Ever since Clay Adams saw “The Great Waldo Pepper,” he’s wanted to recreate the barnstorming lifestyle. A Northwest Airlines captain by profession, but a barnstormer at heart, Adams hails from an aviation family and has remained in his hometown of Rosemount, Minn.
Adams soloed at 16 in the family’s Cub, an airplane he still owns today, and has now logged more than 24,000 flight hours in 97 different aircraft types. Clay Adams bought this 1929 Travel Air for Nostalgic Wings, a company he formed to give airplane rides to the public.
His first call was to Rob Lock, a fulltime barnstormer out of Kermit Weeks’ Fantasy of Flight.
The intended mission of the American Barnstormers Tour is to expose the public to vintage airplanes. The American Barnstormers Tour begins in Kalamazoo, Mich., on July 15, and will feature 15 to 20 aircraft in all. Clay Adams, along with 15 to 20 other pilots, will visit nine airports in July as part of the American Barnstormers Tour, scheduled to culminate with a weekin EAA AirVenture.
Depending on the success of this year’s event, long-term plans are to hold the American Barnstormers Tour in subsequent years.


1975 PA-36-285 SERIAL # 36-7660014 AIR FRAME TOTAL TIME 9440 ENGINE PT6A-20 "0" SOH PROPELLER "0" SNEW. His father had flown C-47s during the Korean War; prior to joining Northwest, he managed Worthington Airport in Minnesota, where he ran a charter and crop-dusting operation.
It’s a family affair with his wife Cindy driving the support vehicle and his children selling T-shirts. He has flown children as young as 4, all the way up to a woman in her nineties who had never been in an airplane before. Time sped by and Adams realized nothing had happened, so he vowed to do what it took to make the tour a reality. The aircraft are all originals, and the pilots and crews will dress in period costume for authenticity. As for Adams, he and his fellow barnstormers will see their dream come to fruition as thousands of people are introduced to these vintage airplanes and the Golden Age of Aviation. NEW GLASS AND TIRES.NEW AGRINAUTICS PUMP, LANE ELECTRIC BRAKE LANE 4 BLADE FAN, SS SPRAY VALVE , LOAD VALVE ALL SS SPRAY PLUMBING TUBES SS BOOM AND TEE BOOM. Adams’ brother Craig, a crew chief for Northwest, was killed as a passenger in an airplane accident.


When the weekend is free from air shows, Adams is typically flying passengers who’ve been given gift certificates for rides.
Lock brought Sarah Wilson, who flies one of his aircraft at Fantasy of Flight, on board to handle public relations.
For the week of AirVenture, the goal is to make the area where the airplanes are parked realistic as to what a barnstormers’ gathering may have looked like, complete with bunting and flags.
The tour is set to appear at nine airports, culminating with a week on display at EAA AirVenture 2006.
As it turned out, his passenger had been a B-17 pilot, but hadn’t been in an airplane since the end of World War II.



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