Is it time to FLY to a fly-in this weekend? You bet it is!! I’ve got a pancake breakfast on for Saturday and Lee Bottoms Airport’s “Sinful Sunday” (i.e. DELICIOUS home made ice cream sundaes) on for Sunday. All I need is some VFR and I’ll be ready to go! In the summertime I figure anything that needs to get done better be done before the weekend ’cause there’s an airplane in the hangar that won’t be happy unless I’m in it!
I’ve weighed the options many a time; clean toilets, vacuum, dust or …. fly? hmmmm? FLY!! Grocery shop, make dinner, bake petits fours or fly? hmmmmm? FLY! Seems like there was a time way way back when I would actually debate about it but that hasn’t happened for years now. Life is short, summer’s shorter and we only get this day once.
All fly-ins may not be as lush as OK18 but that’s OK, it’s about the people and the planes anyway!Â This next guy’s raising the youngins right flying a Consolidated Vultee STOL, great family fun!!
Of course it’s best if you actually FLY to them but when that’s not possible, load up the car, bring your friends and family and head for the nearest one.
What I love about fly-ins is that they’re NOT airshows!! Airshow’s are a spectator sport! Fly-ins are about you and me, your airplane and my airplane. They happen at a slower pace where you’ve got time for conversation and time to meet new people. See interesting airplanes. Talk to the pilots. Share their excitement and listen as they gush stories about the airplane they love!
And some people still think girls don’t like to fly?!?! Take a look at this next picture and tell me that ladies don’t love the guys that like to fly with them!!
So please don’t waste your weekends away. There’s a gazillion fly-ins this year waiting on you. They’re in every po-dunk little town across America and beyond. You’ll find no strangers there, just free spirited, like minded aviators who’ll be happy you came.
There’s a whole lot of fun waiting to happen to anybody that’s ready to fly! Have a great summer everybody!
If you’d like to see a whole lot more OK18 taildragger fly-in pictures check out the link Mike Sisemore forwarded from his personal collection Â Â https://picasaweb.google.com/psisemore/2011OK18TaildraggerFlyin?authkey=Gv1sRgCP693oeYzsrMMw