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Mystery Plane

Unknown Antique Homebuilt Glider


We need your help to identify an antique homebuilt glider.

Jon Aldridge came across an old photograph of an interesting glider that has piqued his curiosity. Nothing seems to be known about the glider, but it appears to have possibly been built by Tony Schwamm of Anchorage, Alaska. He was a fairly prominent pilot in Alaska during the late 1930s and 1940s. As with so much of Alaskan history, it appears that Schwamm also had a Seattle tie.

The glider is a complete unknown, but based on other photos of Tony Schwamm, it appears to be him sitting in the unfinished craft. The gull wings and twin tail are completely unique in what appears to be a single-seat glider design. It’s not known if he designed or built it or was just posing in it in front of his hangar in Petersburg, Alaska.

George S. “Tony” Schwamm was born August 31, 1902, inCalifornia. He flew as a Hollywood stunt pilot in Howard Hughes’ Hell’s Angels. Tony came to Petersburg, Alaska, in 1937 and founded Petersburg Air Service, which flew into Juneau. He was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II. Tony moved to Anchorage in 1949 and was first director of aviation for the territory. In addition, he served as a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention. He also became manager of Anchorage International Airport and was Anchorage postmaster in 1963.

Tony died of natural causes in Alaska in February of 1966.His wife lived to a ripe old age of 101, passing away in California in 2005.

If you have any information about this plane, please let the following people know.

Phil Graves, EAA 832518, gravesauda@hotmail.com
Raul Blacksten,raulb@earthlink.net
Jon Aldridge, Jonscarab@aol.com

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