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Building the Vision: Campaign officials hope public attends groundbreaking

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

This is the week ... tomorrow is the day! The official groundbreaking for the Martin Civic Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum will take place at the building site by the Marshall Municipal Airport at 5 p.m. Of course, the public is invited ... really encouraged to attend. Dignitaries will be present to say a few words and turn the ground with the golden shovels. On display will be the restored airplanes that represent the products of the Nicholas-Beazley Company. If you have not seen these, you must come. Seeing is believing, as they say, and actually standing close to one of these machines almost takes you back in time to when aviation was new and Marshall was right in the center of it all.

Campaign members are extremely grateful to the people in the community and surrounding areas who have given their generous monetary contributions. Over two-thirds of the $3 million goal has been reached. At this point, we are in need of about $300,000 to complete the project, with most of that money being needed for the interior. The steel structure has been ordered and should be here soon. Bids have been submitted for the concrete portion of the building.

Your input and memorabilia are needed. A committee has been formed to design the civic center, keeping in mind the things people have said they want. Remember, this is a facility that is for public use. We have said that we will have the latest in technology, a state-of-the-art kitchen area, partitions that will allow for the accommodation of several small groups as well as one large gathering, and adequate restrooms. If you have any specific requests, please call Headquarters at (660) 886-2630 to submit your ideas.

For the museum, we are looking for artifacts and memorabilia to display. It is amazing what has been "unearthed" so far. If you run across anything you think will be of interest, please let us know. Again, Headquarters is the place to come. It is located on the east side of the Marshall square. Also, we are planning exhibits that will appeal to a wide audience, not the least of which is the school-aged child. We hope to have hands-on centers where children can interact with items available. Our goal in this area, as we have indicated in our presentations, is to create an exciting learning destination that will be welcoming to student groups throughout Marshall and the surrounding area. Teachers and anyone having creative ideas about centers that can be set up should submit their ideas through Headquarters. Feel free to give me a call at (660) 886-2031 and I will see that your concepts are passed along.

We are excited to announce that our target date for completion of the Center/Museum is late fall of 2007. As Tennessee Ernie Ford used to say, "If the good Lord's willing and the creek don't rise," this Vision will become Reality soon. If you can help us with the remainder of the necessary funds please let us know.

A friend of mine recently handed me an article from the Columbia Missourian dated Thursday, April 5, 1928. I will pass it along to you.

"Boasts largest aviation school

"Marshall Institution Offers 3 Courses to 263 Students

"Marshall, Mo. (U.P.) 'Get up into the sky.'

"That is the slogan of the people of Marshall, claimed as the home of the largest flying school in the world.

"With an enrollment of 263, representing every state, China, Canada, and the Canal Zone, the Marshall Flying School not only lays claim to the largest school but also claims the best-equipped school in the world.

"It is a subsidiary of the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company and was established about three years ago. It was not until last summer that enrollment grew in such strides it was necessary to add six pilots to the personnel within two months. This growth is attributed to interest in trans-Atlantic and other flights in 1927.

"The school offers three flying courses: a complete flying course, a complete ground course, and a special 50-hour pilot's course which leads to qualification as an industrial or limited commercial pilot under United States Department of Commerce laws.

"Since the school was organized there has never been the slightest injury sustained by any of the hundreds of students."

Check this out ...

The Marshall Democrat-News, Feb. 20, 1930

"Zimmerley Flies Barling NB-3 Five Miles High

"Nicholas-Beazley Pilot Hits 120-mile Wind At

"15,000-Foot Level...Carried Three Barographs


"St. Louis, Feb. 17...(AP)...Preliminary checking of the barographs carried by D. S. (Barney) Zimmerley, of Marshall, Mo., in his flight for world's altitude record for light planes, today indicated a new mark had been set.

"Flying a Barling NB-3 low-wing monoplane, D. S. (Barney) Zimmerley, test pilot for the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company in Marshall yesterday afternoon unofficially broke the world's altitude record for light planes when he attained a height of approximately 27,250 feet in a flight begun from the Forest Park field in St. Louis, which is opposite the Arena buildings, where the International Aircraft Exposition is being held.

"The former record, held by Paul Baumer, a German, was 22, 250 feet. Two open barographs, with marks of 27,800 and 26,700 respectively, were carried by the pilot. A third barograph, sealed, also was carried.

"Will Check Record

"The instruments will be sent to Washington for checking by the National Aeronautic Association, and Zimmerley's record must be approved by the Federation of Aeronautique Internationale at Paris, France before it is officially recognized as a world record.

"Only a few hundred persons saw Zimmerley take off, but a crowd estimated at 10,000 witnessed the landing. The flight was made in connection with the exposition.

"Clad in a flying suit and a pair of fur-lined coveralls, with electrically heated goggles and helmet, Zimmerley nosed his plane into the sky at 2:25 o'clock, and in less than fifteen minutes was lost to the vision of the spectators.

"He reappeared at 4:18 o'clock, and landed in the park fifteen minutes later, where he was greeted by a delegation of air show officials and a committee from the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce.

"Police Hold Crowd

"Police experienced much difficulty in keeping the huge crowd in restraint, the spectators swarming around the machine and necessitating the opening of a lane through which the aviator was taken into the Arena.

"Zimmerley said that his Lambert ninety horsepower motor functioned perfectly throughout the flight, and rose steadily until the limit was reached. His two oxygen tanks were almost exhausted when the ship began to descend, he asserted.

"The pilot told of a 120-mile wind which raged over the 15,000 foot level, and said that, although he was headed west, he was blown several miles east of the Mississippi River. The ground was lost under a maze of clouds when the 10,000-foot height was reached, he recounted.

"Zimmerley's hearing was temporarily impaired by the sudden change of altitude; however, he suffered no other physical effects."

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