Photo Essay:The Blakesburg Fly-In
Antique airplanes—the cream of the crop—fluttered around corn country to celebrate an air mail birthday.
- By airspacemag.com
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 18, 2008
1928 Boeing 40C
Livery: Pacific Air Transport
Tail number 5339
Addison Pemberton (pictured) built the 40C from scavenged parts, all that remained after the mail plane crashed on a mountaintop in 1928. Some 50 original pieces were absorbed into a 30,000-piece aircraft; Pemberton’s wife, Wendy, says, ”He didn’t bring a project home—he brought home DNA.” The world’s only airworthy 40C resides in Spokane, Washington. It flew the mail from Blakesburg to Ottumwa and back on August 29.