BY SPARKY BARNES SARGENT
The annual invitational Antique Airplane Association (AAA) fly-in every Labor Day weekend is a closely-held tradition for hundreds of aviators. Through the years, it has evolved into an exciting-yet-relaxing “old home week” — providing a respite from the frenetic pace of the world. It’s a terrific place to see antique, vintage (including homebuilts), and classic airplanes, and have the opportunity to visit with their respective caretakers.
AAA was founded in 1953 by Bob Taylor, and the annual fly-ins were held at Ottumwa and Oskaloosa, Iowa, through the 1960s. In 1971, the fly-ins moved to Blakesburg, where Taylor owned a grass strip.
This year, at least 340 airplanes flew into the field to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the fly-in’s first year at Antique Airfield. As a special highlight, Monocoupes were showcased, with a dozen displayed on the flight line, plus a Mullicoupe (pictured below). Monocoupe models on the flight line included the Monoprep, 113, 110, 110 Special, 90AW, and 90AL.