MEMORIES OF PERKASIE
TUNNEL HILL FARM CRASH
An email from a gentleman in New York State posed a question; Is Tunnel Hill Farm now Pennridge Airport?
He had a section of a propeller from a 1929 Tunnel Hill plane crash. For years he had searched for the crash location.
Our search of the digitized Central News found an article about a Pitcairn Airplane with two onboard that crashed at tunnel farm, which later became Pennridge Airport. The pilot of the plane was Fred Winkler. His passenger was a student aviator, “Bob” Koehler, son of Dr. and Mrs. A.G. Koehler of Perkasie. They were inspecting the area for a possible site to land a plane on Legion Day of Anniversary Week.
Both men escaped injury and the plane had to be disassembled and taken away. The propeller section from the crash ended up in a personal collection and has since been returned to Perkasie as a donation to the Perkasie Historical Society Museum.
Rick Doll 2020
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