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It's about one month away from the Bücker gathering in Kalispell, MT (the Flathead Valley) Yeah!! We wanted to brief you on a couple things and hope to get a little information back from you.

Potential agenda: Friday morning Formation Fly-out to Polson (quick flight down Flathead Lake). Afternoon: Tour of Proof Gun Manufacturing and then later a Mexican dinner and evening cruise aboard the Far West boat on Flathead Lake. Saturday morning flight to airplane museum at Fortine, MT. (30-40 minute flight) and then a barbecue at Hank/Jay's hangar that afternoon/evening. So lots of time for kicking around the area or just hangar flying. Alternative to fly-outs can be lunch/shopping in Whitefish or Bigfork (two quaint little towns close to Kalispell). Flathead Valley is a major tourist area with Glacier National Park within sight of the airport. So we know you will not be bored if you decided to detour from the airport.

We would appreciate knowing if you are still planning to come, potential arrival, airplane number if you are flying and name and spelling of you and any companion you are bringing. We need to make sure we have name tags for those in attendance for socializing and for TSA Security. Great to also include t-shirt sizes (cost will be included in the registration fee). If you are coming commercial let us know Airline and date for pickup. Hotel name is helpful for our car pool list.

We are looking forward to 'the gathering.'

Again, please confirm you are coming, what day, how you are coming and spelling of names.  Dates again: August (Friday 8/25, Sat 8/26 and Sun 8/27).
If you have questions please call Hank 406-253-1687 or Jay 406-212-0402 or email me back.  

Vicki & Jay Billmayer
Lacy and Hank Galpin

Albstadt-Degerfeld EDSA


  • Bücker Aerobatic World Championship for amateurs
  • Formation Flight of all Bücker-aircraft
  • Live music and dinner party
  • Aerobatic Competition honours
  • Premiere: The new Bücker movie by Ulli Hunger
  • Premiere: The Bücker Picture book
  • Premiere: Bücker pilots honours

Friday September 8th

  • Starting 2 p.m. arrival of the Bücker aircraft and guests at Degerfeld EDSA
  • Dinner at the Restaurant Il Delta at Degerfeld

Saturday September 9th

  • Starting 8 a.m. pilot pickup at your hotel and shuttle service to Degerfeld
  • 9-10 Rollout of the Bückers and special lineup of Bücker Jungmeister
  • 10 briefing for all pilots
  • 10:30-12 Free Flying in the area and lunch break
  • 1-3 p.m.  Bücker Aerobatic World Championship for amateurs
  • 3 p.m. Formation flying of all Bückers and flight around Hohenzollern castle and the Swabian hills. Option to fly over lake Konstanz (30 min one way).
  • 6 p.m. Bücker RC planes demo flights and competition
  • 7 p.m. Dinner and entertainment at restaurant Il Delta Degerfeld

Sunday September 10th

  • 9 a.m. shuttle service from hotels to Degerfeld
  • 10 a.m. Flying and later return of the Bücker crews to their home base

We will offer a hotel shuttle service for all crews that come by plane.

If weather should not allow us to fly on Saturday we will visit the Winter Instruments company in Jungingen (10 min of travel time); they will show us how they produce their instruments and how they do the calibration. In addition we may visit the vintage car and motorcycle museum in Hechingen.

The aerobatic championship will be a basic program of standard maneuvers so that all interested pilots may participate. The good thing about it is that Larry Ernewein will be our judge (assisted by his wife Elaine). Larry is constantly winning International Aerobatic Club sportsman competitions in the US and Canada. He is so damn good, and for that reason we will not let him compete in the championship! But after the competition Larry will present an aerobatic performance in the Bücker of his choice (Tigre Casa, Lycoming Casa or Jungmeister SH 14). 

Just to remind you:

Please make your hotel reservation yourself.

Recommended hotels are:
  • Hotel Post, Jungingen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Now sold out)
  • Hotel Blume Post, Albstadt-Tailfingen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Hotel Brielhof, Hechingen, www.hotel-brielhof.de/

We are expecting a nice number of Bücker Jungmeister, some of them that have not been seen for many years and are now back in the air after they changed hands from private collections.
We also expect some of the pilots of the legendary Degerfeld  fly-ins of the early 80ies. They may not come by plane any more but travel with a lot of stories, history and impressions about their own Bücker careers.

If not done yet please sign up by email (below) for our fly-in and let me know that you will come.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Hermann Diebold

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Post: Hermann Diebold, Konstantin-Killmaier-Weg 19, D-72379 Hechingen

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Airfield information:


The national Bücker Fly-in will be August 25 and 26, 2017, at Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana.  Hosts will be Hank Galpin and Jay Billmayer who have adjacent hangars at the airport.  We will have hangar space for all Bückers that attend and probably space for other aircraft as well.  GPI is also identified as FCA (Flathead County Airport). It is an air-carrier airport in northwest Montana served by Delta, United, Alaska (Horizon), and Allegiant.  There are direct flights from Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Portland daily, and Las Vegas sub-daily.  During the summer there may be seasonal flights from Chicago and San Francisco.

Hank and Jay encourage all Bücker folks to send us an email so we can add your address to our email list.  You do not have to own a Bücker to be welcome.  We are planning various activities which will appeal to all ages.

The Glacier Lake area is one of the most beautiful destination in the USA. There will be no shortage of spectacular scenery to fly over or visit!

Glacier National Park, Montana

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Planning is well underway for the 2017 National Bucker Fly-in, August 25-27, at Glacier Park International Airport (FCA on your airline ticket, KGPI on Foreflight), Kalispell, Montana. Your hosts will be Hank Galpin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Jay Billmayer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who have adjacent hangars at GPI. We have had a very encouraging response to our first announcement on the www.bucker.info website. If you have not already done so, please send us an email so we can put you on our list. You do not have to own a Bucker to join us, and all family members are welcome also.

