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Lt. General Thomas Patten Stafford

To Receive Wright Brothers Trophy

   Lt. General Thomas Patten Stafford, USAF (Ret.) will receive the prestigious 2011 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy for his pioneering achievements that have led the way to the moon, to greater international cooperation in space, and to a safer America.

    NAA established this award in 1948 to honor the memory of Orville and Wilbur Wright. The trophy is awarded annually to a living American for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States. 

    NAA Chairman Walter Boyne lauded the choice. "General Stafford's manifold contributions to aviation and space are properly recognized with this award. His heroic leadership in national and international space triumphs will be an inspiration for future generations."

    In his long and distinguished career, General Stafford has been a fighter pilot, flight instructor, distinguished test pilot, pioneering astronaut, aerospace record setter, author and an advisor to federal agencies and U.S. Presidents alike. He established a successful pattern that leads directly from the Gemini missions to the International Space Station. His Apollo X mission was a pathfinder that laid the foundation for the successful lunar landings. Today's international cooperation and partnership in space was forged upon the historic handshake he offered his (then) Soviet counterpart during the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975.

    Lt. General Stafford will receive the award at the Wright Memorial Dinner on Friday, December 16, 2011, at the Washington Hilton Hotel. For more information on the award, please visit For more information on the Wright Memorial Dinner contact 

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Marine Corps Commandant toamos

Speak at October Luncheon

   The NAA 2011-2012 Luncheon Series will kick off on Friday, October 28, 2011 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps is the featured speaker. He will address the group and take questions from the audience. Register online by October 20.

Academy of Model Aeronautics to

Receive Frank G. Brewer Trophy

   The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) will receive the prestigious Frank G. Brewer Trophy for Aviation Education "for exemplary accomplishment and collaborative work with numerous aerospace organizations across the nation to assist students, teachers and community leaders in understanding the science, skill and beauty of flight." The Brewer Trophy is

AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson in front of the AMA headquarters.

presented annually for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States.

    NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney, Chairman of the Selection Committee, said, "I was very pleased with the quality of nominations we received for the Brewer Trophy, and I am particularly proud that the Academy of Model Aeronautics was named as the recipient for 2011. For 75 years they have maintained a focus on aviation education which has impacted millions of young people across the United States, and the Brewer Trophy is a great acknowledgment of their dedication and commitment to this very important cause."

   The award will be presented at the NAA Fall Awards Banquet on Monday, November 7, 2011 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

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Dailey, Potts, Coyne, and Cashman to

Receive Elder Statesman of Aviation Awards

   NAA announced the recipients of this year's Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Awards. General Jack Dailey, Leon Potts, The Honorable James Coyne, and John Cashman will be honored at the NAA Fall Awards Banquet on Monday, November 7 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

General Jack Dailey

   General Jack Dailey, USMC (Ret.) flew over 7,000 hours in a variety of aircraft and flew 450 combat missions during his 36-year career in the Marine Corps. In 1990, he was promoted to the rank of general and named Assistant Commandant. He then joined NASA as Associate Deputy Administrator, where he led the agency's internal operations. In January 2000, General Dailey became Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. During Dailey's tenure, the museum has expanded to include the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport.

Lenny Potts

   From his first parachute jump in 1952 to his current service on the National Skydiving Museum's Board of Trustees, Leon "Lenny" Potts has dedicated himself to the skydiving and aviation communities and continues to make a lasting impact today. He was instrumental in promoting the sport of parachuting by forming local clubs and associations, always stressing safety. He served with the U.S. Parachute Teams as team pilot when they competed in the World Parachuting Championships in Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Great Britain. He has served on the NAA Sport Aviation Council. He has been awarded the U.S. Parachute Association's highest honor - the Lifetime Achievement Award - and this fall will be inducted into the National Skydiving Hall of Fame.

Jim Coyne

    President of the National Air Transportation Association since 1994, The Honorable Jim Coyne is a lifelong advocate of aviation safety. He serves on the Board of Governors of the FlightSafety Foundation and was Founder and President of the Air Charter Safety Foundation. He began his career as CEO of a family business in Philadelphia, and in 1980 was elected to the United States House of Representatives. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan asked Coyne to join his staff as director of the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives. A pilot with over 6,000 hours, he has also served as President of the American Consulting Engineers Council, the American Tort Reform Association, and Americans to Limit Congressional Terms.

   John Cashman joined Boeing in 1966 and retired as its Director of Flight Crew Operations and Chief Pilot in 2007.  During his tenure he

John Cashman

was involved with numerous major Boeing aircraft projects including the 707, 727, 767, and 777 and many of these aircraft derivatives. With over 9,000 hours, he has set a number of World Records including the longest flight in a commercial aircraft. Today, Cashman continues working on the 787 program, shaping the future of flight at Boeing and around the world.

