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From the Archives: October 2012

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In October 1962 we saw an interesting development, perhaps the start of recognition of the international visitors flying clubs coming to the EAA fly-in convention while it was still being held at Rockford, Illinois.

According to an article in 1962: "An international look was given to the convention as a large group of European enthusiasts and members chartered an airplane and came to the fly-in. Two clubs, The Popular Flying Association of England and the Reseau de Sport de L'Aire of France, were officially represented. They added much by their presence and exchange of ideas, customs, and materials that differ between the two continents."

For more information and to read the complete article, go to page 46 of the October 1962 issue of Sport Aviation.

It's also fascinating to see photos of apparently all 217 of the aircraft that attended. Obviously this is a luxury that can no longer be afforded, or is it, in these days of low- or no-cost digital photography? It must have been great knowing that if you could get there you'd not only have the opportunity to buy the T-shirt, but you'd also see your ride in the pages of the October issue of Sport Aviation.

In these relatively early days for amateur aircraft builders and aviation aficionados, it's interesting to see clubs reaching out to each other. The focus of this article was a thank-you to all those groups who helped make the fly-in a success (along with the two clubs mentioned above):

   The OX5 Club
   Air Mail Pioneers of America
   American Aviation Historical Society
   National Pilots Association
   Professional Race Pilots Association
   9506th Air Force Recovery Squadron
   Air Scouts
   Antique Aircraft Association
   Soaring Society of America
   Midwest Waco Club
   Rockford Amateur Radio Association

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