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"Cavalcade of Wings" Display at the

Albuquerque Sunport International Airport

The "Cavalcade of Wings" display at the Albuquerque Sunport features aircraft of every type that have either been based at Albuquerque, or historical aircraft that have transited through Albuquerque. The very large display (19 cases) is in a prominent area of the airport, and residents and visitors alike are exposed to the scale modeling hobby.  There are currently 900 models on display, with a total of 1300 aircraft cataloged.  Pictures, patches and military badges associated with the models are also on display.  Additionally, there are displays on aviation books by local authors and aviation historians.

ASM members support the  "Cavalcade of Wings" by building models for display, repairing models, and participating in periodic cleanings of the display.  The curator of the collection, Mr. Harry Davidson, is a member of ASM, and five ASM members are on the Cavalcade of Wings Executive Board. 

 

The Cavalcade of Wings (CoW) website is now up and running.  Check it out  here.   The CoW URL is:  www.albcow.com

 

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ASM Support to Cavalcade of Wings Model Display

By Mike Blohm

ASM members Mark Vaughn and Mike Blohm set up and manned the Cavalcade of Wings' model display at the Durand Open Spaces celebration on May 10th, 2014.  The event was called "Soaring the South Valley: A Celebration of Birds and Planes" and was a rededication of the 1999 sale of land that was formerly the home of Westernair of Albuquerque to preserve it as "open space."  Dick Durand Jr. formed Westernair Flying Service in 1955 and in 1959 it became Westernair of Albuquerque.  The business included a 1,850 foot long grass airstrip called the "Pea Patch" as part of its operations.  Now known as Westernair Inc, it has been in business for over 50 years and is run by his son Dickie Durand III.  The business rebuilt aircraft and restored classic airplanes, and in the process brought flight to the South Valley of Albuquerque.  The business eventually expanded to the West Mesa Airport, and power lines installed in the early 1980's made the airstrip no longer functional for landings.  After the airstrip was closed the property (10 acres) became agricultural land.  The airstrip's location and some of the hangar buildings/shops are still visible in the Open Space area. 

The event included a display of gliders by the Albuquerque Soaring Association, a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) color guard for the opening ceremony, lots of model glider flying, the Cavalcade of Wings' (CoW) model display, a host of displays by nature-related organizations including some live predator birds (peregrine falcon, owl and kestrel), guided bird-sighting walks, and a fly-by near the end of the event. 

The CoW model display consisted of two tables with about 28 models that had been borrowed from CoW displays at the Kirtland AFB control tower or from storage.  There were several models of aircraft that had been based at the Durand air field, including a Cessna that turned out to have the very serial number and CAP markings that had been painted on it by Westernair.  See the picture with the hangar behind it where the real aircraft had probably been painted.  Lots of people came by to ask about the models and the CoW display at the airport.  Handouts on both the CoW and ASM were passed out to the visitors.  Hopefully we will get some of those folks to come visit an ASM meeting.  The Durand Open Space is located at 4750 Isleta Blvd SW. 

 

 

ASM Assists Cavalcade of Wings Display

by Mike Blohm

   Members of the Albuquerque Scale Modelers club assisted the Cavalcade of Wings (CoW) on Saturday, 26 September 2009 in the pack up of approximately 175 models at the Albuquerque Sunport international airport.  The airport is going to do some expansion construction in an area that will demolish a wall that currently contains five CoW display cases.  The airport plans to build another free-standing “triangle” of cases - like the one there now – in the next few months.  The group worked from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM to empty the cases.  The models were all packed in separate zip-lock bags and packed into boxes marked for each originating case and shelf.  See pictures below.  The boxes were stored at the airport.  Thanks to Fred Franceschi for organizing and leading the effort, and to the following individuals that came out to help.  ASM: Glenn Bingham, Mike Blohm, Fred Franceschi, Josh Pals, and John Tribou.  Albuquerque Rocket Model Society: Jerry Cross.  Sante Fe Scale Modelers: Frank Hopack.  Lots of people transiting the airport stopped by to inquire what we were doing, and they all mentioned how much they enjoyed viewing the model displays.  Additional pictures of the display are available on the Cavalcade of Wings page

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ASM Assists Cavalcade of Wings

"Spring Cleaning"

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The Cavalcade of Wings display at the Albuquerque Sunport Airport was assisted by ASM volunteers to help with the "Spring Cleaning" effort which took place on Saturday, 19 February.  Thanks to those that helped-out!

 

 

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