Jun 2009 Midwest Aeronca Festival, Kewanee, IL 2009
By Judy Birchler, host of LadiesLoveTaildraggers.com
Champ N7569E flew from Indianapolis to Kewanee, IL Saturday morning against a strong headwind andÂ over a broken layer a shortÂ part of the way. Â I snapped a few pictures and thought I’d share with anyone interested in Aeroncas, slow flight and a good time.
Flight time to Kewanee on Saturday was 3 hours 40 minutes which was slow, but fine with me because I love to fly her, even at 63 mph! Â Luckily that headwind turned into a tailwind the next morning which got us home in 2 hours, 20 minutes. Â My husband loved flying that leg of the trip because it’s not often you see 126 mph on the GPS.
We met some nice folks at Kewanee including fun & helpful FBO owners Dale & Debra Lindstrom, pilots Sarah & Dave Allen, aviation photographer extraordinaire David Frye, and 7AC Champ pilot/owner Dave Griffith.
Also got reacquainted with event organizer and brand new daddy, Jody Wittmeyer.
Sorry to say the weather didn’t cooperate on Sunday morning.Â With rain and thunderstorms moving in we decided to pass on the fly out breakfast and get on the way while we still could.Â Thanks, Jody, for organizing your event, putting on a spread of food, providing cars and making it all possible!
Dave GriffithPosted at 19:13h, 27 June
Judy, You showed me the error of my ways ! The more I looked at my red and white Champ, the more I thought, ‘yeah,that IS a nice-lookin’ airplane’.I removed the For Sale signs.Sell the Champ and buy a (heavens !) Cub ??? What was I thinking ? Thanks for saving me from making that mistake. Dave Griffith