Program Meeting at 6:30PM DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport on Monday, October 14
What a day this was going to be! I was looking forward to this weekend since I first began looking at the projected weather a week earlier, hoping the forecasts would remain true, and today, well, today was going to be another wonderful day to be flying! The previous day I flew to Koerner’s (3KK), to be part of their annual hog roast/open house. On this beautiful morning I would make another flight, to Hinckley Airport (OC2) for a pancake breakfast hosted by Allen Abel and EAA Chapter 241.
I departed from Lansing, IL(IGQ) flying west then northwest to Hinckley(OC2), just outside of the Chicago Mode C veil since my airplane, a 1938 Luscombe wasn’t designed with an electrical system. Along the way I took a few photos with an old iPhone (note to self, do a better job cleaning windows before leaving).
Switching to the OC2 CTAF about 15 miles away I wasn’t surprised by the traffic activity transmitting on a morning like this. Sitting a bit taller in the seat I sequenced myself into the mix of aircraft and then made a pretty good landing on the grass runway (I could feel the eyes of contemporaries watching).
I followed the flag person to a parking spot and secured the airplane. But I have to say, the excitement I had as I saw what was around me, was…well, I felt like a kid who had just taken his first airplane ride. There were more airplanes parked than cars parked! Of course, I had to look at all of them, taking photos as I walked the rows of airplanes. I had read about most of these airplanes and even mentally placed one or two on my “bucket wish list” of airplanes to fly or perhaps own (where are the raffle tickets to fly these planes?). Breakfast would be delayed a bit longer for me this morning as I walked and just kept saying, “wow” as yet another airplane caused me to pause.
Sticking my nose in a few open hangar doors I saw some really beautiful hi-tech sailplanes which are based at OC2. I also saw a few, well to me anyway, rare airplanes. A Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann well on its way to completion was sitting proudly on its landing gear. Another hangar revealed a Monocoupe in the early stages of restoration. Yet another hangar held a newly finished Sonex which also did some flybys to the delight of those who were eating outside watching the flow of airplanes passing.
Of the airplanes that flew in, three caused me to pause, walk around, peek into the cockpit, step back and take some photos. A Cessna 190/195 Businessliner (I didn’t check which engine it had), a Ryan STA which has a Menanso engine and a 7/8ths. Scale S.E. 5a!
Deciding I better get breakfast before the last pancakes are served, I finally stepped into line for breakfast, which was pretty good! Talking with friends throughout the morning, enjoying a good breakfast, watching airplanes flyby in perfect weather, well, how does it get any better for those who love airplanes or love to fly them? “Intoxicating” is a good word which describes the feeling pretty well. If there was a disappointment, albeit, a small one, and it’s purely selfishness on my part, it’s that I didn’t win anything with the raffles. But I am happy for those that did win…really… I am!
I stayed to help with the cleanup duties. With plenty of willing bodies, even this task went smoothly and quickly. I know this is a lot of work to prepare for twice a year, and so, from everyone who attended, a loud heart felt THANK YOU!!! to those that put on this event! It was just the perfect day!
albert dyer october 2013 02C