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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

  • Whole Web-Site: We have converted all Flash animations to HTML5, so they can be viewed on Apple devices (and others) as of 10/11/2015
  • 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

by Jerry Impellezzeri

The Travel Air Wichita Homecoming celebrating 90 years since the founding of Travel Air, Inc. was a very memorable event by all who were able to attend. This issue is dedicated to recording to a small degree what happened and to share some of our experiences.
I was planning to fly my Travel Air to the event but a series of misfortunes prevented this from happening, which I will not dwell on, so I decided to drive for two and half days to get there. One nice thing was that the further east I when the lower the gas prices from $3.39 in California to $1.89 in Texas and Kansas. The weather for the trip was also good... windy but good which made the drive enjoyable. I arrived in Andover (just east of Wichita) on Wednesday (9/16) afternoon and checked into the motel and went direct to the airport to see who was there. The wind was blowing about 25 mph from the south, which is not a good sign, but fortunately it was blowing mostly down the runway. I was expecting a few Travel Air's to have already arrived since activities were planned for the next day, but to my surprise there was nobody there. So now I'm beginning to worry. I did join up with our host, Hector Camacho and he confirmed that no Travel Air's have showed up yet. I then get on the phone to find out where everybody is at... are they just a few miles away or is the event going to be a bust!

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