PERU, Illinois, July 22, 2021 – Aviation enthusiasts heading to EAA AirVenture 2021 will enjoy a rare sight as a 1929 TravelAir Model 10-D aircraft takes off for Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The TravelAir, the last of its kind, will arrive on Sunday, July 25, and will be on display in the Antique section of the EAA Vintage Zone throughout the week for aviators to explore.
Owned by Inga Carus and her spouse, Peter Limberger, founders of CL Enterprises, the family holding company of Carver Aero, Travel Air has a unique history with family ties. Inga Carus’ great-uncle, Hermann Carus, purchased the TravelAir for $ 5,500 in August 1930. At that time, the TravelAir was considered a luxury aircraft. His great-uncle owned and piloted the plane from the old airport in Peru, Illinois, until he sold it in 1942.
After doing some research, Carus and Limberger discovered that the family plane belonged to a private air museum in Eagles Mere, Pa. In November 2020, they bought the plane from the museum and brought it back to Peru the following spring.
The beloved aircraft has been fully restored to a high quality and flyable condition. The hunter green and beige TravelAir features its original wicker chair pattern and proves to be a treasured piece of aviation history, gleaning a glimpse of flight without modern equipment. Carus and Limberger both fly the aircraft, now based at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport (KVYS), and are proud to share this piece of aviation history – and family history – with EAA Airmen.
“The Carus family continues its rich aviation history with the acquisition of Carver Aero in 2019,” said Limberger. “Carver Aero’s goal is to create greater opportunities for people in small towns through aviation. The TravelAir recalls the last 100 years of aviation. Carver Aero is leading the way for the next 100 years by recreating the wonder and inclusion of small town aviation. “
TravelAir was founded in 1925 by three aviation pioneers: Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman. Each then created their own business. The TravelAir 10-D on display at the EAA is the only surviving aircraft of the 11 that were produced in Kansas before the Great Depression wreaked havoc.