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Major Award Winners to be Honored at 

November 7 NAA Fall Awards Banquet

   NAA will present several major awards and recognize recent aviation record setters at the annual NAA Fall Awards Banquet, to be held November 7, 2011 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. Register to attend online by November 1.

The following award presentations are scheduled:

Mark your calendars for Monday, November 7; it promises to be a great evening. Register online or contact for further information.

Public Benefit Flying Awards

Presented at the U.S. Capitol

   The elegant Mike Mansfield Room in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC proved to be an appropriate setting for the National Public Benefit Flying Awards at the "Above and Beyond" Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, September 15, 2011.

Dr. Lewis Young of Angel Flight Central (center) received the Distinguished Volunteer Pilot Award from Rol Murrow (left) and Jonathan Gaffney (right).

   NAA, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, presented the awards.

   "Public Benefit Flying is one of the truly remarkable attributes of the aviation industry we all love so much," said NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney. "It is made up of individuals and groups who not only understand the value and importance of putting their aircraft, knowledge, and skills in service to the benefit

Larry A. Lemke of Wings of Hope (center) received the Distinguished Volunteer Award.

of society and their fellow man and woman, but actually do it every day and every week.

   "Our nation has been blessed by a spirit of volunteerism," added Air Care Alliance Chairman Rol Murrow in his opening remarks. "The world of aviation is no different." On a day when we  just passed the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Murrow noted that the first

plane in the air shortly after the  9/11 tragedy was a flight from

Dick Gooch of Angel Flight Central (center) received the Distinguished Volunteer Award.

the Oklahoma Blood Institute carrying vital blood test

kits and units of blood to the New York City area.

   Air Care Alliance President Lindy Kirkland also noted, "Those pioneers paved the way. This can-do spirit is evident in the awards we are presenting today." He also noted that thousands of other pilots also provided volunteer

humanitarian services using general aviation aircraft

throughout the nation.

Bruce Robin Stoddard (center) and Wright Flight, Inc. received the Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying Award.

  One of the award winners,

Wings of Hope, has even been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. 

   NAA and the Air Care Alliance designed these national awards to recognize the contributions of volunteer-based public benefit flying and the outstanding work of  

individuals and groups engaged in this humanitarian activity.

    NAA thanked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Linda Hall Daschle, the Wolf Aviation

Rhonda Fullerton (center), representing the Citation Special Olympics Airlift, led by
Cessna Aircraft Company, received the Champion of Public Benefit Flying Award.

Fund, and the National Business Aviation Association for their valuable assistance and support of the Public Benefit Flying Awards


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President's Message

A Week of NAA AwardsSmall Jonathan

   While we try to "even out" the NAA workload across the year, there are times when we still hit a very busy window - like a few weeks ago when we selected recipients of four different and unique NAA Awards and bestowed five others in a ceremony.

   On a Tuesday, a Selection Committee of six aviation and aerospace education leaders across America selected the recipient of the Brewer Trophy for Aviation Education. This trophy, first awarded in 1943, is awarded annually to an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States. This year's recipient is the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

   On Wednesday, a panel of six (including two former awardees) selected the recipients of the Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Award. One of the historic and cherished awards at NAA, it was first awarded in 1955 (to Eddie Rickenbacker, Igor Sikorsky, and Godfrey L. Cabot - among others) and this year will be awarded to General Jack Dailey, The Honorable Jim Coyne, John Cashman, and Lenny Potts.

  Thursday evening, at a wonderful reception in the Mike Mansfield Room in the United States Capitol, we were honored to present five Public Benefit Flying Awards to people and organizations who have put their aircraft, their time, and their skills to the benefit of people all across the United States. They represent the very best of our aviation industry.

   On Monday, we convened a panel to select the 2011 Harmon Trophy (Ballooning) recipient. After a good discussion, John Petrehn, the winner of the 2010 World Balloon Championship, was selected as our Harmon awardee.

   And, finally, on the following Wednesday, a group of nine of the most distinguished aviation leaders in our nation convened to selected the recipient of the 2011 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy - one of the most important and historic aviation awards in the world. The recipient is Lieutenant General Tom Stafford, USAF (Ret.) who has been involved in too many aerospace projects and accomplishments to list here.

   When I have the opportunity to speak publically at an event, I always describe our awards program this way: "The awards of the National Aeronautic Association cut across every conceivable aviation leader, accomplishment, and enterprise." And, for a week in September, that was demonstrated very clearly.


