Wright ‘B’ Flyer Silver Bird accident

Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of Mitchell Cary and Don Gum who devoted so much to aviation. It is a difficult day for those of us who support efforts to keep history flying and the Wright B Flyer Museum.

Crash kills 2 in plane based on Wright ‘B’ Flyer

GREEN TWP., Clark County — Two local pilots died Saturday morning during a test flight of the Wright ‘B’ Flyer’s Silver Bird.

The plane went down before 11 a.m. in a field about two miles west of 7391 Pitchin Road. Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Brian Cook of the Springfield Post said a call came in at 10:56 a.m. and troopers arrived at 11:39 a.m. He said all-terrain vehicles were needed to get authorities to the crash site. Media on the ground were not allowed on the property.

The president of Wright B. Flyer Inc. identified the pilots as Don Gum and Mitchell Cary. Phil Beaudoin said both men were volunteer pilots and members of the group’s board of trustees and that Cary was a former president of the organization. Continue reading

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Twitterfeed now set for EAA284 web updates

If you are a Twitter social networking user, EAA284 posts will now trigger a “tweet” with a link to the most recent updates to this site. Although the information is sparse (140 characters or less), the service works well as reminder for upcoming meeting … especially if you permit them to be sent as text messages to your cellphone. Feedback is always appreciated. You can follow EAA Chapter 284 messages at http://twitter.com/eaa284.

EAA284 Meeting June 12 2011 and Corvair College Report

EAA Chapter 284 will hold its June meeting on Sunday June 12, 2011 2 PM at Red Stewart Airfield. Program topic will be building wooden ribs. We have several members building or contemplating planes with wood wings. Ribs and tail feathers are usually where the builder starts. The the building process for ribs and tail feathers for the most part are the same, Just the size of the pieces is different. If you are currently working on theses pieces you might want to bring a sample of your work or you rib jig.

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Space Night is May 5, 2011 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Space Night is May 5, 2011 Children and adults of all ages will have an “out-of-this-world” experience during Space Night from 6-11 p.m. on May 5 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Details are still being planned, but visitors can expect an exciting after-hours gathering at the museum, including special appearances by astronauts, a Star-Gaze with telescopes (weather permitting), space-related demonstration stations, reduced prices for IMAX® films and much more! Continue reading