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Located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia
Updates from the airport and "Soup-on-Sunday"
"Come Roll on the Grass"
"Grassroots Airport for Grassroots Flying"
"Home of the $100 Hotdog"
Campbell Field Airport &
"Soup-on-Sunday" Updates 2006-2007:
Mike Likavec put together this wonderful slideshow of the summer events at Campbell Field. Thanks Mike!
10/21/2007 Final Flight of Mike Gray: It is with great sadness to announce that our friend, Mike Gray, has passed away. Mike was a regular at "Soup-on-Sunday" where he could always be found hanging out and chatting with his group of Salisbury buddies. He loved aviation and enjoyed being around like minded people. We will miss him but will always remember his ever present smile.
Mike Gray (2nd from right) enjoying the company of his good friends this past September.
10/14/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: Another Sunday, another perfect day. Over 30 aircraft arrived for "Soup-on-Sunday" and flew-in from an especially wide area. We had several aircraft from NJ, PA, DE and NC. But what is most fun about these events is all the interesting people that attend. We had at least one US Air Force Academy graduate, one US Naval Academy Graduate, one US Naval War College graduate and many others who work directly in aviation or in areas related to aviation. A nice group from the Petersburg Pilots Association, Petersburg, VA. attended. We had five Grumman Tigers on the field (including mine). At least my tiger fits in now with its new paint job! Parked up front was a Kitfox and an RV-8, both with interesting paint schemes. It would be hard to pick a favorite but I really liked the North American Navion, the AcroSport II, and the 1955 Piper Super Cub PA-18A. But that would be only if I ignored the Husky and the Maule! I had a great time and hope everyone else had fun and plenty to eat. Don't forget our annual fly-in coming up in just two weeks. Bring your tents and sleeping bags and fly in with your kids as it is "Fly Your Child Day".
Piper Super Cub
Grumman Tiger Kitfox (and man with rabbit ear antennas!)
More future pilots.
Cocker Spaniel receiving departure clearances.
1929 Great Lakes Biplane against a blue sky.
10/8/2007 Airport Activities: Paul Ennis flew his 1939 Ryan Aeronautical ST-A into the field today to swap it with his partner David, who flew in on his 1949 Nord Stampe SV4C Biplane. Paul is based at the Old Salisbury Airport (Ennis Field) in Salisbury, Md. and David is based at the Suffolk Executive Airport in Suffolk VA.
9/30/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: Last day of September wrapped up a month of perfect flying weather. It was a little on the gusty side today but 20+ aircraft flew in for a fun afternoon. More to be updated soon, but we are in the middle of paving the front of the hangar, sealing the driveway and clearing some woods so I have my hands full right now!
Dogs are always welcome!
9/23/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: First day of fall. You would not have known it with temps in the mid 80's! The day started out very hazy with a 10-15 knot wind out of the NE. With the haze, hot temperature, and the fact that over 60 aircraft were here last Sunday I was expecting a very small turnout. I was wrong. Over 20 aircraft arrived (1-twin, 1-amphibian, 1-helicopter and 17+ SEL). Check out some photos of the event here.
Beech Bonanza on Departure
Beautiful 1946 Cessna 140
One of three V-Tail Beech Bonanza's that flew in for the day.
V-Tail Beech Bonanza
Turbo Mooney 231 on Departure
Future Pilot-First Lesson.
Van's Aircraft RV-8
9/16/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: Weekends cannot get much better than this! Beautiful weather, cool planes (and helicopters), and great people! I have been hosting these "Soup-on-Sunday" events for a couple of years now and while it is a lot of work the benefits always far outweigh the effort; and it is the best way to spend a weekend. If you are reading this but did not attend today's event then you missed an amazing day. A record was set that will be hard to beat...55 aircraft and 7 helicopters! The place was packed. Darryl M. Kellam, the man that started this airfield 74 years ago in 1933, would be amazed by the enthusiasm of all these pilots that flew in today. While the costs have increased substantially for general aviation it is clear that additional cost is worth it. I cannot think of another activity that offers as much as general aviation. General aviation offers a learning experience, a recreational activity, a business tool, a means of transportation, and best of all a great way to socialize. Oh, and I almost forgot, for many of us flying is simply an addiction and it really does not matter where the cost of avgas goes. Just don't tell the oil companies that!
