Sun ‘N Fun 2010 Wednesday!

It was another windy start on Wednesday and it never really let up, gusting to 28 mph from 070.  It sure put a damper on arriving Champs, Chiefs, Luscombes … well, you get the idea – any of the low & slow varieties hardly had a chance of making it in on Wednesday.  I haven’t heard any official numbers but attendance had to be on the light side. The Entry Gate – just to make you feel like you’re here! You really can do Sun ‘N Fun in two good days since it just doesn’t cover as much ground as Oshkosh.  Of course, planes are coming and going all the time so the adventure is seeing who’s there now that wasn’t there yesterday. Pete and Jeanne Reed’s green & cream Stearman is first in this Stearman  line up (thanks for identifying the owners, Susan) We carried our brand spanking new, light weight, folding camp stools and parked ourselves by the flight line just watching the amazing assortment of planes landing and taking off.  We should have had big numbers to hold up and score how they did fighting the wind! Rides in a New Standard bi-plane on aux grass strip As you might guess, RV’s were conspicuously in abundance. RV8 in the company of many more RVs! I found this Mullicoupe parked in the IAC area. I had to jump in this picture of the Mullicoupe, a Jim Younkin & Bud Dake design Here’s something you never see – a Callair or this sign!  This one was on the cover of Flying Magazine in 1950! Callair 4 place – yes it really does say “Please Touch”! The west end of 090 aux grass was the perfect spot to hang out and watch. S2C forward slipping on short final to the grass! I was so happy to finally meet aviation writer, Sparky Barnes Sargent, who I just happened to bump into in Vintage Aircraft. And what a great backdrop for my picture with Sparky Barnes Sargent – Jack Hill’s gorgeous Waco! This may be my last post from Lakeland – I seem to have come down with a bad cold or maybe the flu… just going to wait till tomorrow and see how it goes.  Glad I got to be here, either way!...

Sun ‘N Fun 2010 Blog, Opening day, Tuesday!

It was a great opening day at Sun ‘N Fun, Lakeland, Florida, although I’m sure the strong winds presented some problems for lighter aircraft.  Since we landed at Kissimmee yesterday and drove over today, I didn’t check the official weather today but can tell you the winds were awful.  Probably gusting to 22 – 25 mph which may not be too much for a tricycle gear aircraft or the warbirds but for most of the vintage taildraggers it’s just too much.  Winds aside, we’re finally here and having a great time.  Here are a few pics of our first big day! So walking through the gate we ran into our friends Dean & Scott. Dean & Scott Spencer with Dean’s  new LSA Aero Trek  Light Sport Aircraft Great place to meet friends… Welcome to the Vintage Aircraft Club I loved meeting this little lady and hope to get to know her better! Kate Macario with her Cessna 195 Should I tell you about the DIRTY feet you get walking endlessly around Sun ‘N Fun?! (lucky for you, no picture!) BT13 starting the row of T6s Interesting, fun people everywhere you look. Happy group of guys with Piper PA18 Super Cub with tundra tires And all kinds of exhibits and airplanes you can check out up close and personal. Here I am drooling over a Cub Crafters on floats! And if you’re from anywhere but Florida, you’ll love wondering around the grounds taking in views like these. A glimpse of what you see from LSA display to flight line! Sad shot of the airshow opening ceremony….. A not too great shot of the airshow kick-off! If you happen to love Aeroncas like I do, then join the Fearless Aeronca Aviators list…. Three of the guys from the Fearless Aeronca Aviators List having a great time! These guys landed in horrific winds at Lakeland and managed to taxi and tie them down with no problems.  They tell me 4 other aircraft, none of which were taildraggers, weren’t quite so lucky landing at Sun ‘N Fun. Here’s a better shot of the 3 Aeroncas And I’m learning that all the good ones aren’t necessarily taildraggers!! Judy with the Comanche guys, Dave Maddox & Wayne McCullough...

