Chapter 237

Anoka County Airport, Blaine, MN

Chapter Projects/Activities

Our chapter has several on-going projects and activities that keep us busy during the year.  Our chapter volunteers and pilots are proud to do their part in promoting aviation to the general public and to be involved in the community.  Click on the following for more information.

    Tree of Hope Event

    EAA B-25 Restoration Project

    EAA Weeks Hangar Work Parties

    EAA Weekend Work Parties

    Pedal Plane Fleet

    Youth Activities

Tree of Hope Event

Each December our chapter volunteers and pilots support Tree of Hope - MN to collect toys and gifts for children who are in the hospital over the holidays. 

Tree of Hope was started in 1990 by Ray and Celeste Shefland who noticed that there were many children that spent time in the hospital over the holidays. Some of them were dealing with a major or terminal illness, some recovering from surgery or an accident. Many of them were far from home and missing their families and friends. Aviation groups and enthusiasts collect toys or money to purchase toys, and bring them to a collection site the first Saturday in December. Here the toys are sorted and bagged to be sent to hospitals across Minnesota. The parties and gifts help the children to forget their fears and pain and just be a child for a few hours.  Click on the tree for more info on Tree of Hope - MN.

Here is a picture of our 2015 Tree of Hope pilots and volunteers getting ready to load up the airplanes and head out to the marshaling/exchange site.  Click on the picture for additional photos of this event.

 

EAA B-25 Restoration Project

June 30, 2016 - After six months of restoration work, Chapter 237 of Blaine, Minnesota, delivered the nose of a B-25 to EAA’s Kermit Weeks Hangar on June 24 as part of the ongoing restoration of the 1943 B-25H Mitchell that used to sit in EAA’s museum.

“Chapter participation along with the skill and knowledge that these chapter members bring to us is a key part of what makes our whole operation successful,” said John Hopkins, EAA’s manager of aircraft maintenance.

Chapter 237’s involvement in the B-25 project began in January of 2015 when they helped kick off the restoration by removing all the aircraft’s windows.

“Last year after AirVenture John asked us if we’d be willing to take on a major project of refurbishing the nose,” said Chapter 237 member Curt Stoltz, who filled the role of project manager while the nose was visiting Minnesota. “They brought the nose over to us in Anoka and we started work basically after the first of the year.”

Because many of the parts for the B-25 are few and far between, Chapter 237 needed to get creative with the work laid out for them. One member built three separate jigs to form the spring clips needed to hold in the aircraft’s windows.

Another member, a cabinet maker, contributed to the restoration by remaking the bombardier seat.

“The biggest thing I learned out of this is I’m astounded at how much skill we have in the chapter—how much talent, raw talent,” Stoltz said.

And while refurbishing the nose of the B-25 took the help of 15 to 20 chapter members and between 600 and 800 man hours, the chapter doesn’t look at the project as work.

“It’s fun,” Stoltz said. “It’s rewarding. Where else can you go and work on airplanes A) that are this old, and B) that are this historical? And not only just touch them but actually drill holes and pound rivets.”

The chapter’s involvement won’t stop at the delivery of the nose, though. The B-25 will be on display this year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and Chapter 237 will be on hand to help share its history and talk about the restoration.

In addition to volunteering their time for the B-25 restoration, Chapter 237 flies between 200 and 300 Young Eagles every year, currently has two Eagles taking flight instruction who received their flights from the chapter, and has doubled their membership to 140 people in the past three years.

Here is a slide show of our chapter members working on the project.


EAA Weeks Hangar Work Parties

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EAA Weekend Work Parties


Who's Ready to Party? Who's Ready to Party?
Weekend work parties, as Paul Poberezny called them, predate Oshkosh and even Rockford as the site of EAA's annual convention and fly-in (known today as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh). At first they were not even related to the convention. When EAA headquarters was in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, the first weekend work parties were organized to help build the organization's first museum. Today these weekends focus around preparation of the convention grounds and help build the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. Contact us and get signed up for an upcoming weekend work party with other Chapter 237 members today, and be a part of getting your convention ready!  Or, use the following link to sign up directly with EAA Headquarters and join efforts with other EAA members around the country.

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Pedal Plane Fleet

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Youth Activities

EAA Chapter 237 members believe that the future of General Aviation is in the hands of our young people.  That is why our talented chapter volunteers work hard to promote aviation activities that involve our children and young adults.  Click here for more information about our various youth activities.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Friday Aug 18 - Saturday Aug 19
Friday Aug 18 - Saturday Aug 19
Saturday, Aug 26 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Monday, Aug 28 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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