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Volume 9, Number 6 August 1, 2008     

Air Cam No. 1 donated to AirVenture Museum
By Mary Jones

EAA President Tom Poberezny, left, accepts the keys to Air Cam #1 for the EAA AirVenture Museum following its donation by designer, Philip J. Lockwood. Photo by Tyson Rininger

The original Lockwood Air Cam will now call the EAA AirVenture Museum home following the donation of the aircraft by its designer, Philip J. Lockwood. EAA President Tom Poberezny accepted the keys to the aircraft from Lockwood on Thursday afternoon, just inside the old main arch where the Air Cam will remain parked for the rest of the convention.

Lockwood designed the Air Cam in the early 1990s in response to a request from the National Geographic Society for an aerial photo platform from which to photograph the Ndoki Rain Forest in the Republic of the Congo for a National Geographic study and story (published in its July 1995 issue).

In donating the aircraft, Lockwood noted that the freedom of the amateur-built category offered the latitude to design this special mission machine. "That's why it's important this aircraft come to the EAA museum." Lockwood stated.

He added, "At first the society planned to use a helicopter for the mission, but its fuel burn was too high." The society knew Lockwood from previous South African photo missions so it contacted him for help in developing an aircraft for the mission…and asked him to fly it. "When I found out we'd be flying just above the canopy of the trees and not along the river, I told them 'You've got the wrong guy,' but after thinking about the possibility of using a twin-engine aircraft, I became intrigued with the project."

In accepting the aircraft, Poberezny said, "EAA is extremely pleased that Phil has recognized EAA and its work for the amateur-built movement by donating the aircraft to the museum. It's airplanes like the Air Cam that continue to tell the story of innovation and accessibility that amateur building offers."

Today, Air Cams are being used globally in a variety of research applications, including off-shore oil surveying, tracking whales, testing water quality in remote lakes in Adirondack National Park, and other research activities in Namibia.

The story of Phil's adventure in the Ndoki Rain Forest is available in Sport Aviation's online archives. See "Air Cam in the Congo," in the August 1995 issue.

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