August 13, 14 & 15 2010 Lady Taildraggers Summer Fly-in

1st Ever Lady Taildraggers Fly-in Friday, Sat. & Sun. August 13, 14 & 15, 2010 Rain Date following weekend Moraine Airpark (I73), Dayton, Ohio Ladies Love Taildraggers’ Judy Birchler and Susan Theodorelos, Waco owner and lady taildragger, are happy to announce the first ever Lady Taildraggers fly-in!  Mark your calendars… schedule some vacation time……  gather your friends……. and head for Ohio this summer. For all the details click here: Fly-in Info Fly-in location “Moraine Airpark”, Dayton, OH Susan has VERY generously volunteered to host the gathering  and says, ” We have a biiiiiig hangar on the west end of the field with lots of green grass out in front of our hangar that we can all tie down right opposite the hangar. We’ve got a BIG party grill for BBQ’ing — we can fly-out to breakfast at any number of close locales for breakfast on Saturday.” Camping on field If there is any interest at all — I can make arrangements for us to fly up to the Waco Museum in Troy for lunch or something like that if it strikes anyone’s fancy — or heck, we can just sit around under wings and catch up on the summer!!  We had 9 airplanes in our hangar one weekend — plus there are a few extra hangars not being used at the moment, so we would have some room if a t-storm should pop up along the way. There are plenty of hotels nearby — or if you like — bring your tent and pitch it alongside your baby. We have a bathroom in our hangar (no shower, unfortunately — I’m certainly going to have to remedy THAT!) but we can make arrangements for that. Fly in to Moraine Airpark!! For anyone that would like a rental car, we can make arrangements with a local car rental place to have cars on the field when you arrive. So let us know what you think! If you plan on attending … post a comment here and we can all figure out some details. You can also visit our FORUM and click on “Let’s Have a Fly-in!!!” where everyone can chat about the big event.  Susan has already warned all the “guys” at the airport – THEY will be in charge of cooking the food while WE fly!! We all can do a little of this – just like Susan in her Waco!! We certainly know there are lots of people living a long way away that won’t be able to make it — but hey — gather the ladies where you are — Susan says she has enough geeky computer friends she can even set up a web cam or something! from Judy…. and from Susan… …….plan now to attend the Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-in!!...

Eastern Tennessee Fly-In in a Cubcrafters Sport Cub S2

Diana Votaw is based at KSAR, Sparta Airport in MO and sent these pictures from her  flight to the East Tennessee Fall Fly-In.   “The weather was pretty good and had great flying in and around Elizabethton, TN.” Trip to TN was fantastic. Weather on Monday was great for the flight down. No trouble. I met my Mom and we had a great day. Then Tuesday was rainy and I spent the day taking care of “honeydos” around the house. Tuesday night Dave surprised me with a drive down to stay and fly a couple of days. Wednesday we did a great hike by a waterfall that my Mom likes (she also likes the out of doors – but gets all kinds of motion sickness so no flying). Then we went flying in the afternoon. I was contacted by a local guy (Brett) that I met last year for some tailwheel instruction!! YEA!! I got to write the trip off on my taxes!! Thursday another guy coming to the flyin came and we flew to a couple of grass strips! Great fun. My first 600 foot grass strip uphill at full gross (Dave was in the back). Saturday was again kinda rainy so we did home stuff until late when we went flying again!  Flight back on Sunday was met with low ceilings in the morning and waiting for them to clear. I left about 10:30 or so, and had to scud run up Cumberland pass to break out in the clear. Visibility was quite good, ceilings just a bit low for hopping over the mountains....

2009 Blakesburg Fly-in

From Travis Gregory on the Fearless Aeronca Aviators list, “This is quite artistic and turn up your sound for a Great Moody Blues classic. You”ll like this, trust me.”...

Fly/In Drive/In 2010 at Marion, IN

Saturday, Sept. 5:  Ray & Judy Johnson hosted the Fly/In Drive/In (for the 19th time)  and if you were there, you know it was a great time and a beautiful day.  I flew the Champ in with my very relaxed husband looking for traffic from the rear.   A very generous resident pilot and owner of a large hangar provided a  BBQ  dinner on Friday night  for all the earlybirds like us,  the B-17 crew, and the Pulse owners & enthusiasts. (if you know who this guy is send me a note so I can post here and thank him).    Friday evening was clear and calm and several of us were up buzzing around having fun and giving rides.   They’re pointing to the HOT PINK  www.LadiesLoveTaildraggers.com sign hanging on my prop!! I sure wish I had aerial photos of  all the airplanes, Pulses, cars & people to show you but here are a few photos snapped on Saturday....

Some of the colorful tails at Lee Bottoms “Sinful Sunday” August 9

A “must see” Oshkosh AirVenture 2009 Video

If you missed Oshkosh 2009, here’s a great video that will make you regret missing it for sure!...

Midwest Aeronca Festival, Kewanee, IL 2009

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

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