The Meyers crew had a great time at Flabob, incluing a trip to the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, a maintenance session with Al Halloway (who rebuilt the engine in Chuck's Meyers), an awards dinner at the EAA Chapter I hangar where our crew received the acclaimed "Tired Butt" honors, Chuck received the Flagship Award for the Best Meyers OTW in attendance, a fund-raising auction conducted by Marv, and lots of laughs with old and new friends. Meyers owner Dean Siracusa shared with additional photos of the fly-in.
Al Halloway conducting an expert maintenance session at the Fly-In.
Three ship Meyers formation on departure from Flabob.
Our crew departed Flabob Sunday June 15th and flew in outstanding conditions to Buckeye to overnight and relax all day today at the "Milton Hilton." Jim's propeller was causing vibrations throughout his aircraft, so Becky shipped a new propeller from Iowa which was installed Tuesday morning. The crew retraced their original flight path on the homeward journey, proceeding from Buckeye to Casa Grande to thank guardian angels Pat Robertson and her daughters for their help on the trip out.
The crew departed on schedule to Casa Grande and stayed with Pat Robertson after buzzing her farm to let her know they were on the way. Jim and Mike explored the cotton farm, shooting rabbits and whatever else crossed their path (with the exception of the 8 dogs that also make their home here at the cotton farm â€” one of which is a tripod!) Jim's airplane flew smoothly with the new propeller.
At the request of readers here are some photos of Chuck's close call in the desert at Casa Grande.
The guardian angels/rescue squad - The Robertsons, who appeared with cold drinks for the repair operation and hospitality for the night.
Close Call: the gully Chuck neatly avoided.
Three Meyers OTW's left Casa Grande Wednesday morning, following smooches all around from the cotton queen Pat Robertson! (Mikie was quartered in the Barbie Room, not sure about the others!) This cotton farm has been in the family for three generations, and totals over 3,000 acres. The Casa Grande Dispatch Newspaper reported the event.
Flying was tough with winds out of the west and ground speed of 120+ mph at times. The guys "rode hard" and spent the thing in Deming. On Thursday there were four legs flown with 5.4 total hours, from Deming, NM to Big Spring, Texas, following I-10, passing semi's all along the route. Ground speed varied from 70 mph to 105 mph, altitude from 4,500 to 7,000 feet.
Mike split off in Van Horn, Texas, planning to go through Carlsbad and on up to Clovis and home base. Jim and Chuck outran a Texas thundershower on their way into Big Spring, where the planes are were safely hangared out of the storm. Chuck commended Jim on his excellent navigational skills, proudly calling him an "astute airman."
"Miles and Miles" - flying in the desert.
On Friday June 19 the boys reached El Dorado, Kansas, in mostly pleasant, "uneventful" flying. Chuck says this section of Texas landscape looks like the back of a rattlesnake, mottled with depressions and mesas. Possible landing sites are hard to find in this desolate, uninhabited section of America.
Going through El Dorado on the outward journey, our crew met Jo and Todd Peterson who have a business at the El Dorado airport, modifying Cessnas. Jim and Chuck met up with them for dinner and talked aviation and airshows. Chuck said he is happy and energized by this adventure, as he and his crew are making friends across the country, flying long distances in great antique airplanes, and having fun living the aviator's life.
Mike arrived safely in Clovis, where he will spend a day or two, then head on to meet up with Ton Cavenagh and Vicki in Lawton, then on to Tennessee to put his plane to rest for awhile.
Chuck and Jim arrived in Newton Iowa on Saturday June 20 after 4.5 hours of hard flying. The crew is ready for a rest!