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1998
 
 
Highlights of the June show at the Orange Airport
 
 
 
A shot of the site of our show, from the Ursinair helicopter.
 
 
A shot of the site of our show, looking northwest
 
 
Looking northeast
 
 
Looking south
 
 
Looking north
 
 
The late Chet Petrowski's Buffalo Springfield
was featured on the show button and plaque
 
 
The C.H.Brown steam engine was built in Fitchburg in 1909/10. It developed 125 horsepower with a 13" bore and a 34" stroke. It weighs 12 tons and has an 8 foot diameter flywheel. It was used to power the Smith & Day Co. and the Bourn, Hadley and Fairbanks Mfg., located on Mill Street in Baldwinville, MA. It last ran in 1949
 
 
Gene borrows a John Deere Model 70
 
 
 
The Fairbanks-Morse was the featured engine this year.
Here are a couple of great examples.
 
 
Bart Cushing always brings a great tractor.
 
 
This year it was a John Deere GP Wide-track.
 
 
Our entertainment this year was an operating Wurlitzer Merry-Go-round machine
 
 
Charlie Kellogg shined up the Number 52 plow by pulling it through the sand with his Unstyled Model B.
 
 
Alden Piper gave plowing a try, too
 
Highlights of the September show at the Fitchburg Airport
 
 
 
 
The Brown returned to Fitchburg for a visit,
after a 100 year absence.
 
 
Grover brought his Oliver, and I saw it RUN!
 
 
Danny Grenier brought his John Deere Model B
This will be the featured tractor at the
Orange show in 1999
 
 
 
The Airshow
     I know, we are supposed to be talking about antique engines here, not airplanes. But think about it, the engines in these planes ARE antiques. The B17 flew during World War II. That makes it older than a lot of our tractors. Just as a point of curiosity I noticed that three of the engines were Wright Cyclone, and one was made by Studebaker! The C47 is the military version of the DC3, which was first built in 1936.
     The A10 is a newcomer, first built in the 70's. But although it is still on active duty, it is out of production and is considered by many to be obsolete. The T6's were used as trainers during WWII. Can you imagine doing aerobatics in something as old as my 1943 JD Model B?!! Oh, alright, the Iron Eagles are modern biplanes; but what a show they put on!!
The B17 from WWII was here again.
 
 
Its nickname is the "Memphis Belle".
 
 
  The hind end of an A10 Warthog.
 
 
The C47 (with a halo?)
 
 
The T6 "Texans"
 
 
The Iron Eagle aerobatic team
 
 
 
Fireworks
 
The Carnival
 
 
Ahhhhhh!
 
Ooooooh!
 
 Once again, Fitchburg is not strictly an engine show; there's something for everybody. A carnival, a hot air balloon, an antique auto show, a flea market, an air show, and just SHOW me anyone who didn't enjoy these fireworks!