1948 ANNUAL SUMMER ROUNDUP
AIRCRAFT OWNERS AND PILOTS ASSOCIATION
Over 400 planes made it to Rehoboth Beach Airport for their second annual fly-in and the pilots and their families were entertained at a beach front dinner by Grace Shockley and Alvin Simpler of the Avenue Restaurant. Other local merchants provided handsome prizes which were awarded for flight achievements. The host of the affair was Clarence Flatt, manager of Rehoboth airport, where the planes were tied down for the overnight stay.
While here there were tow air shows, the first was a demonstration of personal planes and included a Douglas DC3, flown by Leonard Smith and John Geisse, equipped with the new Geisse cross wind landing gear.
Special guest of honor was 67 year old William T. Piper who developed the Piper Cub.
Rehoboth mayor Schaffer welcomed the guest to the bonfire and dinner awards ceremony in the evening; Awards went to Commander Ferguson of Cape May for largest family to fly in and the lowest CCA license number, 1936; youngest woman flyer was 20 year old Edith Dominico of Trenton, New Jersey; farthest away , 800 miles, went to Walt Settle of Madison Wisconsin; one day flying, 385 miles, Akron, Ohio went to Art Chapman flying a Goodyear 'Duck'; oldest woman pilot was awarded to 50 year old Elsie McKoegh of New York City; Rudy Chalow of New Jersey flew in the smalles and oldest , a 1936 Waco; higest AOPA number, 50,000 went to the David Stevensons ofWashington; greatest log time, 7500 hours, was presented to Ed Marshall of Emporia Virgina; Lilliam Bradley got prize for her 10 minutes of solo time and 19 year old Rehoboth pilot, Charles Rutter got aware as youngest. For being the first plane to land at this fly in , prize went to Dan Valintine of Pennsylvania.
Washington's diplomatic service was represented by British Embassy attache Morris A. Brown, flying his British Percival Proctor.