Jonathan Gaffney

NAA President and CEO

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Air Sport Organization News

Aeromodeling Proves a Vital Laboratory for

Aeronautic Engineering (and It's Fun, Too!)

   It's been said that the first car race was held as soon as the second car was built.

   The same might be said for aircraft, including model aircraft. Today, competition among model aircraft is alive and well at the headquarters of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in Muncie, Indiana, which hosted both the national and world championships at its 1,100-acre airfield in July and August 2011.

   The headquarters building even looks like an airport, complete with a control tower. The National Model Aviation Museum is also there.

   National Aeromodeling Championships Contest Director Ron Morgan has been running the competition for 51 years. Each summer he spends at least five weeks in Muncie with a staff of five people - this summer he was there 8 weeks because of the world championships.

   More than 1,000 people from around the world compete in the nationals in 120 categories, ranging from "microfilm" aircraft that Morgan says are like "super-thin Saran wrap" to highly detailed scale replicas that can weigh up to 55 pounds.

   The three major competition categories include radio-controlled flying, control line (aircraft fly along wires), and free flight, with many subcategories within each of these. Advances in technology have created many new categories over the years, which has increased participation and lengthened the competition.

   Morgan explains that model aircraft can "do anything a real plane does and more - there are some maneuvers in model acrobatics that you can't do in a large plane." He mentioned aircraft that can rise up from water and "helicopters that can fly upside-down and cut the grass." Others can fly straight down, stop, and then fly straight back up.

Ron Morgan (right), shown here with AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson, has run the National Aeromodeling Championships for 51 years

   "Model plane technology can be a laboratory for real airplanes," he notes. "Many people in this sport go on to work at major companies such as Boeing." Morgan reports that model aircraft developed the concept of moveable rotors on fighter jets.

   AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson adds that the idea of transporting the Space Shuttle on the back of a Boeing 747 was first developed using model aircraft, which proved that it could be done.

   Many model aircraft are powered by lithium ion and lithium ferrous batteries, which makes them nearly silent as they streak across the sky. Nanoplanes that Morgan says are "the size of hummingbirds" have also been developed.

   Morgan sees kids coming to the competition to fly simple planes (which can be purchased for just a few hundred dollars), and says they typically fall away from sport when they go to college, get married, and have families. "Then they come back in their 30s and 40s because they remember how much fun it was," he observes.

   Mike Harrison, a longtime aeromodeling pilot who competed at

Dick Mundee (left) and Mike Harrison (right) are partners in flying their lithium battery-powered model aircraft, which weighs less than 11 pounds.

nationals with his "Visa" aircraft in the precision aerobatics competition (FAI F3A category) with his colleague Dick Mundee says the sport is now dominated by younger people. Both Harrison and Morgan say that video games have given kids strong piloting skills, and pilots can now be trained on flight simulators.

   "When I started competing, everyone built their own planes," Harrison recalls. "I was very competitive in those days. Now it's a different animal. The sport has evolved to where people buy planes from just a few builders. Now kids don't learn as much by not building their own planes."

   Even so, competitors are always looking for an edge and exploring new technologies.

"The greatest thing about aeromodeling is the people I have met and the technologies they are trying to develop," Morgan comments.


EAA Reports on First Manned

Electric-Powered Helicopter Flight

   The Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) reports that electrical and aerospace engineer Pascal Chretien has achieved the first untethered manned electric-powered helicopter flight. In August 2011 Chretien hovered his coaxial design helicopter one meter above the ground for more than two minutes.

helo   Approached by the French automotive research company Solution F to build the helicopter, in 12 months Chretein designed, built, and flew the aircraft, which is powered by lithium batteries and brushless DC motors.

   Chretien chose the coaxial contra-rotating twin-rotor design to save weight and reduce required power output. The design also eliminates the need for a tail rotor, which, according to Chretien, uses 8-10 percent of the power required, especially in a hover.

   Other unique features of the aircraft are the flight controls, which employ a combination of power variation and a mechanical tilt system of the tail fin to control yaw, conventionally inputted through rudder pedals. Chretien steers the craft by using a cyclic control that varies blade angle, while the collective is controlled by an overhead handlebar system that weight-shifts the aircraft beneath the rotating blades.


Balloon Federation of America

Launches Dropline E-Blast

   The Balloon Federation of America (BFA) has launched a monthly e-blast entitled, The Dropline. All BFA members are automatically subscribed, and nonmembers can sign up to receive it free of charge.


