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Building the Vision: Pancake Day fly-in, drive-in a fun way to pitch in

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

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As Brittney Spears would say, "Oops, I did it again!" When I wrote about the Pancake Day at the airport on June 10, I referred to it as a Saturday. Wrong! It's a Sunday, and let me say, I can't think of a better way to spend part of your day ... before or after church ... or whenever you can get there!

On top of seeing the restored airplanes and other memorabilia that are on display there, you can watch the antics of Chris Cakes. He and his crew are famous throughout the area and have been featured in the Kansas City Star Magazine and other periodicals. Let's just say, breakfast is served with a smile ... or a belly laugh. The young diners will be particularly pleased as flapjacks fly through the air like the stunt pilots of old.

The event will take place June 10, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For $6 (adults) and $4 (kids 12 and under), you can eat pancakes until you can't hold any more! Come to the Marshall Municipal Airport, and you're sure to see the action. Fly in or drive in. Suit yourself! We just want to see you there.

Now, looking back almost exactly 77 years, we have an article published in The Marshall Democrat-News on July 17, 1930, which tells of a close call for one of the early flying women:

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"Has Harrowing Experience in Barling NB-3

"Ruth Alexander Loses Consciousness Five

"Miles in Air ... Plane Floating When Recovers

"The sturdy, safe construction of the Barling NB-3 monoplane, product of the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, Inc., of Marshall, was again demonstrated yesterday, when, after losing consciousness five miles about the earth, Ruth Alexander, young San Diego aviatrix, yesterday awoke to find herself gliding to the landing field still 18,000 feet below ... and a few minutes later was informed she probably had set an altitude record of around 26,000 feet.

"The record for light planes piloted by women was 20,000 feet, set by Miss Alexander July 4, in the same 90-horsepower, low-wing monoplane.

"Exhaustion of her oxygen supply was the explanation given by the flier for her lapse from consciousness, when she landed still dazed, at Lindbergh Field.

"'The last thing I noted was 22,000 feet,' she said, pointing to the shakily penciled numbers on a sheet of cardboard attached to the instrument panel of the plane. 'My oxygen was pretty low and I was still climbing.'

"'Then I looked at my altimeter and it showed 18,000 feet. I couldn't realize what was wrong and thought that something was haywire with the instrument. I looked at my oxygen; I still had the tube between my teeth and was holding the stick in my hand ... but the oxygen was gone. Then I realized I had been "out."

"'The plane was in a gentle left bank, slowly settling. It didn't feel so good, without any oxygen, so I dived pretty sharply to about 7,000 feet, and then came down more slowly.'

"Miss Alexander formerly lived at Olathe. Her parents now live at Irving, Kans. She bought the Barling plane here several months ago."

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August 14, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News:

"Marshall May Have Plane in Good Will Tour

"Nicholas-Beazley Has Been Asked to Enter

"One or More of Twenty in State Cruise

"Twenty airplanes, representing the airplane manufacturing industry in Missouri and surrounding states, will make a two or three days good will tour of Missouri the week of September 8, according to an announcement made at Jefferson City by Senator Dwight H. Brown, president of the State Chamber of Commerce, and George A. Pickens, executive secretary.

"The Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, Inc., of Marshall has been asked to enter one or more planes. Inasmuch as the tour comes very shortly after the Chicago Air Races, Russell Nicholas, president, was not certain today the company could participate in the tour, but he said an effort would be made to have a Barling NB-4 monoplane in the group.

"Governor Henry S. Caulfield is expected to accompany the party making the trip over Missouri. The mission of the tour, it was learned at the local airplane plant, is to promote aviation in the state.

"A pathfinder plane carrying tour officials will scout the state before long, it was indicated, to arrange the itinerary of the tour. Jefferson City will likely be the starting point, although St. Louis has been suggested as the place from which to begin the tour. Tentative plans call for the fleet to stop at about four towns a day, where the members of the tour will spend some time with the citizens.

"It is believed that Marshall will be selected as one of the stopping points. This will almost be made certain should Nicholas-Beazley have a monoplane in the fleet.

"Officers of the State Chamber of Commerce will be carried in the flag ship, which will also serve as the weather ship."

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The Marshall Democrat-News, December 11, 1930

"Local Airplane Company Gets U.S. Ski Order

"Landing Equipment Made Here Will Be Used

"In Far North ... Three Materials Used

"An order calling for enough skis to equip a squadron of fighting planes has been received by the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company here from the United States government, department of war. Forms and jigs have about been complete and the company plans starting delivery in about two weeks.

"So far as is known here, this is the first time that a government contract for army specification ski equipment for fighting planes has been let to anyone outside of the larger airplane manufacturers with extensive development laboratories.

"The skis manufactured here will be used in Arctic maneuvers, in which pilots are trained to fly under the most severe weather conditions. The skis take the place of wheels on the ordinary plane. They are similar to those used by residents and visitors of the far north, except that they are much wider and bear up the weight of the ship on soft snow and are so designed to offer the least possible resistance in the air, at the same time being strong and tough enough to withstand the tremendous friction caused by the takeoff and landing of the two to three ton fighting craft.

"The runners are of steamed and formed ash, covered with duralumin to withstand wear and increase strength. Upon each runner is built a chrome molly steel tripod which fastens the runner to the landing gear. This tripod is covered with a skirt of duralumin sheeting to reduce wind resistance."

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Check this out ...

The Marshall Democrat-News, November 6, 1930:

"Stewart-James

"Mr. and Mrs. J. A. James announce the marriage of their daughter, Zella Lee, to Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Stewart, of Newman Grove, Nebr.

"The wedding took place September 20, 1930, in the Latter Day Saints auditorium at Independence, Mo. The ceremony was read by Rev. H. A. Koehler.

"Mrs. Stewart is a graduate of Marshall High School, class of '29, and Mr. Stewart is a graduate of the Marshall Flying School. For two and one-half years, Mr. Stewart has been employed by the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Co.

"Mr. and Mrs. Stewart left Monday for Newman Grove, where they will make their home with the groom's parents for the present. Their friends are extending best wishes.

ANITA WRIGHT, Columnist
Building the Vision