Travel Air Restorers Association

The Travel Air Restorers Association (TARA) is an independent, nonprofit organization, formed in 1990, dedicated to the preservation of Travel Air aircraft, their history, engineering drawings, related artifacts, photographs and documentation with the objective to keep these aircraft flying for today's and future generations to enjoy and appreciate. To this end TARA will seek to promote the exchange of information and data among it's members and the public through it's newsletter, it's website and through both national and regional Fly-In's. Learn More

New items in Classified Section

We have added four new items on 2/19/2015

Modifications/Additions to the Web-Site

  • Home Page: We have added some information about the 2015 Travel Air Reunion (see details on the right) on 2/22/2015
  • Home Page: We have added an article about a partnership in Africa (see details on the right) on 2/22/2015
  • History: We have added a new section 'Ads and Memorabilia' on 2/22/2015
  • History: We have added a lot of new pictures in the 'Historic pictures' slideshow on 2/22/2015
  • What's New: We have added pictures of Gary's restoration on 2/22/2015
  • What's New: We have added many new pictures of Jerry Impellezzeri's aircraft on 2/22/2015
  • What's New: We have added a few more pictures to Brian Meuser's slideshow on 2/22/2015
  • What's New: We have added an article and a few more pictures to Eric Berens' Travel Air restoration on 2/22/2015

Travel Air News
  • New member Gary Roussopoulos of Watsonville

    Gary, of Watsonville, CA has wanted for a while to purchase a Travel Air 2000 with a Curtiss
    OX-5 or OXX-6 engine. A month ago he drove to northern Minnesota and purchased a project, a 1927 model 2000 NC1572, s/n 225. The project came with a OX-5 and a OXX-6 engine.
    This is a early Travel Air with a welded on engine mount.
    The aircraft has a history in Florida and was flying 20 years ago. Gary needs a Dixie magneto switch for his panel.... can anyone help him with finding one? He can also use some engine cowling to buy or copy. Gary also owns a very nice Waco RNF with a 145hp Warner, a Piper J-3 Cub and Fairchild 24 project nearing completion. Here are some recent photos of a happy new Travel Air owner!

  • Travel Air in Africa

    Danielle is an owner of a Travel Air 4000 in Namibia, Africa. Her partner just left the project and she is looking for some new investors, pilots,. Please find her documentaton attached with some links to Youtube videos and the lodge. Maybe you can help her find some enthusiastic partners?

    Danielle Rentsch
    Fangenstr. 32b
    8713 Uerikon

    +41 43 818 09 16
    +41 79 352 57 26

National Travel Air Reunion/Homecoming, Wichita, KS

This year the Travel Air Restorers Association (TARA) will be hosting a Travel Air National Reunion/Homecoming celebrating 90 years since the founding of the Travel Air Manufacturing Company at Wichita, KS. The Reunion is planned for Thursday Sept 17th to Sunday Sept 20th with our base of operations at Stearman Field (1K1) in Benton, KS and from there we will fly or drive to various tours and activities. Activities are planned and scheduled on each of these days.
In lieu of a Travel Air factory/Beech Tour on Saturday we will invite the public to view our aircraft at Jabara Field, from 10am to 3pm, which I'm sure will be much appreciated. I have already been in contact with families of former Travel Air employees and they are looking forward to our visit.
Since we will likely be parked on the grass together plan to bring your own tie downs and chocks. Also our host Hector and Marla Camacho tells me that 60 weight oil is available on the field. But you can also contact Dan Murray at 303-875-8771 who is a dealer and he can have a case drop shipped there.
Here is a current schedule of planned activities:

Thursday, Sep 17th
Morning: Greet Travel Air arrivals.
Afternoon: 2pm Sedgwick County Museum downtown Wichita.
Evening: Group dinner 6pm at Stearman Field Restaurant.

Friday, Sep 18th
Morning: 9:30am Tour Kansas Air Museum and have lunch there.
Afternoon: 2pm Tour B29 Restoration (pending).
Evening: Group dinner 6pm at Stearman Field Restaurant.

Saturday, Sep 19th
Morning: 10:00am fly-out to Jabara Field to display our aircraft. Return at 3pm.
Evening: 6pm Dinner and program at Stearman Field (Benton) at local hangar.
Guest speaker: Jack Pelton.

Sunday, Sep 20th
Morning: 8am Dawn Partol Fly out to Beaumont Hotel and Café (O7S).
Afternoon: Open

Hector & Marla Camacho have graciously agreed to be our host and contact person on the field. If you have any questions or need to mail something for the event you can contact them.

Hector & Marla Camacho
1127 S. Andover Rd.
Andover, KS 67002
316-613-9338 (cell)

You can also contact me if you would like:
Jerry Impellezzeri
408-356-3407 (home)

Lastly, I want everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves. Fly safely, watch for weather and side on caution. See you Sept 17th!!

Here is a list of hotels I found for your consideration. There are no hotels that I know of in Benton. These are about the closest to Benton.

Courtyard by Marriott
2975 N Webb Rd
Wichita, KS 67226
$144/ night+ fees/taxes

Holiday Inn Express- Wichita Northeast
2340 N Greenwich Rd
Wichita, KS 67226
$106/ night+ fees/taxes

Hampton Inn Suites
2433 N Greenwich Rd
Wichita, KS 67226
$76/ night+ fees/taxes

Staybridge Inn
2250 N Greenwich Rd
Wichita, KS 67226
$120/ night+ fees/taxes

Northrock Suites
7856 E 36th St N
Wichita, KS 67226
$83/ night+ fees/taxes

Motel 6 Wichita East
8302 E Kellogg Dr
Wichita, KS
$52/ night+ fees/taxes

Days Inn Andover
222 W Hwy 54
Andover, KS 67002
$57/ night+ fees/taxes