AAA Founder Robert Taylor Receives EAA Founder's Award at Blakesburg
September 10, 2009 — Antique aircraft fans gathered near Ottumwa, IA for the Antique Aircraft Association (AAA) National Fly-In at Blakesburg (IA27) last week to celebrate the aircraft they love best and to honor one of their own. Robert L. Taylor founded the AAA as well as the Air Power Museum (APM) and has shepherded both organizations to this day. To recognize Taylor’s long service in promoting grassroots aviation, another founder, EAA’s Paul Poberezny, stopped by to present Taylor with a surprise honor: The EAA Founder’s Award.
“I have had a close relationship with Paul since the early days.” Taylor said. “I have always appreciated that whenever there was a problem, Paul was there for me. It impressed me that Paul answered every letter, and he still does.”
Founded in 1953, the AAA is as old as the EAA and this year’s turn-out showed that the organization has many dedicated members. The 5-day event was centered around the APM; a nostalgic venue that featured talks about radial engines, an overflowing fly-mart, a wedding, an evening classic movie, and plenty of outdoor seating to watch the wide collection of vintage aircraft that flew in, out and around.
Attendees gathered all day long in front of the Pilot’s Pub to watch a parade of antique aircraft favorites including Wacos, Howards, a pair of Culver Cadets, a Laird Swallow, and a Rearwin Cloudster. EAA Founder Paul Poberezny said, "Appearing before a very large audience of AAA and EAA members, it was an honor to present the EAA Founders Award to AAA Founder Bob Taylor."
Visit www.antiqueairfield.com for photos of this year’s fly-in