Gathering of Eagles
Fly-In 2007
Gardner, Kansas
If there is anyplace a WWI affectionado should
be Father's Day weekend, it is at this replica
fly-in!  About 15 vintage replica warbirds and
their pilots gathered to fly, eat, fly, talk, fly,
make friends and fly.  Did I say fly?  Someone
was in the air all the time, the flights were
unscheduled.  Whenever the air was clear
another pilot took to the air to thrill the crowd
with their "high speed" passes, formation flight
and just general
crowd-pleasing fly-bys.  .
The Kansas City Dawn Patrol
smokes the skies over Paul
Fiebich's (a.k.a. AirBike Ace)
WWI wannabe fighter.
Emporia (EMP) is a convenient gas
stop only 90 miles from Derby, KS
after a refreshing flight over the Flint
Hills.  Don Tevis manages this
airport and does a fine job.  My
stop was timely; he invited me to
participate in the monthly pilot's
steak fry!
Dawn Patrol pilots, Dick Starks (L) and Mark Pierce (R) strut their stuff
(smoke).  Watching these planes fly in formation is a thrill you have to withness
to enjoy.
Fokker Eindecker (one wing) III
produced by Airdrome Aeroplanes
of Holden, MO. was a beautiful
example of craftsmanship and
detailing..

Although not as successful as other
Fokker designs it was the first
warplane to use a synchronized
machine gun firing through the
propeller arc and between the
blades.

The original Eindecker used wing
warping instead of ailerons.
Marvin Berk of Louisberg,
KS built and flew this
beautiful Spad XIII replica.  
Complete with star emblem
wheel covers, exhaust pipes,
camouflage paint and military
markings.

You will see more of Marvin
and his remarkable replica at
other Kansas fly-ins
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