The leaves are turning color and the temperatures are falling. It's that time of year again... time to tuck in the Stearman for the winter, time to think about doing annuals, and time to catch up on unfinished projects. But not quite yet. We're keeping our fingers crossed that we'll get a couple more gorgeous flying days before Old Man Winter stops by to visit.
This past weekend started off with a Stearman charity flight (Jim of Dubuque had won the flight in a silent auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald house). It was fun, Jim and his wife were great, and doing these rides is something we really enjoy.
On Saturday we flew to Manchester (C27) to visit my family. On the way over, a jet airliner flew directly overhead climbing out of Cedar Rapids. Dang - I missed the perfect photo op! Maybe next time...
Things got a little wild at Jim's RV party when Jeff Beckley started up his lightweight RC "vapor" airplane and began to buzz around our heads, narrowly missing some and downright plowing into others. With fun like that, Brian decided he had to get one of those for himself. So off to Hobby Haven he went and showed up with a $120 toy that weighs a mighty .4 oz... for its weight, it cost more than gold, but I guess that's normal compared to the cost of anything in the world of aviation. Well, it seems to be worth it: Brian has been flying it around our hangar a lot and so far has landed it on the wing of the Pitts, crashed into the Flybaby's prop (twice), flew through the Stearman's flying wires, and just about decapitated (and really ticked off) the local praying mantis.
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.