Today we welcomed the Virginia Helicopter Association (VHA). Seven Robinson R44 converged on the field and impressed not just the kids and bystanders but had many of the fixed wing pilots checking their bank accounts to see if just maybe they could join the ranks of the VHA. I keep saying "one day" and after talking with the several of the R44 owners and Andy Gibbs, who with a partner, owns the Hampton Roads Executive Airport and though his other company, Hampton Roads Charter Service is an authorized Robinson dealer and helicopter instructor; I might have to look into this helicopter "thing" a little more. The availabillity of training so close by is definately a plus. A few of the VHA members joining us today included Andy Gibbs, Dr. Nichols (his third, mayber fourth trip here); Randy Burdette, Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation (flew in on his Cessna 210 but also owns a Safari Helicopter); and Bob Reid, VHA President.
With 55 aircraft flying in today I hope you forgive me if I don't describe all of them but I think it might be safe to say the we had one of each type. Robert Saltsman flew in from the Baltimore area in his RV-8 with an outstanding paint scheme. He was one of several RV's flying in today. We also had a RV4 and a RV7A (tricycle gear that was just completed). Two Aviat Husky A-1B's flew in; a stunning amphibious Husky and Paul in his sharp looking taildragger Husky. His MT prop was definately the coolest prop on any plane! Ted Smith did some great Barrel Rolls in his Aviat Pitts. Rich out of Virginia Beach flew his Grumman AA-1A "Yankee" over today. I think he was the only Grumman flying in today (besides my AA5B "Tiger" at the field). At least three American Champions flew in including a beautiful "Super Decathalon" from Williamsburg and Mike Ashford from Annapolis (see his video). Two Piper Apaches arrived, one from Accomack (MFV) and the other from Norfolk. Also sited was a Bellanca Super Viking, from the Pocomoke, MD; a Piper Colt that is a regular at the field, and a Maule M-7235b "Super Rocket". Among the Light Sport Aircrafts were a Symphony SA-160, a CGS Hawk from Ray Sawyers STOLport, and a Kolb Mark III. I realize I missed quite a few aircraft so you will just have to fly them back in another weekend!
I hope everyone enjoyed their "roll on the grass" and had plenty to eat. We went through plenty of food so look for me in the aisles of Costco tomorrow replenishing for next weeks "Soup-on-Sunday". I want to thank Ray Gefken for guiding all the planes in and out of there parking spots, Dan Brown for working the grill all day, and especially my wife Christine for helping to prepare and "pull off" each event.
Check out all the photos of today's event here.
Also Check out Mike Likavec photos here (you can always count on Mike for great photos).
More photos of the event are posted here by Dr. Neil Kaye.
A fantastic September day. Light winds, low 70's, and great visibility.
Enjoying the day.
Husky on Floats...what could be more fun.
Bob Dobbs and Mike Ashford. Unexpected reunion: they both retired Eastern Airline pilots and flew together years ago.
Smile says it all!
Robinson R44's (WOW!)
R44 on departure. Notice Ray Gefkens Fisher Ultralight in the background.
Bob Reid's R44 on departure.
8/19/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: While we have not had many events this summer due to the heat, haze and humidity, the events we have had were all well attended. Today's "SOS" was no exception with 15-20 a/c arriving for some good food and conversation despite the weather not being what was forecast. It was supposed to be a clear day with low winds but ended up being around 2-3 thousand overcast and a 10-12 knot wind out of the South. Just north of us in Salisbury, MD (SBY) it was raining and prevented a few aircraft up that way from attending. It just meant more food for us! The first in and one of the last to leave was a beautiful red & white Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser 135 from the Virginia Beach area. Arriving for its first "SOS" was a 1953 Cessna 170B. Its owner is a regular to Campbell Field but recently purchased the a/c to be a companion to his Piper Cub. Among the regulars was a red, white and blue Piper PA-28-180 (nickname: Dimples) based locally at Melfa (MFV), a white 150 and a shiny white Glastar both based at private strips here on the shore, and two CGS Hawks based on a private strip near the VA/MD line. Attending from the Hampton Roads area was a 1969 Piper PA-28-140 and from the New Kent area, a 1967 Cessna 172. This is just a sampling of the a/c on the field today so fly on in yourself if you want to see them all!
