Taylorcraft Daze

The history, diary, thoughts, and opinions of an Iowa Taylocraft pilot. The postings will be heavy in the areas of flying Taylorcraft Aircraft, Formation Flying, Flights throughout the Great United States, and other flying activities.

Sunday, January 15, 2006


The annual Independence 145th Annual 4th of July Parade was officially started with a huge aerial bomb blast immediately followed by a five “Vee” Taylorcraft Formation Flight Group originating from the west and passing overhead to the east down main street. The formation then circled to the right and proceeded north over Second Avenue to the Buchanan County Fairgrounds. The Grand Marshall and the award winning Independence High School Marching Band lead the parade. The parade is excellent, and one of the very best in northeast Iowa. The parade itself continues for over two hours generally running from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The participants include: corporate, small business, and private individuals. The displays include a variety of very huge vehicles representing the industry, farming, organization floats, equestrians, automobiles, politicians, and walking groups.

Following the Parade be sure to take in the superb Independence Day Celebration music, entertainment for adults and kids, great food and refreshments, and the most exceptional fireworks display you will experience anywhere in Iowa. Fireworks over the Wapsipinicon River River is a great way to round out your Fourth of July celebration in Independence.

Now, back to the formation group which has a membership of eight owner / pilots with like aircraft. The group joins up at the Independence Municipal Airport (IIB) from individual bases at Cedar Rapids, Marion, Monona, Lansing, Roscoe, IL; Akron, OH; and Cuba City, WI. The group has been flying formation together since 2002 with some members logging well over 100 hours of formation flying time.

Several of the Vintage Aircraft are Oshkosh, Wisconsin, “AirVenture” award winners. Two have received the Charles Lindbergh Bronze “Lindy” Trophy. These 1945 to 1946 Vintage Aircraft are in the two-place category, with 65 to 85 horsepower engines, flying at 90 to 105 miles per hour, with a range of 350 to 450 miles.

For a close up look at the aircraft, dine out at the Pizza Ranch and choose a table near the north wall. You may also view many of these aircraft by their “N” numbers on the internet. Just go to Captain Jon’s Taylorcraft Hanger and choose Photo Album 1976 –2004, then search by their individual “N” numbers: Lee, N39911; Jim, NC94953; Elmer, N96841; Joe, N39223; and Mike, N22606.

N39911 is also displayed on the west wall of Bills Pizza and Smoke House diagonally across from the historic Old Mill located on the west bank of the Wapsipinicon River.


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