By Judy Birchler, host of LadiesLoveTaildraggers.com

Champ N7569E flew from Indianapolis to Kewanee, IL Saturday morning against a strong headwind and over a broken layer a short part of the way.  I snapped a few pictures and thought I’d share with anyone interested in Aeroncas, slow flight and a good time.

Clear above broken layer near Indy

Clear above broken layer near Indy

Flight time to Kewanee on Saturday was 3 hours 40 minutes which was slow, but fine with me because I love to fly her, even at 63 mph!  Luckily that headwind turned into a tailwind the next morning which got us home in 2 hours, 20 minutes.  My husband loved flying that leg of the trip because it’s not often you see 126 mph on the GPS.

On top turned into severe clear

On top turned into severe clear

Saturday morning line up

Saturday morning line up

Owner unknown

Owner unknown

Dave Griffith's beautiful 7AC

Dave Griffith's beautiful 7AC

Dave's Champ

Dave's Champ

Owner unknown

Owner unknown

We met some nice folks at Kewanee including fun & helpful FBO owners Dale & Debra Lindstrom, pilots Sarah & Dave Allen, aviation photographer extraordinaire David Frye, and 7AC Champ pilot/owner Dave Griffith.

Sarah Allen w/Judy after evening fun flight

Sarah Allen w/Judy after evening fun flight

Also got reacquainted with event organizer and brand new daddy, Jody Wittmeyer.

Saturday evening, Judy, Jodi & Sarah

Saturday evening, Judy, Jody & Sarah

Monocoupe on short hop to Galesburg on Saturday

Monocoupe on short hop to Galesburg on Saturday

Sorry to say the weather didn’t cooperate on Sunday morning.  With rain and thunderstorms moving in we decided to pass on the fly out breakfast and get on the way while we still could.  Thanks, Jody, for organizing your event, putting on a spread of food, providing cars and making it all possible!

1 Comment

  1. Dave Griffith
    June 27, 2009, 7:13 pm   /  Reply

    Judy, You showed me the error of my ways ! The more I looked at my red and white Champ, the more I thought, ‘yeah,that IS a nice-lookin’ airplane’.I removed the For Sale signs.Sell the Champ and buy a (heavens !) Cub ??? What was I thinking ? Thanks for saving me from making that mistake. Dave Griffith

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