“You stopped making ’em after this honey!”

CHW-Waco-Signed-Photo

Chet signed this photo of his WACO ZQC-6.  He loved this plane but evidently they’re subsequent designs didn’t suit him; his next one was a Howard DGH-15.

More information about Chet’s WACO is here.  My thanks to Audrey Gibbons for furnishing this photograph.

Earl Steinhauer and the Fairchild C-119

Probably the closest friend my grandfather had during his aviation adventure was J. Earl Steinhauer, an important figure in American aviation in his own right.  After World War II he was the Assistant General Manager of Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, Maryland.  One of the aircraft they produced was the C-119 “Flying Boxcar” which saw service in both Korea and Vietnam.  Below are some sketches of the plane, a couple with Earl’s name on them.

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My thanks to Robert Nowakowski for furnishing these images.