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Aero Club News

ACONE Members Get Preview of

Terrefugia Transition Aircraft


Richard Gersh (left) with ACONE President Dan Schrager

   Aero Club of New England (ACONE) members received a private tour on September 10, 2011 at the Terrafugia plant in Woburn, Massachusetts to view the development of the Terrafugia Transition®, which is a Roadable Light Sport Aircraft. The Transition is expected to be available in late 2012.

  The tour was conducted by Richard Gersh, Vice President of Business Development for Terrafugia.  The Transition® combines the unique convenience of being able to fold its wings with the ability to drive on any surface road in a modern personal airplane platform. Stowing the wings for road use and deploying them for flight at the airport is activated from inside the cockpit.

The Terrafugia Transition®

On its website, Terrafugia says the features of the Transition® offer unique functionality that "addresses head-on the issues faced by today's private and sport pilots," which include "uncertain weather, rising costs, and ground transportation hassles on each end of the flight."







 Wichita Aero Club Launches 

 Marketing Campaign with New Logologo




   The Wichita Aero Club (WAC) has launched a marketing campaign that includes a new, updated logo reaffirming Wichita's title as "The Air Capital of the World." With a slogan of "Where Aviation Rules," WAC has unveiled an updated and more modern mark created by the Greteman Group, one of the city's leading advertising and branding agencies. It is designed to be used by aviation and non-aviation firms and organizations, and to express the community's pride in Wichita as the world's leading aviation business center.
   "In 1928, this city was known as the 'Air Capital of the World,' based primarily on the fact that it was home to 16 airplane manufacturers, six engine factories, 11 airports, and a dozen flying schools," notes WAC Executive Director Dave Franson. "By virtue of the volume of airplanes emerging from those plants, there was a basis for civic pride.

    "Prior to the Great Depression, Wichita was manufacturing one-quarter of all the aircraft produced in the United States. Those were heady times. But what makes the claim a reality today is the amazing productivity of the workers and the quality of the products they've manufactured in this city in the 80-plus years since then."   

   WAC has two luncheons coming up. On October 18, Barry Eccleston, President, Airbus, Americas, will speak. On November 7, Chet Fuller, Senior Vice President, Sales,  Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, will speak.


C.E. "Bud" Anderson to Receive

 ACNC Crystal Eagle Award


Bud Anderson during World War II.

      The Aero Club of Northern California (ACNC) will honor WWII Triple Ace C.E. "Bud" Anderson at its Annual Crystal Eagle Banquet on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Hiller Aviation Institute at San Carlos Airport.

    Anderson scored 16.25 aerial victories over German Luftwaffe aircraft while flying the P-51 Mustang "Old Crow'' in the World War II skies of Europe.

   Assigned to the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group at RAF Leiston, England, he became the group's third leading ace. He flew 116 missions without being hit by fire from enemy aircraft and without turning back from any mission.

   In his 30 years of military service, Anderson flew more than 100 types of aircraft, logging more than 7,000 hours flight time. He was a test pilot and chief of fighter operations at Wright Field, chief of flight test operations and deputy director of flight test at Edwards Air Force Base, and served two tours at the Pentagon.

   Anderson commanded three fighter organizations, including the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing in Vietnam in 1970. He retired as a Colonel in 1972, then managed the McDonnell Aircraft Company's flight test facility at Edwards AFB until 1984.

   Anderson co-authored the book, "To Fly & Fight - Memoirs of a Triple Ace'' in 1990. In 2008, he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.


Clay Lacy to Receive Howard Hughes

Award from Aero Club of Southern California


Clay Lacy in the cockpit.

   The Aero Club of Southern California(ACSC) will honor Clay Lacy, a world-renowned pilot with over 50,000 flying hours, with its 33rd annual Howard Hughes Memorial Award. The award will be presented February 8, 2012 at a banquet in Los Angeles. ACSC President Nissen Davis said Lacy was selected by a committee of former recipients of the prestigious award.

    Lacy is Chairman of Clay Lacy Aviation, based at Van Nuys Airport. He is internationally known as an innovator in business flying and aerial photography and currently holds 29 World Aviation Records. He has conducted several philanthropic aviation missions, including a 1988 around-the-world flight in a Boeing 747 that raised $530,000 for children's charities. He also sponsors scholarships each year for pilots and students.

    Previous recipients of the award include Jack Northrop, Chuck Yeager, Kelly Johnson, Neil Armstrong, Bob Hoover, and 27 other distinguished leaders in aviation and aerospace.


Atlanta Aero Club Hosts Luncheon 

 And Tours FlightSafety International 


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AAC Vice President Elaine Weatherby and LeRoy Eley.


