research.....it's the pilots, the owners, the patient supporters of the Cessna culture that I love to document.

Everyone who is closely connected to a cez should get the word out about the fly in this month.....personally, i'm trying to get the BW from Broadhead to fly in for at least the afternoon, but he gave up most of the fly in stuff back in the eighties.

I'm taking my son by ground to osh and hopefully can stop by for one day of photographs and stories about your birds.  One day we hope to fly up from Florida and watch the old airmaster and taildraggers take to the competition....har har

Blue Skies to you all,

Michael Cessna McVey
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<HTML>Well, I only own a "new" Cessna made mostly of metal, ('53 170B, N146YS) and I wonder how many Cessna fans actually know what a "BW" is! ;Þ
But, no matter, if anyone really wants to know the Cessna story, they really need to find a copy of "Cessna, A Master's Expression" by Edward H. Phillips (ISBN 0-911139-04-4) and enjoy!  I thought I knew a lot about Cessna but I didn't "know 'nuthin' ."  I had no idea that the Cessna name was so well-respected in aviation racing circles, and you have to deeply respect a mid-1920's airplane manufacturer whose product strength was advertised with photographs of 17 men standing all along the top of a totally strut-less cantilever wing!   What a picture!
  Here's to your Grand-uncle, Clyde Cessna, far-sighted champion of the cantilever monoplane!  (It was years before those other manufacturers and former partners acheived such fame, and then only after they finally admitted the Cessna monoplane designs were the better idea!)   I like to imagine he might have seen my airplane when it rolled out the doors, with perhaps the same admiration and pride for it that I enjoy! 
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<HTML>that Edwards books is good, but not perfect.....like flying many people learn differently and document with different styles. 

one book made the mistake, like you did regarding the family members (i'm a greatgrandson, not nephew like the Wallace bros).  they called the miss wanda a racer named after clyde's sister.....That would be wrong since it was his daughter, my grandmother.  Details details details.....that is what aviation is all about.

we have tons of angles to set straight about the Cessna folklore and it's people like you that motivate me to be proactive about the process of Cessna evolution and historical networking.

i look forward to meeting you and finding out more about your new bird 146YS....it's pilots like you and people who respect the early pioneers that truely understand what aviation has been for the past 100 years - THANKS for your Reply.

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<HTML>WHY did I DO that?!!!??!!  I KNEW who you are!  I KNEW you were a great-grandson, I guess I just made a mental slip when I started recalling episodes from the book.  (Phillips book, not Edwards)  Ha!
I truly wish I could make the fly-in this year, but my work schedule is not going to allow it. 
If you're ever in Texas, (or would like to make it down here), I'll certainly promise you a guest bedroom here at the Flying X Ranch.  (I'm also the founder of the Classic Cessna 170 Club, http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/theclassiccessna170club and plan on hosting a Cessna "Conventional gear Convention" here at my central Texas ranch later on, possibly this fall.  I'll make certain you get an invitation.) 
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<HTML>Be sure to let us 180/185's know about your flyin.

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