The president and founder of Golden Age Air
Museum, Paul Dougherty Jr., puts the museum’s
original Curtiss JN-4D Jenny through its paces.
This restored airplane’s paint scheme represents
famous barnstormer and Hollywood pilot Earl S.
Daugherty’s aircraft. Photo by Tim Haggerty.
This gorgeous, 1/3-scale Fokker Dr.I was built by Dave West from a
Glenn Torrance Models kit. The detail in this model is astounding and
representative of Dave’s craftsmanship. Photo by Kenny Lisle.
Hosted by the Tri-County Sky Barons of Mifflintown,
Pennsylvania, open flying on Friday and the two weekend days
allowed modelers to experience flight at a beautiful field, with
clear approaches surrounded by the aura of an airfield from out
of the 1920s and ’30s. The hangars and airplanes of the Golden
Age Air Museum are available to the modelers and spectators
for their perusal when a break from the flightline is needed.
Although the 2011 meet was nearly a washout, many
modelers and airplanes turned out for the 2012 event. That
year also saw the attendance of a 1/2-scale Fokker Eindecker, a
1/2-scale Sopwith Pup, a 1/2-scale J- 3, the gorgeous five-cylinder,
radial-powered Fleet Finch built by Andy Philipczak, and the
inaugural flight of Larry Alles’ giant, immaculate Cessna 140.
Almost as an apology for the previous year, 2012 provided
blue skies, decent winds, and three days of enjoyable flying. It
featured the biggest crowd of pilots and spectators to date at the
The quality of models was high. Larry and Andy were
back and Rick Andres came out with a gorgeous new civilian
paint job on his Ziroli Staggerwing. Dave West brought his
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The business end of Andy Philipczak’s Fleet Finch. It’s powered by a
Saito Engines 325 five-cylinder radial engine. Lisle photo.
immaculate 1/3-scale Glenn Torrance Models Fokker Dr.I.
Among other notable aircraft were a Giant Scale de Havilland
D.H. 4, an Avro 504C, and a 1/2-scale Nieuport 11.
Saturday’s planned midday demonstration hit a hitch when
the weather was too rough to fly the full-scale Fokker Dr.I and
Rumpler C.V replica. Fortunately, the full-scale Curtiss Jenny,
Sopwith Pup, and Great Lakes 2T-1A were able to fly and put
on a 3-D aerobatics demonstration before the field was opened
again to model flying.
Because the triplane was unable to fly during the noon air
show, after the wind died down on Saturday evening, Paul
Dougherty Jr., Tom Beamer, and I put on an air show featuring
the museum’s Rumpler C.V replica, the Sopwith Pup, and the
Le Rhône-powered Fokker triplane.
The museum has developed an aerial battle sequence that
simulates a WW I battle between an observation airplane and
two fighters. As the Rumpler flies by on its observation mission,
the Sopwith Pup (painted in the markings of Lt. James Alpheus
Glen, a 15-victory ace in the Royal Navy Air Service) dives in to