Art Scholl Treasure

Yesterday we flew over to Art Scholl Aviation at Rialto Airport (L67) Rialto, California, where we had the good pleasure of Judy Scholl’s company for the afternoon.  In case you are unaware of this significant milestone in aviation history Art Scholl was arguably the greatest aerobatic pilot of all time. He lost his life during filming for the film Top Gun.  He was performing a flat spin over the Pacific ocean in his Super Chipmunk.

Instrument Panel from Arlyn's Cherokee 140/160.

Judy had cleaned out the hangar was was having a sale, who could resist that.  We purchased, for a slim price, a box of antique flight instruments.  Other items for sale were miscellaneous tools, parts and odds and ends of the sort often found in airplane hangars.

We met Arlyn Cook who had a 1973 Piper Cherokee 140/160 for sale.  It is N15822 if you want to look it up on Trade a Plane.  It has only 50 SMOH and 73 hours on the propeller with a fresh annual.  It also has new interior and fresh looking paint.  Great avionics and the low selling price of $35,400.  Arlyn’s number is 909-989-4090.  The pictures tell the real story, to say the least we were impressed.

My real mission in making the flight was to make sure I wasn’t about to lose touch with Judy since she has felt like a mentor to me from the moment I met her.  The way she seems to have a steel core is very good for me as I approach each new situation I can always think about how Judy would approach it and instantly my brave factor jumps about ten points.

As it turns out the fabled Rialto field which is home to Art Scholl Aviation is not nearing demise as has been rumored but is now slated to remain open for five to seven more years.  The developers which were planning to replace a priceless landing strip with houses have decided that in this economy that might not be in their best interest.

Sign at Art Scholl Aviation in Rialto, California Airport.

In planning the trip I had hoped to photograph a sign there that I have always loved. I thought it must have been from the 1950’s when Art was at Flabob offering flying lessons.  I did shoot it but Judy gently explained that it was just a prop from some long forgotten filming, movie or TV, no one knows.  It is pretty cool though.

We also spotted the wooden board that had Art’s airplane number from the Chipmunk he lost his life in. It still hangs in the hangar where his Chipmunk was kept.  The Chipmunk is in the Smithsonian. To see, after all these years that the sign still hangs in the hangar is a reminder that some day we all fly away one way or the other.

Hangar sign for Art Scholl's Chipmunk.


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