The Aero-TV Team -- Jim, Tom, Paul, Sarah, Nathan,
The 'Other' Jim, Laura, Kristen, Birgit, and
Anjin, had an
week debuting our new LIVE Aero-Streaming initiatives at the
incomparable 2010 Aircraft Electronics Association 53rd Annual
Tradeshow and Convention. We produced and
delivered Four really great programs over the course of Three days
and are getting rave reviews from all we meet and talk
BUT... we're beat, we're trashed, we're (at best)
semi-conscious, we're wiped out, and we really need a break. SO...
excuse us for a few extra days as we offer up some of the VERY BEST
classic episodes of Aero-TV and try to rest up and remember who we
are, where we live, and where we parked the plane...
--Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C
Addison Pemberton is no stranger to rare aviation
restorations. Having learned to fly at the age of 15,
Pemberton spent most of his adolescent years surrounded by
exceptional antique aircraft including Howards, Travel Airs, Wacos,
It was, however, one particular vintage aircraft that captured
his fascination over the years, the Boeing 40. As a child,
Pemberton heard stories of his father’s own adolescent
aviation experiences, listening to the Boeing 40s flying over the
family’s Iowa farm.
Situated underneath the transcontinental mail route of the 1920s
and 1930s, the farm had a front-row seat to the development of
Boeing’s commercial success.
The dream of completing a Boeing 40 restoration never left
Pemberton’s mind; however, after years of searching for a
viable project, known were found. Only 82 Boeing 40 models
were built, and of those, most had either been scrapped or
Only two remained in existence, both museum displays and neither
of which able to fly. The only other source was one of local
legend, a Pacific 23 mail transport that crashed into the side of
Canyon Mountain on October 2, 1928; after nearly 70 years, however,
the crash site had long been forgotten.
Finally, in 1993, Ron Bartley, resident geologist for the Oregon
Aviation Historical Society, uncovered the site location.
Bartley, along with other society volunteers, tediously hauled the
more than 200 parts and pieces down from the mountainside in the
hopes of restoration.
After the project was sold to Pemberton, he and 61 volunteers
spent more than 18,000 meticulous hours, spanning over nine years,
bringing the Boeing 40C back to its original glory.
The aircraft is now the only flying example of Boeing’s
first commercial airplane and crucial key to the company’s