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
1919 de Havilland DH-4M2
Livery: Robertson Aircraft Company
Tail number N3249H
Al Stix’ DH-4 was restored by Glenn Peck (pictured), who says, “The DH-4 has many original parts, enough to be called an original.” All the major structural parts are newly made, following original drawings. The straps (pictured) hold the cargo compartment closed. “It’s hard to see on landing because you’re so far back from the front end,” Peck says, “but it tracks straight once it’s down. It tells you gently what input it needs.” The airplane is kept at Creve Coeur, Missouri. It flew the mail from Blakesburg to Ottumwa and back on August 30.