Route: 40I, Local
Weather: Clear, 84 degrees, wind 120 degrees at 3 knots
Pilot friend Rob (who used to blog about his aerial exploits) emailed me months ago asking if he could stay with us tonight. You see, he's in the midst of a crazy adventure to Oshkosh - riding all 2,015 miles from Philadelphia to Wisconsin and back on his motorcycle! The last time we said hello was when he and Gary flew out to visit nearly two years ago. We said yes to the visit, of course, and have been looking forward to seeing him.
Now if you know anything about me, you know I don't just pass up an opportunity to take a friend up in a J-3. Especially when they're a pilot! So that was the plan for tonight - a little slice of vintage flying in a Cub.
The best part of tonight's flight - getting up close with the Stearman!
Our airplane of choice, shortly before we climbed in and took off
Has a PT-17 ever not looked stately in the sky? I say no.
We had a great view of King's Island
Turning back towards the airport, we saw that the hot air balloons had launched. I climbed up to about 3,000 feet to get level with them and we passed by at a distance, waving the wings as the folks in the basket waved back. Then I handed Rob the stick and he enjoyed having the controls for a little while.
You fly a Cub for the pure and vintage experience, not necessarily to go somewhere!
Passing by a balloon - there were quite a few out flying tonight
Shortly thereafter I re-entered the pattern and touched down softly on the grass. We parked the venerable J-3 in front of its hangar and hopped out, both having enjoyed a perfect summer evening flight. Good times, for sure.
A rare, front-seat view of the takeoff and landing
Flight Track: Google Earth KMZ File
Today's Flight: 1.0 hours
Total Time: 222.8 hours