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EAA Chapter 242 – Palmetto Sport Aviation to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Please join us on Saturday, August 22, 2015, starting at 9:00 a.m. as we celebrate EAA Chapter 242’s 50th Anniversary. Location: Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport (KCUB) in downtown Columbia, SC.EAA242Banner080315

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Moonpie II Visits The Spa

By Robert Cutter

Incubation time for Moonpie II was about 7-3/4 years. Just after her first birthday, aka annual condition inspection, she went for a spa visit. Gail and I had agreed on a paint scheme, visited a painter in Georgia who does good work and went over pricing and scheduling. He said he would need to keep the plane for 6-8 weeks. WHAT? Not fly for two months? I wasn’t too sure about that, so I called the “Michael Angelo of RV painters,” Grady L. O’Neal of GLO Custom Aircraft, Inc. Ft. Worth, TX.

Before the spa treatment

Before the spa treatment


GLO Custom has painted more than 200 RVs from around the USA and Canada. Grady started painting airline aircraft in the 70’s and corporate jets and turbo props a few years later. In the RV world, Grady is “The Man.” Well, I knew I couldn’t afford to go to, what I have heard, is the best painter in the US and it was a long trip to Ft. Worth, but I made the call just for grins.

Ironically, the paint scheme we had chosen, GLO had painted in 2013. I believed he could do it again with a few changes we wanted. I was shocked at the quote. Not only was he over $1200 less expensive than the other quote we had, he only wanted the plane for 3-4 weeks!! Now that’s more like it. The flight over was going to be much further and more expensive than going to Ga. It certainly was going to be more complex getting home and then back to get her. Hmmm. What to do, what to do?
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A Guy Named Robert

2-Thornlands-18Oct08 029By Tom Roberts

Though I am not one to believe in angels, I believe this. If there are angels, they are not blonde with halos over their heads, nor do they have wings and wear long, white robes.

My father had been a career Air Force pilot. After retiring, he accepted a position with General Electric as a systems engineer working on defense systems at Hanscom Air force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts. They lived in a scenic, New England town named Chelmsford. After ten years with GE, he retired for the last time. They remained in Chelmsford adapting to my father’s retirement. My parents were at home wherever they were living at the time. Moving was never out of the question. The last winter they spent in Chelmsford, it snowed like there was no tomorrow. I happened to be visiting them at the time. Their house was split level from the front to the back. The rear of the house was two stories. The snow had virtually engulfed the front of the house. My dad and I climbed out of a back window and dropped about four or five feet into snow that enveloped us to our knees. Locomotion was, to say the least, difficult. Their driveway was on one side of the house and 90 degrees to the garage which was under the house. My dad had a pickup truck with a camper on the back that he parked in the driveway. It had a CB antenna on top of the camper and that was all that was visible of the whole camper and truck! The cars were entombed in the garage behind a wall of snow. We worked our way around to the front of the house to begin digging out. All of New England came to a complete halt. My mother who had grown up in Michigan (my father grew up in Chicago, Illinois) said, “We are moving. I am not spending another winter here.” And so it was done.
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SCBC At KCUB Sunday, March 1, 2015

logo1The South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation is hosting the South Carolina Breakfast Club on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport (KCUB), Hangar Y-1. This is the corporate hangar closest to the FBO. In the past we have held the SCBC at the maintenance hangar but not this time as it is occupied.

Food will be provided by EAA 242 at the SCHAF hangar (Y-1) starting at 9:00 a.m. and lasting through about 10:30 a.m. Breakfast is just $8.00 per person. There are no dues, just show up and you’re a member of the breakfast club forever. That’s this Sunday morning, March 1, 2015 at KCUB starting at 9:00 a.m. We’d love to see you there.

SPECIAL: Peggy at Eagle Aviation is offering $0.60 per gallon fuel discount for those folks who fly in to attend the SCBC.

Fly in or drive in and bring a friend or two!

The South Carolina Breakfast Club (SCBC) is an aviation organization that has been meeting at various airports in the Palmetto State and around the southeast since 1938. Come enjoy food, fellowship and fun. Visit the SCBC website for more information.

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2014 Awards Banquet Review

WideAngleOfEventPhotos by Tim Huebel

EAA Chapter 242 held its annual awards banquet in a fitting, cozy setting on Saturday evening, January 24, 2015, in hangar Y-1 at Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport (KCUB).

