A Conversation with Evelyn Marshall and Charlie Kulp

Saturday, November 17, 2018
EAA 186 Chapter House
8:30am to 12:30


Evelyn Marshall and Charlie Kulp will be at the EAA Chapter 186 Membership Gathering on November 17 at the Chapter House. Evelyn will be giving some history of the local airports she and her husband were involved with. Charlie will be talking about the history of the Northern Virginia Airports which have turned into shopping centers. The old Manassas Airport and the Woodbridge Airport are two of them.

Charlie and Evelyn would prefer most of their presentation to be questions and answers. The Freedom Museum has offered to record the event for us.

As there is limited room in the chapter house, we are requesting folks to signup on our website if you are planning to attend. REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE!

Weather permitting, we plan to serve a pancake breakfast 8:30am to 10:00am from our cook trailer using the deck for seating. Breakfast will be 2 pancakes, 2 sausages, 2 eggs, and a beverage for $5. If the weather does not cooperate, we’ll have donuts, muffins and beverages inside from 9-10am for a donation.

Evelyn Marshall
Evelyn Marshall began her career of service on her 20th birthday, when she was sworn into the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Navy Wave in World War II. While assigned to the Navy Department in Washington, DC, Evelyn met Frank Marshall, and they were married in 1945. They were truly an inseparable team.

In 1951, Frank learned to fly, launching the Marshalls into a lifelong commitment to aviation. In 1959, they formed Airport Management, Inc., and assumed management of the Manassas Airport. Five years later, they were vital to efforts to ‘save’ the previous Manassas Airport, which ultimately led to the establishment/relocation of the airport to its current location.

The Marshalls then turned their attention to the development of an airport in nearby Fauquier County. Under the auspices of Marshall Aviation, Inc., they obtained a lease on 167 acres of land, cleared the land and installed a 3,000 foot sod airstrip, which ultimately became the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.

They then turned their energies to development and growth of the Winchester Airport, as well as the establishment and operation of airports in West Virginia and Maryland. In 1966, they returned to Manassas, taking the airport out of
receivership, opening a Piper aircraft dealership, and putting the airport on a sound financial footing.

After Frank’s death, Evelyn has continued her interest and support of general aviation in Virginia, and has been both
supporter and activist. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Aviation Trades Association. She also has been a long standing member of the Flying Circus Airshows in Bealeton, Virginia, and a lifetime member of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. All-in-all, Evelyn has served Virginia aviation for more than 58 years.

Frank Marshall was inducted into the Virginia Hall of Fame in 2003. His solo induction did not adequately recognize the extraordinary contributions that Frank and Evelyn made together to aviation in the Commonwealth. We are excited to announce that Evelyn Marshall will be inducted in the Virginia Hall of Fame at the 40th Anniversary Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner on November 3, 2018.

Charlie Kulp

Charlie Kulp, a.k.a. the “Flying Farmer”, is a retired aerobatic pilot. He has performed a comedy aerobatic routine every Sunday at the Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, Virginia for 34 years.

Born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, (September 20, 1925) Kulp was a Navy mechanic in the Pacific during World War II. He received his wings in July 1943 after taking lessons in Roanoke, Virginia. A former mechanic for Capital Airlines, Kulp managed small airports in Maryland and Virginia before joining the Flying Circus Airshow, of which he is a founding member. When not on the airshow circuit, Kulp performed on Sunday afternoons at the Flying Circus during its season from May to October until 2007, when he retired. Throughout his career as the “Flying Farmer,” Kulp flew a standard 65 horsepower (48 kW) unmodified Piper J-3 Cub.

In 1993, Kulp took his act to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the “EAA Gateway to Aviation Classic,” the largest airshow in the United States. In 2000, Charlie performed at “Sun ‘n’ Fun.” As well as performing across the United States, Kulp has performed at civilian and military airshows in Great Britain and Canada. Throughout his career in aviation, Kulp appeared in several newspaper articles and has been featured on the Discovery Wings Channel. In addition to his airshow work, Kulp is a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Aviation Historic Society and an FAA-certified flight instructor. In 2000, Kulp received the Charles Taylor award from the FAA as a 50-year A&P mechanic.

On November 8, 1997, Kulp was inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame. At 82 years of age, Kulp still flew his routine most Sundays at the Flying Circus. On October 28, 2007, Charlie Kulp flew his aerobatic comedy routine for the final time at the Flying Circus before retiring.

Read more: Charlie Kulp: A Man Born After His Time