Building the Vision: Czech museum yields display ideas for local project

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I missed writing the column last week, and am glad to get back into the "groove," so to speak. My husband and I went to Prague, Czech Republic, to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The actual date of our wedding is in June, but we thought we would go early to avoid the summer crowds.


However, in spite of all the tourists and the recently-elevated prices, we had a marvelous time. I would compare it with walking into a fairy tale.

I really mention all of this for two reasons: to explain why there was no column last week, and to say that while there we were able to go to several museums, the most impressive of which was Terezin, the town outside of Prague that was turned into a concentration camp that looked like a pretty little Jewish village.

The Nazis kept most of the thousands of prisoners in a fortress outside of town where they were tortured, where many died, and where those who did not were sent on to extermination camps. The small number who were living in the town itself were dressed normally and fed well so that when the Red Cross and other agencies came to see how the Jewish camps were run, they could show off Terezin and say, "Look, see how happy they are!" After the observers left, all Jewish witnesses to the visit were sent to Auschwitz.

The museum there was beautifully laid out, with exhibits from history that seemed to come alive. I will take those ideas to our committee to add to the ones we are collecting as we design the interior of the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Museum. Again, we encourage any of you who have ideas and/or items for the museum to contact headquarters at (660) 886-2630.

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In news from June, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News published this article:

"Nicholas-Beazley Gets Order For Fifty Gliders

"Craft Will Be Shipped In Knocked-Down Condition

"--Deliver 12 Weekly -- Parts Orders Up

"A single order for fifty gliders from the Northrup Aircraft Company at Minneapolis is announced today by the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, Inc., here. The craft will be delivered knocked-down for future assembly by the Minneapolis company.

"A special division has been organized by the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company for the building of the glider parts. The glider to be constructed here is of the primary type which has proven to be so popular among enthusiasts who are taking up glider training. It consists of wood and steel construction.

"The first order will be delivered at the rate of 12 per week. Additional orders for 50 or more will be scheduled for delivery as soon as the first fifty are finished, it was announced.

"This new glider division added to the already large aviation activities in this city will give employment to more skilled workmen.

"Deliver Canadian Ship

"The Nicholas-Beazley Company this week delivered to the Sprott Aviation School at Vancouver, B. C., Canada, a Barling NB-3 monoplane done in a striking color scheme. It was one of the flashiest ships ever turned out locally.

"When the order was placed for the monoplane the school expressed its desire to have the craft finished in outstanding colors. After such consideration it was decided that the fuselage should be painted royal purple and the wings and trimmings in metallic gold. The result was a gorgeous combination.

"When in flight the sun's rays reflecting on the gold surface of the wing were dazzling, causing a peculiar halo around the deep purple that was a delight to the eye. The ship attracted much attention from local aviation enthusiasts.

"More Parts Being Sold

"Increased activity as reported by the Nicholas-Beazley Company, in the parts and supply division would indicate the owners and operators of airports, transportation lines and hangar service men are preparing for the demand that will be made upon them for immediate service on transient planes as well as ships of their own fields. Orders call for small stock of the more popular aeronautical parts and supplies, bolts, nuts, wire, fabric, shock cord, and such.

"The company's stock has been augmented and filled in complete to in turn give dealers and distributors prompt and complete service on orders they send in. The new 1930 catalog has been distributed to every dealer or distributor interested in the aircraft industry. It is, as well, an authentic aeronautical valuable to the aviation industry."

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June 12, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News:

"Make Preliminary Tests On Small Racing Monoplane

"In Taxiing Ship About Airport Sunday, However, Weeds Cause It To Turn Over

"Preliminary tests on a small racing plane built in the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, Inc., plant last winter were made at the airport Sunday before an interested throng of spectators. No attempt was made to take the ship off the ground, but it was taxied about the runways at a fast clip.

"The little craft showed evidence of wanting to take the air, but the pilot was not yet ready. It was planned to take the racer up today but just as it was being taxied for the last time across the airport some high grass or weeds caught in the wheels causing them to lock and throwing the ship over. No one was injured and only the propeller and tall group on the plane were slightly damaged. Repairs will be made at once.

"The little plane, which is expected to set a new speed record for small racing planes, could easily be put into the ordinary living room. The wing span is 21 feet and the overall length only 11 feet. Fully loaded it weighs but 580 pounds.

"The plane is powered by a Pobjoy radial air cooled motor. This motor develops 72 H. P. and weighs only one hundred and fifty pounds. It was designed by Dr. Pobjoy of England, and has satisfactorily passed the British Air Ministry tests which call for a one hundred hour run at full throttle.

"The plane carries sufficient gas for four hours of flying. It is fully equipped with instruments. Great care has been taken to streamline it as much as possible to cut down the air resistance. Even the small wheels have a streamlined fairing around them.

"Until the plane has been fully flight tested the finishing touches will not be put on. As it stands now, the motor is not lined. Eventually the motor will be equipped with an N. A. C. A. cowling, the wheels and undercarriage stream-lined and the plane painted an attractive color."

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June 12, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News:

"Burial Of H.J. Bushmeyer

"Services for Aviator, Killed in New York, are Held in Alma

"Burial services for Henry J. Bushmeyer, who was fatally injured in an airplane accident June 4 at Roosevelt Field, L. I., were held Monday at Alma, Mo.

"Bushmeyer left Kansas City about eighteen months ago to promote the cause of an air mail pick-up device in the East. Shortly after that time, "Buddy," as he was called, turned to parachute jumping, making many sensational leaps. He was one of the first to broadcast by radio his sensations during the jump.

"Funeral services for the young man were held at the New York field, also."