Sebring, FLORIDA / January 8, 2008 — Lockwood Aircraft president, Phil Lockwood — the lead designer and motivating force behind the well-regarded Air-Cam — took a most satisfying call one morning in late November. It wasn’t official yet, the caller said, but Air-Cam Number One had been accepted into the permanent collection of the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Due to space and other considerations, the world-class facility must decline many offers making acceptance a special event.
“We are exceedingly pleased and honored that Air-Cam #1 will join many other illustrious airplanes that are part of aviation history. EAA’s museum has one of the world’s most noteworthy collections,” said Lockwood. Air-Cam is itself a most unusual twin-engine, very light aircraft capable of flying into short, unimproved airstrips or being safely flown over the most challenging terrain. The National Geographic Society commissioned the design and construction of Air-Cam and the serial #1 was shipped to the Congo and flown for National Geographic by Phil Lockwood.
In mid-2006 Lockwood regained ownership of the Air-Cam design rights (for some years held by Leza Aircraft). After Lockwood’s facility was expanded to make room for the new venture, tooling and inventory was moved across Sebring airport. In the deal, Phil and his staff took over not only Air-Cam but also the very popular Drifter series. Both aircraft have entered renewed serial production. “Many kits were shipped from our new facility in 2007,” added Lockwood. Meanwhile, prior owners of an Air-Cam or a Drifter have been pleased to know parts and service are now readily. “The Drifter was originally developed by Maxair of Pennsylvania under the guidance of then-owner Dennis Franklin,” reported Lockwood. “Dennis is once again overseeing production of both the Air-Cam and Drifter kits with Lockwood Aircraft Corp.”
Lockwood Aircraft is the designer, developer, and producer of the twin-engine Air-Cam and of several single-engine Drifter models. Part of a family of aviation companies, Lockwood Aircraft has a fifteen-year history with the remarkable-flying Air-Cam and three decades of experience with the Drifter series. To learn more about Lockwood Aircraft or the Air-Cam and Drifter, visit their headquarters at the Sebring, Florida airport; browse to http://www.aircam.com; call 863-655-4242; or send e-mail to [email protected].
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