Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on August 10, 1973 · Page 8
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r 8 GoltsbufQ RcQistef'Moil, Gqlesbura Mi, Friday, Aua,10,1973 Monmouth Club Builds Airplane A Pietenpol Aircamp- er, above, built by 10 niem- ben of Experimental Aircraft Association's Chapter 350 at Monmouth, sits in front of a hangar at the Monmouth airport before its maiden flight Wednesday afternoon. The airplane ' cost about $2,200 and took three years to complete. Photo at left shows the pilot's cockpit. Dubbed The Spirit of Monmouth," the plane was flown for the first time by Ted Lambasio, \bingdon, a club member. , 'Spirit of Monmouth' Soars Into Sky After Three Years By WILLIAM CAMPBELL (Staff Writer) It was a little like Kitty Hawk. Except that everybody there was pretty sure it would fly. All but the pilot, who was convinced it would. Storm clouds rumbled in from the west toward the Monmouth Airport Wednesday evening, and for a while it looked as if the maiden voy» age of the "Spirit of Monmouth" would be delayed. About 25 members of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 350 had gathered with their families to watch their Pietenpol Aircamper soar into the air for the first time after literally thousands of hours spent building it. THE WOOD-AND-FABRIC • airplane was pushed back into the hangar as large drops of rain began to pelt the craft and its admirers. . They spent about three years building it, the 10 men , who each have about $200 invested in the project. The Federal.. Aviation Agency issued an airworthiness certificate for it Tuesday, and Wednesday they were going to try it out. One elderly onlooker dubbed the plane "home-built" as opposed to "store-bought." "It's got probably seven hours on the ground — just taxing around," said Bob Lovdahl, one of the builders. "Well, maybe it got this high, (he gestured about three feet) but don't print that. It wasn't supposed too," he added. The plane, a twin-seat, onen cockpit structure neatly painted blue and yellow, looked like it would fly all right. But it never had. THE PILOT, Ted Lambasio, yAbingdon, arrived and was greeted with jokes and friendly accusations. . "Thought you had backed out there, Ted," someone called. Lambasio ' grinned back. "Oh it'll work," he told a reporter. "It's no 172, (Cesna) but it'll work all right." The plane is powered by a 65- horsepower Continental Aircraft engine. It w e i g h s only 655 pounds when empty. The crowd grew to about SO. Outside the hangar several persons peered intently at the stormy sky and were smacked in the eye by intermittent rain drops. "It's going around!," a man shouted as the storm clouds drifted south and the sky in the west began to brighten. It was still raining slightly as Lambasio started to shove the plane out of the hangar. He was joined immediately by a swarm of men and small trays, and they pushed it around the hangar and north to the gasoline pumps, SOMEONE ASKED who would be riding in the front seat which sent newspaper reporters scurrying to the back of the crowd. "I'm afraid we couldn't do that anyway," remarked Ed Shul- theiss, another club member from Abingdon with a stake in the plane. Shultheiss explained t h e plane was approved by the Federal Aviation Agency to fly within a 20-mile radius of Monmouth — carrying only a pilot. After it accumulates "50 hours in the air, another FAA inspection will be required before passengers may ride. FAA representatives looked the craft over before it was covered with cloth and wood. "It's supposed to go about 80 or 90 (mph)," Shut theiss remarked. "I read about a guy who got up to 140 in a dive. But they're not built for that kind of stress." Record Number of Students Enroll for Summer Session A record number of students—505—registered this year for summer classes at Carl Sandburg College, according to Terry Spets, coordinator of records and admissions. Spets said the students were registered for more than 70 courses at mid-term. Male students numbered 255 and females totaled 250. A total of 185 are enrolled in vocational-technical programs, 17 in general studies and 303 are preparing to transer to a senior institution. There are 346 day students and 194 evening students, fhe fact that some students attended both day and evenjng classes accounts for the disparity in figures, Spets explained. Students attending summer classes represent 36 high school districts and 66 college and universities. The plans used to build the "Spirit of Monmouth" were drawn in about 1930. The original models were powered by Model A engines. More than 300 have been constructed. LAMBASIO FINALLY looked at the sky and crawled into the rear seat. Someone handed him a helmet and he taxied across the runway and the grass beyond. Fifteen minutes later he was still taxiing. Back and forth. He came down the runway and the plane hopped into the air. Then he brought it down and turned around. He did that twice more. "That's a test pilot for you," the pilot's father, Francis Lambasio, remarked. "They take forever and you get mad at them. But they know what they're doing." The elder Lambasio gave a running account of what his son was doing with the plane and why. WHEN THE SMALL craft finally jumped off the runway and began to climb, they cheered. "They feel good. They should, that's three years' work up there," a man said looking at the little plane several hundred feet abov« a cornfield. It looked small and fragile as Lambasio banked left and began a long circle back to the north end of the runway. Francis Lambasio said he tried to discourage his son from flying a long time ago. It started with model airplanes for the younger Lam­ basio who "just wanted to fly," according to his father. And he couldn't be discouraged. He came by it all naturally enough. His dad once built a full-sized airplane and covered the tail section with Katzenjammer Kids comic papers. "The Spirit of Monmouth" was circling now over Memorial Cemetery northwest of the field. "I GOT A cousin about right there. Buried there. "He was a captain — a B-47 pilot, so that's a bad spot. He went down in World War II . . ., " said Francis Lam­ basio. But the "Spirit of Monmouth" came in and landed. Then it took off, circled and landed again. It was still raining as Lambasio taxied the craft around the hangar. There are many banks. But in any area only one is really "the bank". It is the bank which is the most progressive. In this area First National is the bank. We are the bank which first offered free checking to all — individuals/ businesses, organizations. We are the bank which offers you Certificates of Deposit for as little as $1 DO so you can save like a millionaire. We are the bank with both bank cards— Bank Americard and Master Charge. We are the bank with the most professional farm department and trust department. We are the bank that most actively tries to make savings, loans, and banking services convenient to you. We are "the bank" because we want to be and strive to be. "The Bank" is not just a slogan. It is an ideal. A standard. A goal. From this day forth we will call ourselves The Bank. Not only to remind you. But to keep it always before us. If we ever fail to measure up — we hope you will tell us — and if need be, command us to remove the words from our signature. THE IBJ^ISIKl! First National First CalMbura National Bank ft Truit / EiUbllihtd 1863 / Mtmbtr F.D.I.C.

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