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de HAVILLAND DHC-1B-2 CHIPMUNK - N1114V

The Art Scholl Chipmunk, constructor’s number 116-154, was built at the de Havilland Toronto, Canada factory as part of an order by the Canadian Department of National Defense. It was first flown by test pilot George Neal on August 29, 1950. These aircraft were for the RCAF reserve pilots and instructors program, which enabled civilian flying clubs to train more than 600 pilots. This aircraft was registered as CF-CXL to the Winnipeg Flying Club and delivered to them in October 1950.

With the expiration of the RCAF program in late1957, the aircraft was placed on the inactive reserve list and flown to Claresholme. Its airworthiness status was lapsed and it remained in storage until offered for sale in June 1961. In October of that year, it was purchased by the Winnipeg Flying Club and later certificated as airworthy. It was sold twice before being purchased by Sabre Industries of Winnipeg, in January1967, for Robert “Skip” Volk of Aqua Craft Boat Company of Laverne, CA.

Skip Volk, a successful boat designer, builder and championship racer, was a friend of well-known aerobatic pilot Art Scholl. Art had introduced Skip to flying, coached him in aerobatics and encouraged him (with a possible Pennzoil sponsorship) to embark upon a career in exhibition flying.

Work to modify the aircraft for exhibition flying was started soon after it arrived from Canada. Modifications were likely done by Roy Sprague of Alcan Aluminum who had worked with Scholl in development of Super Chipmunks N13A and N13Y and Harold Krier’s N 6311V. Sprague was assisted by Larry Riggs.

During 1969, an aerobatic duet routine evolved with Art Scholl and his famous Pennzoil Super Chipmunk N13Y and Skip piloting N114V. They became a regular air show feature and thrilled the crowds at Brackett Field and other California air shows during the season.

ART SCHOLL and AILERON

SKIP VOLK

By late February 1970 with a total time of 3261 hours, the aircraft was further modified by Harry Dellicker of Del-Air at Steathmore, CA and classified as ‘Experimental Exhibition’.

The partnership with Art Scholl came to an end with the untimely death of Skip Volk at age forty-two on May 10,1972, while practicing for an air show.

N1114V was then sold to William B.Richards of Palo Alto, CA who flew it in local aerobatic competitions bringing the total time to 4123 hours by December 1976.

In early 1977, Art Scholl acquired N1114V for a new aerobatic routine and persuaded Bill Richards to part with the aircraft. Still painted in the early 1970’s color scheme of blue stars and sunburst effect, Scholl fitted the plane with a red, white and blue wingtip and tail smoke system. The control stick received a three-inch extension for greater control during extreme aerobatic maneuvers and the plane completed the 1977 air show season in this form.

For 1978, the title “Super Chipmunk,” Pennzoil logos and other marking were added to the aircraft’s paint scheme. Avionics systems were upgraded for cross-country navigation and a Christen aerobatic fuel system and new front cockpit instruments were installed.

Nineteen seventy-eight was a typically busy air show season for Art and N1114V. Between March and July, they were in Tulsa, Memphis, Macon and Kissimmee. Some engine overheating problems are noted in the logs and additional cowling vents were fitted while in Florida. Art Scholl and his Super Chipmunk were often accompanied by his dog, Aileron. Sitting behind Scholl during the act, Aileron would walk out on the wing as they taxied in and jump onto Art’s shoulder when he exited the cockpit. Art’s routine was described in programs as “wild lomcevaks coupled with pyrotechnic spectaculars with a grand finale standing out on the wing waving to the crowd.”

There were no bookings for the Super Chipmunk in 1985. This may have been due to Art’s using his Pitts Special, N13AS, which was outfitted as a camera ship for film work. It was September 16, 1985 when Art and the Pitts were lost after the aircraft failed to recover from an inverted spin while filming for the movie “Top Gun.” Neither pilot nor aircraft were recovered from the Pacific Ocean.

Art’s widow, Judy Scholl, elected to donate his remaining aircraft to museums. Chipmunk N13Y went to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and N1114V to the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, WI. Kevin Killingworth and Kevin Kammer, Art’s chief mechanic, delivered it to Oshkosh on June 12, 1987 with 5183.5 total hours on the aircraft. The ferry flight from Rialto, CA to Oshkosh via Albuquerque, NM and La Crosse, WI took thirteen and a half hours. Their arrival was highlighted by the operation of the three-color smoke system for the last time.

Befitting the aerobatic and air show careers of both the aircraft and Art Scholl, N1114V is displayed inverted performing a ribbon cutting maneuver.

This aircraft researched by EAA volunteer Rod Brown

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