Bowman Field Fly-in

Resplendent Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 4000 (NC6005, c/n 534) from 1928.
Resplendent Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 4000 (NC6005, c/n 534) from 1928.

The 30th annual Bowman Field Fly-in was held on August 27th and 28th. I visited the event on the first day. Bowman Field (B10) is a small grass strip in Central Maine in the town of Livermore Falls.

There were dozens of interesting aircraft visiting, from a 1928 Travel Air (see photo) through 1940s Aeroncas and Cubs to more modern variety. I am definitely visiting this event again next year.

I shot 300+ photographs during the couple of hours I was there. Here are some examples.

Piper J3C-65 Cub (N98503, c/n 18707)
Piper J3C-65 Cub (N98503, c/n 18707)
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Cessna 140 (N2709N, c/n 12967)
Aeronca 7CCM Champion (N2053E, c/n 7AC-5623) from 1946.
Aeronca 7CCM Champion (N2053E, c/n 7AC-5623) from 1946.
Representing the more modern aircraft: Cubcrafters Carbon Cub SS (N242WW, c/n CC11-00324)
Representing the more modern aircraft: Cubcrafters Carbon Cub SS (N242WW, c/n CC11-00324)

Mishap

At about 11:40 am I witnessed a landing accident: A 1948 Cessna 195 (N4352V, c/n 7261) rolled over after touching down. The aircraft was damaged, but luckily the pilot and his passenger were unhurt except for some scratches. Flying was suspended until about 1 pm when the runway was cleared and flying could resume.

Cessna 195 (N4352V, c/n 7261) after rolling over.
Cessna 195 (N4352V, c/n 7261) after rolling over.
Damage to the tail, rear fuselage and wingtip can be seen.
Damage to the tail, rear fuselage and wingtip can be seen.

Some of My Favorite Aircraft

I think my two favorite aircraft at the event were a 1970 Champion 7GCAA Citabria (N9058L, c/n 220-70) owned by the Down East Emergency Medicine Institute and used for search flights, and a 1955 Cessna 170B Businessliner. The former had a neat “Search & Rescue” color scheme; the latter was in pristine condition with original interior, and the owner even showed me the original owner’s manual.

Cessna 170B Businessliner (N3502D, c/n 27045) from 1955.
Cessna 170B Businessliner (N3502D, c/n 27045) from 1955.
N3502D taking off.
N3502D taking off.
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Champion 7GCAA Citabria (N9058L, c/n 220-70) of the Down East Emergency Medicine Institute.
N9058L taking off.
N9058L taking off.
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