Check out this link for some great photos of the days event. We instructed the photographer NOT to take pictures of people while they were eating but he claimed that was simply impossible! People were always eating! Well, I have to admit the corn was good.
I hope everyone had a good time. I will be travelling for the next couple of weeks so the next "SOS" will be in early September.
Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser 135 departing with a crosswind.
1953 Cessna 170B
The "Kids" table!
8/7/2007 See the latest write up on Campbell Field Airport in the Eastern Shore News.
7/4/2007 New Buildings: The popular Onancock Fireman's Carnival succombed to developers after some 70 years and all the buildings and rides were auctioned off. Initially the rides and buildings were to be bought by Bay Creek developer, Dickie Foster and moved to Cape Charles, VA. That did not materialize so the auctioneers were called in and I had the opportunity to buy four of the buildings. Moving them to Campbell Field was no small task but over the course of two full days we moved them with minimal damage down Route 13. Over the next few weeks at least one building will be readied to serve as a pilot lounge and uses for the others will figured out shortly.
7/1/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: We had close to a record turnout for our Independence Day celebration cookout. Approximately 35 aircraft made the trip to Campbell Field under clear skies and low winds. It was a perfect day with unrestricted visibility. Christine and I dusted off the grill this week to serve hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. We typically use the steamer for hot dogs but the change to grilled was nice. Pilots are a hungry bunch but were fed well and after 75 hamburgers, 50 hot dogs, 80 ears of corn and two gallons of chili I hope that they left full.
The first group to arrive was a fun group from the Shannon Airport Breakfast Club. Shannon Airport (EZF) is a great strip just outside of Fredericksburg VA. I have flown in there several times to walk around the historic town full of shops and restaurants. One of the group posted a nice write up on the Vans Air Force site. There is also a collection of photos from the days event posted here. Some of the folks in the Shannon group amused themselves by calling friends around the country and showing off in front of the webcam! With the weather we had I am sure that all the computer bound arm chair pilots wished that they were here. As soon as the clock struck twelve it the airspace above Campbell Field became congested with flying machines. However, the pilots turned the congestion into an orderly procession and there was no need to "stack 'em, pack 'em, and rack 'em" (line from Die Hard-2).
Flying in for the second time from MD was Paul and his Phantom Ultralight. I also own a Phantom and find it to be an incredible ultralight with lots of power and agility. After his first visit Paul posted a great album of photos. They are from the Memorial Day "Soup-on-Sunday". One of my favorite planes of the day was the Steen Skybolt acrobatic plane that came in with the group from Shannon. Other planes included a Van's RV-6 and RV-6A, a Robinson R-44 Helicopter (piloted by the 2006 Country Doctor of the Year, who serves the Tangier Island community), an Aeronca Champ, at least two Piper Cubs, a bevy of Cessna's and Pipers, and my all time favorite, 1929 Great Lakes 2T-1 "Menasco Special" piloted by Paul Ennis.
Due to vacation and AirVenture there will not be another July event. But come August we will be back up and running (or flying)! See you all then.
6/22/2007 Sentimental Journey: I missed it this year but wanted to pass along a great writeup by PilotBill.com. It is a must read of the famous Piper Fly-In in Lockhaven, PA.
6/16/2007 Juneteenth Celebration: Coming Soon!
6/2/2007 Wings & Wheels at SFQ: Coming Soon!
5/27/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: While I am preparing the late write up check out these photos and write up courtesy of PilotBill.com. Bill, out of Severna Park, Md., flies a yellow American Champion 7 Citabria and is in the midst of building a Van's RV-7. His website is full of great writeups of his flying adventures all over the US as well as his RV-7 build documentation.