      The Atlanta Aero Club(AAC) hosted an August luncheon which featured guest speaker Kirk Thornburg, Vice President, Southwest Airlines. Nearly 100 members and guests listened to Thornburg share the plans for the Southwest Airlines - AirTran integration.  AAC was honored to be joined at the August event by Retired Federal Aviation Administration examiner and Tuskegee Airman LeRoy Eley. 




AAC Board Member Ken Reid in a flight simulator.
   On September 17, 2011, FlightSafety International at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport opened its doors to AAC members. Nearly 40 members attended this event for a facility tour, simulator flying with instructors, and a buffet luncheon.   










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In This Issue
Wright Brothers Trophy
October Luncheon
Frank Brewer Trophy
Elder Statesman Awards
Fall Awards Banquet
Public Benefit Flying Awards
President's Message
Air Sport Organization News
Aero Club News
Membership Meeting Notice
Upcoming Events
Call for Nominations
Featured Member Orgs
Records Claimed
Featured Air Sport Org
NAA Credit Card


Special Notice to Members:

2011 Annual NAA Membership Meeting
NAA hereby notifies all current NAA members that the annual meeting of the membership will be held Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the offices of Hogan Lovells, Columbia Square, 555 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC. All members are invited to attend. Please notify NAA of your attendance by December 6, 2011 by email to  This meeting will be followed immediately by a meeting of the Board of Directors.


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


October Luncheon

Friday, Oct. 28


General Jim Amos

Marine Corps Commandant

Details and Registration 


Fall Awards Banquet

Monday, Nov. 7

Premier Award Presentations

Details and Registration 


December Luncheon

Thursday, Dec. 1


Richard Aboulafia

Aviation Analyst,

Teal Group

Details and Registration 


Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, December 16

Click here for details 


Call for Nominations

Katherine & Marjorie Stinson Award

Nominations close 11/30/11

Awarded to a living woman for an outstanding and enduring contribution, a meritorious flight, or a singular technical development in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space or related sciences.

Click here for details.


This month's featured member

Lockheed Martin

Northrup Grumman

Rolls Royce



Records Claimed
July 1 - August 31, 2011  

FAI 80 



Speed Over a Recognized Course:


Grand Canyon, AZ to Crescent City, CA:  140.49 mph

David N. Ravetti &

Linda M. Ravetti

Class C-1.c, Group I (Internal Combustion)

Mooney M20C

1 Lycoming O-360



Ft. Worth, TX to Branson, MO:   

106.36 mph

Michael Combs

Class C-1.b, Group I (Internal Combustion)

Remos GX

1 Rotax 912



Savannah, GA to Campinas, Brazil:

521.01 mph

Eric S. Parker &

Anthony J. Briotta

Class C-1.l, Group III (Jet)

Gulfstream G550

2 Rolls-Royce BR710



Keflavik, Iceland to Minneapolis, MN:   

217 mph

Travis P. Holland &

Chad  Menne

Class C-1.d, Group II (Turboprop)

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage

1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A





Free Out and Return Distance:  180.56 mi

Valeria F. Paget

Class DW, World Class, Feminine


Waller, TX



Free Distance:  492 mi

William B. Snead

Class DW, World Class, General


Briggs, TX



Free Three Turnpoint Distance:  505 mi

William B. Snead

Class DW, World Class, General


Briggs, TX



Straight Distance

to a Goal:  473 mi

Mark A. Zivley

Class DM1, Motorglider, General

Schempp-Hirth Ventus BT

Waller, TX



Free Triangle Distance:  254 mi

Valeria F. Paget

Class DW, World Class, Feminine


Waller, TX



Free Triangle Distance:  258 mi

Valeria F. Paget

Class DW, World Class, Feminine


Waller, TX





Duration #118(d):

1 min 52 sec

Stan  Buddenbohm

Class F1N, Indoor Glider

Tustin, CA





Distance:  222 meters

Nicholas J. Batsch

Class G-2, Individual Performance, Feminine

Longmont, CO



Distance:  168 meters

Jessica A. Edgeington

Class G-2, Individual Performance, Feminine

Longmont, CO



Speed:  2.3 seconds

Jessica A. Edgeington

Class G-2, Individual Performance, Feminine

Longmont, CO





Duration:  11.4 sec

Judith R. Wexler

Class IE, Rotorcraft, General & Feminine

University of Maryland Gamera

College Park, MD





Speed Over a Triangular Course of 25 km:  31 mph

Blaine  Perkins

Class O-1, Rigid structure, Weight shift, General

Wills Wing RamAir 146

Howe, ID



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