Happy New Year's! May 2012 be your happiest year yet. We'll be out of pocket this weekend with friends and family so this will be our last blog update until 2012. The weather looks great so we hope to get in a bit of flying over the long holiday weekend, too.
We'll leave you with this (not-so-good-quality) picture of Annabelle chasing one of Brian's Christmas presents on Christmas morning; an Air Swimmer shark (which is bound to be hanging around the hangar this weekend).
Signing off for now... have a nice flight, folks!
As a quick heads up, we do NOT have a New Year's Eve hangar party planned. We thought we'd try a change and plan out something bigger during the summer. Hopefully the warmer weather will make it easier for more to attend. We'll keep you posted as we work out the details.
We hope your holidays are going fabulously. We celebrated Christmas this weekend with plenty of food, some fun gifts (although Annabelle has destroyed or eaten most of her presents already), and a solid Playstation marathon. And now it's time to look forward to 2012. If you're a resolution-maker like me, now's the time to start thinking of what you'll resolve to do (or not do) this next year. Or, you could just wing it. :)
Brian and I are taking a break for the holiday and wish you all a very happy Christmas (or Hanukah or Kwanzaa). Whatever your beliefs, we wish for you happiness and peace.
Do you get frustrated thinking of decorating ideas for Christmas each year? Well, frustrate no more. Matthew (AKA Merlin) sent us some great photos... these folks get kudos for not only having the coolest ideas but in carrying those ideas out with style.
Since today is the shortest day of the year, you'd better hurry to get your decorations up. :)
It's always chaotic right before the holidays. For a stress relief break, here's a fun holiday video for you with two of the greatest pilots of all time... Baron von Richthofen and... Snoopy!
From Shane Vande Voort, KPEA's President / Airport Manager:
As you know we at Classic Aviation love to celebrate our freedom to fly each year on the anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight, December 17th. This year the 17th falls on a Saturday so we wanted to do something to share the fun with you. So come out to Classic Aviation on this Saturday, December 17 and have a bowl of chili on us! Classic Aviation staff will be serving chili from 11:30am to 1:30 pm, and there will be lots of ways to have fun.Tell your friends, and fly or drive out this Saturday for some winter airport fun!
By Car: 501 West 15th Street, Pella, Iowa, 50219, Exit 40 off 163
By Air: KPEA, CTAF 122. 8, AWOS 118. 87
The weather looks great for this weekend, so hopefully you can make it to the fly-in (via plane or car). Brian and I will be showing off the tri-champ at Manchester (KC27) for a family Christmas.
Sorry for the late post. We had a full weekend in Nebraska and just now getting caught up. The Sawhills and we headed out to Nebraska Friday afternoon to meet the Sokolowskis and then it was off to the One-Eyed Dog saloon for drinks. Saturday was spent checking out the new aviation exhibit at the Nebraska museum and doing a bit of antique shopping. Sunday was even more packed, starting with a quick stop at a WWII museum/shop and then it was off to the SAC (Strategic Air Command) museum, which is huge and awesome. If you plan to go, be sure to set aside a full day - there's that much to see. Here's a few pics from the weekend. Enjoy!
The Wonder Twins ready for a big day
The cool SR71 Blackbird you'd see walking into the SAC museum
The B1 Lancer (I think) at the SAC museum
A glimpse at one of the two huge hangars at the SAC museum. It makes the Albatross look tiny!
First, let's all take our hats off in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. Let us never forget those who served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice through their service. And, don't forget to support those who still serve today. Every single person in the military is a hero in my book.
While we're at it, Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H (one of my favorite tv shows of all time) died this morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96. His son Charles confirmed his death, saying his father had been treated for pneumonia recently. We'll miss you, Colonel.
"Listen, Radar, I guess you realize I'm kinda fond of you. Lord knows I've never met a soul I could depend on more, but above all that, you've been a damn good friend. Well, friend, it's time we said goodbye. Time you got on with your life. You've come as far as you can go here. You've earned your wings...now you've gotta fly." (final M*A*S*H episode)