Brian at the Yard Art project
Aside from the Sully Memorial Day Breakfast Fly-In (which was great but as usual - I forgot to bring my camera), we remained land lubbers most the weekend, taking time to work on various projects around the hangar. Brian and Jeff have been busy covering the interior walls with tin, but they took a break to work on our "yard art" project - laying the concrete for the (very heavy) DC-4 prop Keith Campbell donated. By next week or so we'll have pictures of the completed project for you.
Yep, it's true. I am now the proud owner of my very own airplane. This past week Brian, Sparky, and Duane picked up my "brand new" Stinson 108. It's a little rough around the edges (what do you expect for $100 price tag?), but incredibly the engine still runs! This is a picture of the 108 in front of the corn crib that it called home for the past 25 years. With a lot of elbow grease and a little bit of magic, you'll see a desert pink Stinson 108 dancing across the Iowa skies.
Weather is forecasted to be perfect for flying this weekend... which means the Pella fly-in breakfast Saturday morning should be a full-tarmac. If you fly (or drive) to Pella, it's safe bet you'll see plenty of colorful tulips and parades of people in wooden shoes.
Brian and Rachel Aukes are aviation nuts based in Iowa. They love to fly, and when the weather keeps them on the ground, they love to talk about flying. When they aren't in the air, Brian keeps the airplanes running while Rachel cleans them and keeps this website running.