North American Model Engineering Show
April 18, 19 2009
Our trip to the 20th North American Model Engineering Show started with a stop at the Glenn H. Curtis Museum in Hammondsport NY. The museum is one of my favorites and this was probably my fifth visit there. It is a delightful small museum that honors the memory of one of the great early pioneers of aviation and motorcycle racing.
My very patient and cheerful wife, Terri with Miss Taffy Bear and Eddie Moose.
At one time Glenn Curtis was the fastest man on earth having topped 120 MPH (193 KPH) on one of his motorcycles.
Roy Bear is ready to try anything.
Very early lathe
My wife once experienced a forced landing in this very type of aircraft. A Beech Travel Air that she was a passenger in landed in a Wisconsin oat field after running our of gas.
I thought that I had a photo of the name plate on this lathe, it is an old Lodge and Shipley or a LeBlond but I don't remember for sure now.
I had never seen a South Bend lathe with a L type spindle nose before. Just goes to show that you learn something new every day if you just get up and get going.
This Crosley aviation engine was undergoing restoration. I have only ever seen pictures of it but the Crosley Moonbeam biplane is just the cutest thing you would ever seen http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/N147N.html
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