5/20/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: Coming Soon!
Sun 'n Fun: Attendees of the 33rd annual fly-in enjoyed great
weather over the entire fly-in. After a great flight down
Virginia and a few nights in Merritt Island, FL. I arrived in Lakeland
on Monday the 16th. I was not the first to arrive but, due to
severe weather along the east coast, there were far fewer arrivals than
last year. I camped a total of eight nights in the GAC area
was the second to last plane to leave on Tuesday the 18th. I
would have been the last to leave but I was much quicker packing my
Grumman Tiger than the other aircraft containing a family of
four. While the week started off slowly the aircraft flowed
quickly as the week progressed and was just about full by the
volunteered for a couple of days at the EAA Member Village and was
fortunate to be stationed next to Charlie Becker of EAA Aviation
Services. Charlie is an expert on rules and regulations of
upcoming deadline to transition your FAT ultralight to E-LSA
status. I was able to learn a lot and my immediate to-do list
includes transitioning my two ultralights to E-LSA status. I
bought two of the EAA E-LSA conversion kits
that are available at $12.99 (member price). **I am going to
to have some for sale at the Suffolk Fly-In on June 2nd...more info
Department of Aviation
had a full display on site promoting aviation and tourism in the
Commonwealth. North Carolina was the only other state
at the fly-in.
While the Virginia Flag was at half mast due to the tragedy in Blacksburg, Director Randy Burdette, Carolyn Toth, Morgan Harris and Seth Dye worked hard to promote all the good things Virginia has to offer.
the week I bumped into numerous pilots from Virginia and the Mid
Atlantic region. Many had flown into Campbell Field and I was
able to convince many more to make the hop across the Cheasapeake for a
"roll on the grass". The Eastern Shore of Virginia was also
represented with at least 10 aviators making the trip
again Sun 'n Fun did not
disappoint and as the name implies I had my fill of both.
a few of my many photos of
the trip below:
Seth Dye , Public Relations Specialist for the Virginia Department of Aviation watches an afternoon airshow.
One of the many hands on workshops at Sun 'n Fun.
Soup-on-Sunday: We had a nice showing of 18+
aircraft. Weather was comfortable but very windy, with gusts
to 28 knots. Luckily the wind was directly down runway 03 and
talented bunch of pilots had no problems. Stealing the show
great group from EAA Chapter 186 out of Manassas and Warrenton
Virginia. This is there second time making the trip over as a
I will update this update with more info and photos soon!
I would like to thank all the people who wrote letters to the
Northampton County Planning Commission regarding the proposed change in
land use adjacent to Campbell Field. The responses were all
articulate and were all reviewed by the planning
commission. At one meeting the planning commission member for
this area even commented that she had received letters from pilots from
New York to the Carolinas and was impressed with the outpouring of
support for this little airport. The great news is that the
planning commission did listen and voted to keep the agricultural land
out of the proposed hamlet. I am glad we have such a great
of pilots that take the time to participate and stay
next task is to comment on the
"Next Generation Air Transportation System Financing Act of
2007". Please contact:
is a member of the Transportation &
which has jurisdiction over the FAA and will likely be the first to act
on the FAA funding issue. Campbell Field Airport is in her district.
Ask her to reject any fuel tax increase and not implement
fees for any segment of aviation. For more information see
from AOPA's Phil Boyer and to AOPA.org or EAA.org.
1/18/2007 Hanover County Airport: I spent a few hours here waiting out weather and was treated like a king by the local FBO, Heart of Virginia Aviation. If there is ever a contest for classiest FBO courtesy car Heart of Virginia Aviation will certainly get my vote. Who can beat a Mercedes C230 Kompressor? If you are going to be stuck somewhere make sure it is Hanover County Airport. Lots of restaurants and shopping nearby and you get to travel the roads in style.
Best courtesy car (fast too!).