If you are planning to attend, whether flying your Bucker (or some lesser aircraft), or driving, or flying in on the airlines, it would behoove you to book accommodations right now. Glacier National Park had a record two million visitors last year, and while the tourist pressure might be declining by late August, it will still be an issue.

Hank and Jay are recommending five hotels:
Holiday Inn Express (www.kalispellHEI.com, 406-1755-7405 or 888-HOLIDAY)
Marriott Springhill Suites (Marriott.com, 406-314-6600 or 888-236-2427)
Red Lion Hotel (www.redlionhotel.com/Kalispell, 406-751-5050 or 855-347-0877)
Kalispell Grand Hotel (www.kalispellgrand.com, 406-755-8100 or 800-858-7422)
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake (lodgeatwhitefishlake.com, 406-863-4000 or 877-887-4026)

The first two are located in a newer business development area north of Kalispell with restaurants within walking distance. The third is a renovated hotel in downtown Kalispell, and the fourth is a hotel in downtown Kalispell. The Lodge is an upscale complex just north of Whitefish.

In general (and subject to change), Thursday, August 24th, will be arrival day. Snacks and beverages at the hangars. Hangar space for all Buckers and probably other aircraft as well. Plenty of tie downs, but you need to bring your own ropes.

Friday, August 25th, we are planning a tour of Proof Research, a leading-edge gun manufacturer just up the highway from GPI. Dinner at a restaurant overlooking Flathead Lake and an evening cruise on the lake. We may organize a formation flyby of the cruise vessel.

On Saturday morning, August 26th, we will fly 44 miles northwest to an air museum at Crystal Lakes. The runway is private, but we have permission to land there. In the evening we will have a barbecue at the hangars with a special guest, a patriotic speech by Jim White (this is the first he has heard about it!), and the awarding of Certificates of Merit (or lack thereof).

Some of our Bucker friends are going to make their stay here into a real vacation. Visiting Glacier National Park is a top priority. The west entrance is no more than 45 minutes from the airport. You can book a seat on one of the red "jammer" busses (just google those words) and get a guided tour, or drive your own car up the Going to the Sun road to Logan Pass, park at the visitor center, and hike the boardwalk to Hidden Lake. One caveat you need to know ahead of time: parking at the visitor center is limited. Go early or late.

Jay and Hank can suggest aerial (or driving) tours of northwest Montana. One such trip will take you over Flathead Lake (the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi), up a section of the Clark Fork River which at low level will remind you of scenes from "High Road to China," and across a near-desert which shows evidence of Glacial Lake Missoula, a vast and deep body of water and ice that emptied several times with incomprehensible violence into eastern and central Washington.

If Hank has not finished harvesting wheat, there may be an opportunity to drive a combine.

After the fly-in we expect a group of Bucker pilots to hold over a day or two and then head for the Antique Airplane Association fly-in at Blakesburg, Iowa, Labor Day weekend. You must be a member of AAA to attend. (antiqueairfield.com). We plan to hangar at the Ottumwa airport and fly in and out of Antique Airfield daily. We suggest the Hampton Inn in Ottumwa (614-814-888). Make your reservations now.

Other websites of interest: www.discover kalispell.com, www.glaciermt.com, and www.visitmt.com

It must be fly-in planning season :)

The 2016 Fly-in crew

The Real Aeroplane Club at Breighton Airfield, North Yorkshire would like to invite Bücker enthusiasts to third International Bücker Fest on July 15/16 2017, with arrivals welcome from Friday 14th.

Individual invitations will go out in due course but please save the date and plan to incorporate this event into your flying season.

For further details please contact:

Katie Donaldson
The Real Aeroplane Club, Breighton
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Bücker Fly-In Albstadt-Degerfeld EDSA 09./10. September 2017 - Save the date!

We now have clearance from Degerfeld airfield for our next International Bücker fly in. In 2014 over 50 Bücker crews had signed up, but due to very bad weather only 10 Bückers made it to the field. So we will try again to realize my dream to have 50 Bückers in the air in formation, and to fly over our beautiful mountain area, and the Hohenzollern castle.

Several Jungmeisters from private collections have changed ownership and are back in the air, and for sure they will join all the Jungmann and Bestmann for a great event. We also invite all international Bücker enthusiasts to join us, even if they cannot bring their airplanes because they live too far away or even on far away continents.

Degerfeld is located only 50 miles south of the Stuttgart airport , and 175 miles south of Frankfurt. It is easy reach by road.

Degerfeld 1981

Arrival of Bückers may start on on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday we will enjoy flying our planes. Together, solo, formations, whatever we feel like.

The Degerfeld Aero Club has offered us the use of all of its hangar space and infrastructure of the field. About 30 Bückers can be hangared over night.

Hotel Post, Jungingen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hotel Blume Post, Albstadt-Tailfingen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hotel Brielhof, Hechingen, www.hotelbrielhof.de/

The field offers camp grounds and facilities for those who don`t want to use a hotel room. The restaurant at the airfield will be reserved for us and will offer food and drinks all weekend. It has a wonderful beer garden to enjoy if weather cooperates. After flying we can use beamer and speakers for all kind of presentations. Everybody is welcome to present Bücker material. Ulli Hunger -our enthusiastic Bücker movie director- will have his Bücker movie ready for us to enjoy.


Please let me know whether you will join our Bücker fly-in and let me know how many persons will accompany you.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/With best wishes,

Hermann Diebold + Jürgen Hüfner for LSV Degerfeld

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