The festivities started with a reception as folks arrived, where many 242’ers were able to catch up with each other, bid on silent auction items, or simply take in the venue – the magnificent B-25 and many pieces of war era memorabilia. Hosts Cantzon Foster and Ken Berry graciously opened their hangar once again to this year’s event where lots of hard work by everyone involved led to a very enjoyable evening. Chapter president Jim Herpst headed up the banquet committee, the pork butts and chicken were cooked by Francis Drayton and Steve Richardson. Lloyd Dunham rightfully received many compliments on his bean recipe. John Pipkin worked on the food serving line and made sure everyone had plenty to eat. Many folks went back two or more times. Mac Burton and Ken Harrill served a wide variety of refreshing beverages throughout the evening. Approximately 70 folks were in attendance.

Folks worked their way through the food serving line and as the line dwindled down, Jim Herpst welcomed everyone and introduced the guest speaker, Gerald Ballard, who had everyone laughing as he shared many stories from his past. Thank you Mr. Ballard being there!
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December 2014/End Of Year Young Eagles Report

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

December Young Eagles: Good Day But Cold and Closed out a Good Year


We had a good day in December but it was cold and two of our aircraft were hampered by the cold temps so it was a little slow going. We flew 31 kids and this brings us to 460 year to date. We had a good year. This is a little under our 2013 total but during 2014 we had 3 months when weather prevented flying. Our all time total is now 10814.

The Spann Watson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen returned and provided a great cookout as well as bringing some young eagles. They also made a nice monetary contribution to our young eagles program. We thank them for their assistance dedication to our program.

Our guests were also given tours of the SC Historic Aviation Foundation Hangar and Museum. There they got to see the progress in restoration work on the historic B-25 airplane.
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President’s Cockpit: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

EAA Chapter 242 2013 President Mike Hoover

EAA Chapter 242 2013 President Mike Hoover

As we close the year 2014, we open a New Year – and this one is particularly special! In 2015, we celebrate our 50th year as an EAA Chapter. The chapter will be left in good hands this coming year with our incoming 2015 executive committee: Jim Herpst, Ken Berry, Todd Overcash and Harold Moxley. Thank you guys for stepping up! I look forward 2015!

Thank you to everyone for all of the support you have given the chapter, me and my family during my time as a member of the executive committee for the past several years. It has been much appreciated. It has been a joy serving one of the premier EAA chapters in the world.

Merry Christmas and have a Safe and Happy New Year!

See ya next year!

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EAA 242 2015 Officers Elected

EAA242Wings49th2014_113013At our chapter meeting on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the SAC, the new officers for 2015 were elected. After a call for nominations, where none were brought forth, a motion was made and the nominating committee’s recommended nominees were voted in:

Jim Herpst – President
Ken Berry – Vice President
Harold Moxley – Treasurer
Todd Overcash – Secretary

Despite the cold snap, we had a good turn out for the pancake breakfast, with at least one airplane flying into KCUB.

Congratulations to our 2015 Executive Committee! I expect 2015, our 50th year, to be a great one!

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Thunder Mustang Gets Airworthiness Certificate

GeorgeLucyWithACAfter years of hard work, George and Lucy Walters’ Thunder Mustang project is now officially an airplane. DAR Vic Syracuse from the Atlanta area flew in early Sunday morning, November 2, 2014 to inspect the airplane. After a thorough inspection and much paperwork, the Walters were presented with an Airworthiness Certificate and complimented on a job well done. A customary toast at the Walters’ hangar was had that afternoon.

Congrats George and Lucy!
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October 2014 Young Eagles Report: A Good Day

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

By Ron Shelton


Good day except not enough aircraft. We flew 47 kids but our participating pilots were much overworked. Pilots participating were Harry Bous, Ron Johnson, David Nieves, Phil Pesek and Don Purcell. We now have 380 year to date. Our all time total is now 10734.

We were also hosting the Spann Watson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Organization again in October –and they cooked out again for us and some of our guests. A group that attended was the AFJROTC from C A Johnson School. They were patient as we worked to get them all an airplane ride. We also did tours of the SC Historic Aviation Foundation Hangar.
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