1:30PM Saturday May 23rd - Ben Scott and Addison Pemberton - The Reenactment of the 1920 Transcontinental Air Mail Flight
Ben Scott and Addison Pemberton speak on the Reenactment of the 1920 Transcontinental Air Mail Flight from JFK to SFO
Addison Pemberton grew fond of old airplanes while growing up in San Diego California. His family aircraft was based at Gillespie field filled with antique airplanes owned mostly by PSA and American airline pilots. Addison started flight training in the family Cessna 170B with missionary pilot and family CFI friend at 15 years old in 1969 and soloed at 16 and worked up through private, INST, COM, SEL, MEL, SES, CFI and A&P ratings as fast as time and money would allow.
Addison finished college in 1976 and started work as an engineer in the family flight test and wind tunnel instrumentation business Scanivalve Corp. He started buying up duster Stearman parts and old airplane projects with half of every pay check through out the late 1970s and 1980's. With a few Stearman projects under his belt and other fun old airplanes, a search for an antique airplane with historical significance began. This lead to a 1931 Stearman Sr Speedmail which flies today. This period of time also planted the seed for the Boeing 40 project.
Addison has acquired over 10,000 flying hours with over 5000 behind radial engines and over 9600 in tail wheel aircraft. He enjoys giving flight instruction in the "old stuff" and has had the privilege of teaching wife (of 26 years) Wendy and two sons along with countless friends to fly safely over the last 30 years. He currently operates a collection 6 antique and older aircraft as well as an aircraft restoration facility as a side hobby from Felts field in Spokane Washington.