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

2015 National Travel Air Reunion, Wichita, KS

This year the Travel Air Restorers Association (TARA) will be hosting a Travel Air National Reunion celebrating 90 years since the founding of the Travel Air Manufacturing Company at Wichita, KS. Historian Ed Phillips has traveled to Benton, KS to check out Stearman Field (1K1) and he reports that the location is great and that it will make for a good base of operations. OK, here are the dates, Thursday thru Sunday Sept 17-20, 2015, so mark your calendar. Activities will be planned and scheduled on each of these days. I expect that many of you will start arriving on Wednesday, as I plan to do, so we won't miss anything. Tours of various points of interest are being planned including the original Travel Air factory which still stands and is part of Textron Aviation. All Travel Air owners and enthusiast are welcome. Call 408-356-3407 for more information. To help out with planning let us know that you are planning to come.
Here is a current schedule of planned activities:

Morning: Greet Travel Air arrivals
Afternoon: 2pm Sedgwick County Museum downtown Wichita
Evening: Group dinner at Stearman Field Restaurant

Morning: 9:30am Tour Kansas Air Museum and have lunch there
Afternoon: 2pm Tour Cessna Factory
Evening: Group dinner, location to be determined

Morning: 10:00am fly-out to Beech Field
Afternoon: Tour Beech and old Travel Air Factory
Evening: 6pm Dinner and program at Stearman Field (Benton) Restaurant

Morning: Open
Afternoon: Open

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