Woohoo, I made it to OSH!! My buddy Dennis Hutchinson and I flewÂ a 2-ship Saturday from MQJ to OSH; me in my oh-so-gorgeous Decathlon and Dennis in his just completed homebuilt restoration project, a Davis DA-2A. Both birds are patriotic as heck flashing nothing but red white & blue! 🙂
Happy days are here again!
The weather stretching from OSH to my home base at MQJ (central Indiana) has been lousy. Our goal was to depart for OSH at the crack-of-dawn Saturday. Â Friday evening we had a reasonably good forecast that, if it had played out, would have had us landing on a colored dot by noon Saturday. Of course, it didn’t work out as planned, and we had a big thunderstorm rolling through just north of us at sunrise. So we did what good pilots do, sat in the hangar swapping stories Saturday morning and waited it out. At 11:30 a.m. we did one last radar check and deemed ourselves ‘good to go’.
We were able to fly 2500′ initially, steering clear of some low stuff, and the further north we flew, the better it got.
I LOVED this flight!
Quick fuel stop at Jasper County, RZL for Dennis, then N.W. bound.
Next stop: C77, Poplar Grove Airport. This is a favorite fuel stop for pilots heading to OSH and they’ve been super busy the last few days. Kelly Jeffries was on her golf cart and lead us in when we landed at C77, home of the next LADIESLOVETAILDRAGGERS FLY-IN!! Fly-in committee members Tina Thomas, Kelly Jeffries and Mary Lou Erikson posed pretty with me then zipped us around for a special tour of this fantastic airport.
Here’s a tiny peak of one of Tina & Steve Thomas’ hangars at C77, an residential airport community like no other.
Talk about flying blind! Come to the Sept 7 – 10 LadiesLoveTaildraggers flyin and prepare to be amazed.
Now that’s a pretty picture. Decathlon & Davis DA-2A. I’m flying in style with this nose dragger. 🙂
Dennis departing C77. Next stop, an unplanned landing at 61C, Ft. Atkinson Airport, when OSH suddenly closed the field to landings. It was temporary and we were back in the air in no time.
Me departing C77, right on Dennis’ tail. Turns out, if I pushed the pedal to the metal, I could keep up with the Davis.
I hope to meet lots of lady taildragger pilots at AirVenture this week. Here’s our own little list of events happening during the week. Please come! Â LadiesLoveTaildraggers OSH 2017