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Aircraft parking was managed by a committee of Joseph Judge Sr., chairman, Wayne Grim, Lewis E. Emery, Harold E. Wagner, Harry Miller, Kelly Showers, William E. R. Watt, Robert Hayer, William Powell, Kenneth Heller, Wayne Sargent, and James Hums.  Six members of Explorer Post # 194, sponsored by the Pottstown AOPA, also assisted at the event.  Official pictures were taken by Glenn Holcombe. 

Limerick Fire Company had its equipment on the field on a standby basis to furnish protection in case of an emergency. 
   The all-important cooks were George Neiffer, Bob Eppehimer from Radio WPAZ, Arden and Betty Clark. The stoves were managed by Douglas W. Binder, Robert Fern, and Melvin Brunk. Scrambled eggs were cooked by Dawn Boldaz, Jean Updegrove, Betty Clemens, Mary Jane Emery, Marshall Busby, Paul Boldas Jr., and John Yingst. 
   Waiters and waitresses were Ann Judge, Joan Kook, John Kook, Jim Plummer of Radio WPAZ, Marryette C. Jordan, Donald Clemens, Dorothy Miller, Reginald J. Ryberg, Daniel L. Gerges, Gloria Hayer, Nancy Bailey, and Donald Bailey. In charge of sodas were Irvin Slifer and Grace Vining.  William J. Weiss, John R. Flynn, Frank Lawrence, Andy Wargo and Le Roy Updegrove took care of brewing the coffee, and coffee was sold to the non-breakfast visitors by Frank and Dolly Timmons.  Tables and chairs were loaned by the Limerick Fire Company. 
   Plates and eating utensils were passed out by Paul and Sarah Miller. Trash removal was handled by James Fulton, William and Sidney Pollock.  Ticket sales were managed by Eileen and Dennis Reider.  A display of new and used aircraft was arranged by Paul Mitchell and Andrew R. Wargo.  Richard H. Geiger,  John A. Yingst and Bob Eppehirner took care of the public address system and announced winners of more than 50 door prizes which had been donated. 
   The publicity committee was composed of Paul Heintz from the Evening Bulletin, Muriel Lichtenwalner, editor of the Reporter; Dolly Smith , editor of the Guardian, and Frank Warner of the Mercury staff. 
   The local club has 208 members, with 68 privately-owned planes.  Gabby Renninger's greatest desire is to promote the love of flying and to do something for his community. Once again he's accomplished both of his goals. 
   Congratulations, Gabby, and we look forward to your 27th Fly-In Breakfast next September! 

Chapter 4  

Keep 'Em Flying!  

In October 1953 the Pottstown Aircraft Owners & Pilots club took two memorable flights.  There were 17 planes and 53 club members on the club's first flight to Dover Air Force Base. This was something everyone told Gabby couldn't be done, but he went to Dover months before the flight and cleared away all the red tape. The planes landed on the field and members toured the base facilities.  Gabby had dinner in the mess hall for only 60 cents. 
   The second flight took them on a Civil Air Patrol mission which involved landing on the Parkway in Philadelphia. With 10 airplanes and 22 members, the Pottstown club was the first to land and help evacuate hospital equipment. 
   On December 13 of that same year PAOP was the first flying club to land at the new Philadelphia international Airport, before it was opened for commercial air traffic.  There were 12 planes and 28 people on that flight and members were the guests of Vic Dalin in the new airport restaurant. 
   Four days later, on December 17, the club took its first annual Wright Brothers Flight, with 9 planes and 15 members.  Gabby remembers that it was extremely cold that day and that Radio Station WPAZ in Pottstown carried it live. 

The Kitty Hawk Flyer Story 

The Wright Brothers had first flown their history-making plane 852 feet in 59 seconds in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. 
   Earlier that year Samuel Pierpont Langley, then Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. had tried and failed to get his plane in the air. In 1914 the Langley plane was reconstructed, modified, and piloted by Glenn Curtiss. As a result of a serious error in judgment, the Langley plane was placed in the Smithsonian and labeled "the first man-carrying aeroplane in the history of the world capable of sustained free flight". 
   The situation did not go unnoticed by Orville Wright, who insisted that "a correction of history by the Smithsonian was essential."  Meantime, after a brief period of display in the United States, Orville Wright took the Kitty Hawk Flyer to England in 1928, where it was displayed the South Kensington museum.  There it stayed until 1948, the year Orville died. 
   Charles G. Abbot, who became Smithsonian Secretary in 1928, wrote reports on the controversy in 1928 and 1942.  Finally, he authorized a change in the label on the Langley plane.  After that it read: "The original Samuel Langley Flying Machine of 1903, restored." 
   Orville Wright had received a copy of the 1942 Smithsonian report which read in part: "If the publication of this paper should clear the way for Dr. Wright to bring back to America the Kitty Hawk machine to which all the