Jul 2017 Don’t Cry Because It’s Over
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Â Dr. Seuss
After 7 nights at AirVenture I’m back home in Indy today, reacquainting myself with air-conditioning, a private shower, and my lonely husband. 😉 Â Coming home is sweet but oh-my-gosh, it was an incredible week. The flight up and back in my Decathlon, flying loose formation with my friend’s Davis DA-2A, was enough to get me very comfortable in this new bird. With three new airport landings on the way up, entry at RIPON and a hard right turn at FISK, when the pink shirt announced “land on the Yellow Dot” by gosh, I landed on the Yellow Dot. Success!!
Bethany Root Memorial.
In the Warbirds area, Â Sharon Tinkler and I came across a simple, heartfelt memorial to Vlado Lenoch and LLT member Bethany Root. They both died unexpectedly in a P-51 accident in Kansas just 2 weeks ago. Under different circumstances, Vlado’s P51, Baby Duck, would have spent the entire week of AirVenture in or near this tie-down space. Â It’s been little more than a month since I received this message from Bethany.“Finally, I have reached a place in my career/life in which I can participate a bit more. If you are able to make it out to K59 we would love to have you there. A lot has changed at this historic town airport in just the past year. If you are traveling through at all on your way to Oshkosh my home has a couple of bedrooms if anyone would like or need a place to stay overnight.”Look forward to seeing you in the future,Bethany Root
Fabulous week at AirVenture. Wonderful flights both directions accompanied with Dennis Hutchinson in his Davis DA-2A. And what are the odds of landing to refuel at an airport where there happens to be another very rare Davis DA-2A based? Only 12 are flying in the entire U. S. I’ll tell you – it’s astronomical.