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This collection consists of material relating to Pompano Air Center, largely relating to Clinton A. "Clint" McHenry, Jr. and his work there as Chief Aerobatic Instructor. There are fifteen 35mm color slides in the collection, as well as a CD containing image files of various sizes. Aircraft depicted in the photographs include the Sukhoi Su-26, Sukhoi Su-29 and the Extra 230. The collection also contains video recordings produced by EAA's Paul Harvey Audio/Video Center. There are three VHS tapes with the following titles: Flying the Sukhoi, EAA's "In the Cockpit" Series, No. 1; Aerobatics: Flying the Maneuvers; and Getting Started in...Aerobatics. There are also two DVDs which were made by the donor as a transfer from VHS. Titles contained on these discs are Russia Highlights Su-27, Victor Pogachave; Oshkosh 1989 Theater in the Woods, Russian Delegation - Entire Show; Channel 7 News: Clint McHenry - Roland Steadham - Aerobatics; Clint McHenry Airshow Promo; CBS 60 Minutes (Edited Version) 20 min.; Aviatika Demo & Factory Tour - Russia; Pompano Air Center - Sukhoi Review; Flight Magazine - Clint McHenry; and US Airshows - Clint McHenry.
Biographical / Historical:
Pompano Air Center was founded in Pompano Beach, Florida in 1976 by John Becker and his son, Brian. In addition to being a a dealer for Cessna and Piper aircraft, Pompano Air Center was a leading sales outlet for Pitts and Extra aerobatic airplanes, offered pilot training, and hosted air shows beginning in 1984. In 1989, Pompano Air Center obtained exclusive sales rights in North, South, and Central America for the Soviet-built Sukhoi Su-26, and later was a worldwide distributor for Sukhoi Su-29 and Su-31 aircraft. Clinton A. "Clint" McHenry, Jr. served as Pompano Air Center's Chief Aerobatic Instructor.
Brian D. Becker, Gift, 2016
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This collection consists of approximately 1.44 cubic feet of material pertaining to Clinton A. "Clint" McHenry, Jr.'s career including log books; photographs; correspondence; news clippings; and aviation event posters. The log books are from McHenry's time at Eastern Airlines and date from 1950 through 1968. There are twenty photographs in the collection, both black and white and color prints, that range in size from 8 by 10 inches up to approximately 11.5 by 15 inches. Some are mounted or matted, and many are signed by various pilots. Aircraft pictured in the photographs include the Extra EA230; Sukhoi Su-26; Extra 300S; Mudry CAP 231; Christen Eagle I; de Havilland (Canada) DHC-1A Chipmunk; Taylorcraft BC (BC-65); Loudenslager Laser 200; Pitts S-1T Special; Extra 260; Fouga CM 170 Magister (Schoolmaster); Bücker Bü 133 C Jungmeister, Beverly "Bevo" Howard; Panavia Tornado F.Mk.2 (RAF ADV); and the Pitts S-2A Special. In addition to McHenry, other pilots in the photographs include Patricia "Patty" Rosalie Kearns Combs Wagstaff; Kermit Weeks; Henry Haigh; Deborah Jean Rihn-Harvey; Don Taylor; Rick Bastian; Greer Parramore; Bob Abernathy; George Zimmerman; Chipper Melton; Leonard "Leo" Loudenslager; Bill Thomas; Betty Stewart; Bob Carmichael; Bob Cole; Duane and Judy Cole; Beverly E. "Bevo" Howard; Brigitte de Saint-Phalle; Linda Meyers-Morrissey; Patti Johnson-Nelson; James "Jim" Roberts; Bill Witt; Ray Williams; Dave Wood; Herb Cox; Ben Lowell; Terry Tubb; Charlie R. Hillard; Thomas Poberezny; John Eugene "Gene" Soucy; Art Scholl; Ian Groom; Bob Herendeen; Ellen Dean; and Harley Lawrence. Also in the collection are magazine covers (some enlarged) featuring images of Clint McHenry and posters or promotional materials from various aviation events and of various aerobatic teams from around the world, many of which are autographed.
Biographical / Historical:
Clinton A. "Clint" McHenry, Jr. is a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, commercial airline pilot, flight instructor, and aerobatic pilot who is best known as a three-time National Aerobatic Champion (1986, 1987, 1989). McHenry began flying aerobatics as a young man and served in varying leadership roles for the Aerobatic Club of America and the International Aerobatic Club from 1970 to 1990. He served as a National and International Aerobatic Judge and was also a well-respected instructor and air show pilot whose students included Patty Wagstaff and other champions. McHenry was a captain and instructor pilot for Eastern Airlines for his "day" job from 1950 to 1968, flying a range of aircraft such as the Douglas DC-3, including the example in the National Air and Space Museum's collection; the Martin (Glenn L.) Model 404 (4-O-4); Convair 440 Metropolitan; Lockheed Model 1049 Super Constellation; Douglas DC-7; and the Boeing Model 727. He joined Pompano Air Center (PAC) as Chief Aerobatic Instructor in 1976. McHenry was inducted into the International Aerobatic Hall of Fame in 1993.
Clinton A. McHenry, Jr., Gift, 2016
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