Wow, I haven’t figured out how it’s even possible but I’ve just spent the last 24 hours happy as heck, melting at near 100 degree temperatures. Must have something to do with talking flying & taildraggers nearly non-stop at the Marion Fly-in/Cruise-In. Laura Stants and her daughter Kaylee flew in Friday evening, hung out a while and joined us for the fish & tenderloin dinner.
Now I think a Citabria’s a pretty great way to get around but Laura always seems to have another aircraft or two up her sleeve :). How about arriving in a T-6!
Mike & Sherry Finney built this gorgeous, scratch built J3 experimental clip wing Cub.
Kathy & Wayne Norris came in Saturday in their Mustang II.
Ray & Judy Johnson who host the fly-in are Pulse owners andÂ enthusiasts and there’s always a big gathering of Â Pulse autocycles. If you think a Pulse resembles an airplane there’s a good reason. It was designed by Jim Bede who’s also designed 18 aircraft including the piston-engined BD-5 pusher and BD-5J mini-jet.
I want to say this next picture is of Linda “taxiing” her Pulse and have to remind myself, “no, she’s driving it”!
I was tickled that Sandy from Cleveland flew her GrummanÂ CheetahÂ over, a 1:42 minute flight. She showed me her Jeppesen flight planning chart which estimated her time en route at 1:41 minutes and were both pretty impressed it only missed it by one minute. I met Sandy at our lady taildraggers flyin a few weeks ago and know it’s just a matter of time before I catch her flying a taildragger!
Friends Sue Sears and Esther WyandtÂ popped in from Indy and it was great to see them. They may not be tailwheelÂ fans but are pretty incredible just the same. Â Both single gals have owned their aircrafts for years – Sue’s had her BeechÂ Musketeer since the late ’70s and Esther a Cherokee 180 since 1967.
Ray Johnson did a little interview with the lady taildraggers at the fly-in. Here’s Kathy Norris, Laura Stants, Ray and me trying to find some shade in front of a Yak on display.
I was happy to see Dale & Marie Dolby’s J-5A, one of 400 still in existence and such a beautiful piece of history.
And lastly, because it was a fly-in/drive-in I have to show you this tiny little 300cc, 14 hp, single cylinder 1958 Isetta.
Can’t you just see yourself driving this around the airport – instead of a golf cart?! 🙂