Ralph O. Helgeby Chapter 77

Flushing, MI

3JZ Jerry Zerbe's project 1958 Aeronca 7EC being completed by EAA 77

 JERRY AND LEE AT WORKI CAN'T SEE YOUSOME OF THE CREW AT WORK?...HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET IT OUT OF HERE?KATE ZERBE AND SOME OF THE CREW ON ENGINE START DAY 05/06/2016THE CHIEF (TERRY PENDER) TAXIS 3JZ FOR THE FIRST TIME

Karl and Dollie Bambas' RV 7

 Follow his progress on their website: http://bambas.com/

Dennis Bow's Piper L18-C Super Cub

Originally sold by the US to France in 1951 and last Registered in Belgium as 00-DFS. Belgian Civil Aircraft Registry was cancelled June 14th, 2007.

This aircraft is registered in the United States as N1637D.

The Model PA18 is the same as the L18-C except that a transparent enclosure in the rear of the passenger area is replaced by fabric. 

Information received from Jan Schotmans, of the Aviation Society of Antwerp, Belgium, this plane was originally sent to the French Alat in April of 1952 (used as a reconnaissance plane) to fly during the Algerian conflict.  In 1971, it was sold and used at the Didac Flying School until August 3, 1978 when the Airworthiness Certificate expired.  Since that date, the place was dismantled and stored in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The airplane was stored for several years at Finmere (UK). 

 

 

Larry Callie's RANS

Waiting for pictures

Jake Carmer's Sonerai ll  (just beginning)

Kevin Curtis's Airplane?

Awaiting photo

Dave Detman's Citabria

Awaiting photos

Mike Goulet's RV 7A

 

 

At long last it's done...Having fun in my RV..     http://youtu.be/fBbqq5wM5WA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBbqq5wM5WA&feature=youtu.be

Chuck Morris's Bearhawk 4 Passenger

Terry Pender's 1946 Aeronca 7AC Rebuild of N82421

 

 

  Terry says: "Its time to go flying)

 

 

The story of N77FJ

Father John "The Flying Priest"

 

Father John MacGillivray was priest from the fishing village of Arisaig in Nova Scotia.  He became friends with members of Chapter 77 from his involvement with the annual efficiency race sponsored by AC Spark Plug in the 1950’s.  This race originated in Flint and ended in Oshkosh.  He would visit Michigan twice per year: once for the AC event and once for the annual EAA Chapter 77 Banquet where he would often stay with Ed and Dorris Pruett.  On occasion he would celebrate Mass at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.  He was the Chaplain for the National EAA and became a member of Chapter 77.


He donated a total of five aircraft in his lifetime: Two are in the National Air Museum in Canada, two went to the national EAA and one – a 1941 Taylorcraft BC-12D (N77FJ) - to the Chapter 77 flying club.  He purchased the T-Craft as a project, which our chapter rebuilt and recovered.  However, when he attempted to return it to Canada they refused to grant him a Canadian certification.  So, he brought the plane back to Dalton, leaving there for a about a year at which point he just donated it to the Chapter – the year was 1962. 

In 1986 the secretary of EAA77 (Al Lancaster) formed a separate, non-profit flying club and named it Father John in honor of the "flying priest" who had been so generous to the chapter.  After about three years the members decided to expand the club so seven members contributed $500 each to purchase a Tri-Pacer.  The club later expanded to three airplanes with the purchase of a Cherokee.

Father John passed away from emphysema in 1995.   

More history on Fr. John and his donation of a Tigermoth to the EAA can be found at the 
Airventure Museum Collection.

 

 

 

 

N77FJ - 1941 Taylorcraft BC-12D

Rebuilding and Restoring 77FJ - Getting statted

Dan Willoughby's RV-6 Dash Rebuild

Waiting for pictures

Kevin Martin's RV-10

Waiting for pictures

Contact Us

President: Jake Carmer

 Location: Flushing MI 48433

 Email: eaa77president@gmail.com

Web Master: webmanat77@yahoo.com

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