Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2018 issue
The American Barnstormers Tour landed its vintage aircraft in five Midwest states in July 2018. Founders Clay Adams and Rob Lock brought as many as 25 pilots and aircraft to Jefferson City, Missouri; Ames, Iowa; Watertown, South Dakota; Brainerd, Minnesota; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, wrapping up with a stop at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
This year’s tour highlighted Travel Air biplanes. Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna, and Lloyd Stearman founded the Travel Air Manufacturing Co. in Kansas in 1925, along with Walter Innes Jr. and William R. Snook.
The American Barnstormers Tour celebrates aviation history, seeks to draw communities to their local airports, and offers the general public flight experiences in vintage aircraft.