1/14/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: You are probably reading this and wondering "I thought it was cancelled". The forecast was wrong so "Soup-on-Sunday" went on as scheduled. Due to the prior cancellation only eight aircraft flew in but they were a fun group and we spent most of the afternoon discussing every topic, yes, even Ohio's Amish country. The weather was incredible! We hit a high of 69.1 degrees. Not bad for the middle of January.
Flying in was a Cessna 182 and a Piper Cherokee both based at Chesapeake (CPK), two RV-8's out of Easton, MD., a Cessna 152 based on the Eastern Shore, and three aircraft from Salisbury, MD (SBY). As a special treat we had a 1906 Buick drive in! Sorry to those that missed due to the cancellation notice but remember, it pays to check the website for changes every Sunday.
highlight of the day was going for a ride in Bruce Raymond's exquisite
RV-8. It is a beautiful machine and flies
executed a axial roll and a barrell roll
during our trip around the Eastern Shore.
1/7/2007 Soup-on-Sunday: I realize I am falling behind on the "Soup-on-Sunday" updates. Yes, very behind. I will catch up. I gave no notice of this weeks fly-in due to the forecast for lousy weather. Well, it ended up being a great day and about 12 aircraft made the trip in, including the two RV's pictured below. They arrived in tight formation then made some spectacular formation fly-by's on departure. At least two Beech A23 Musketter/Sundowners flew in, a Bellanca Super Viking (17-30), several Cessna 172's and a Piper Apache (twin engined).
RV-6 blasting off.
U.S. Air Force sent in a RV-6 to make sure the Chili was HOT!
Soup-on-Sunday: The last flight of the year on new years eve
brought in a large crowd of 25 aircraft. I was not really
how many would come in today due to other new years obligations but I
was prepared and I think everyone had a great time and left with a full
stomach. We were fortunate to be visited by a 10 or so
from Warrenton-Fauquier Airport (W66)
in Warrenton, VA. Warrenton is 20 or so miles SW of
D.C. and many of the pilots that arrived work or live in the D.C.
area. Pilot Wayne Bressler posted some great photos of the
flying on his website, TaildraggersInc.com.
The group included several RV-8's, a Thorp T18, Grumman Tiger (the only
tricycle of the bunch), Super Decathlon, Aviat Husky, a Citabria and
two really cool Kitfox's, a series 4 and a series 6.
after the Warrenton crowd departed a group from Salisbury, MD (SBY)
landed. I guess they heard on the CTAF
(122.8) that there was still some food left! In addition we
few aircraft from Norfolk (ORF),Chesapeake (CPK) and Accomack (MFV).
RV's in perfect formation.
RV-8 pulling up after a low (FOD check) fly-by.
Kitfox IV on departure. Love the paint!
Just a Kitfox in a 90 degree bank!
Grumman AA5B Tiger (front) and a RV (rear) departing.
Soup-on-Sunday: A great day to fly! Over 30 aircraft flew in
enjoy the balmy December weather. Winds were 10 knots right
runway 23 making for some very pretty landings. The high
temperature was 62 degrees at the field. For photos of
this link. 11/4-5/2006
3rd Annual Fly-In: Thank you!
12/17/2006 Soup-on-Sunday: A great day to fly! Over 30 aircraft flew in to enjoy the balmy December weather. Winds were 10 knots right down runway 23 making for some very pretty landings. The high temperature was 62 degrees at the field. For photos of today's Soup-on-Sunday follow this link.
11/4-5/2006 3rd Annual Fly-In: Thank you!
We had a
great time and hope all of you did to. We had almost 90
fly-in over the weekend, 8-10 under the wing campers who braved the 29
degree temperatures, consumed 100 hamburgers, 100 sausages, countless
pancakes, 150 hotdogs and lots of muffins, cakes, cookies, salads, etc.
We had a great time and hope all of you did to. We had almost 90 aircraft fly-in over the weekend, 8-10 under the wing campers who braved the 29 degree temperatures, consumed 100 hamburgers, 100 sausages, countless pancakes, 150 hotdogs and lots of muffins, cakes, cookies, salads, etc.
Congratulations to the winners of the spot landing contest:
First Place-Bruce Raymond in his RV.
Second Place-Greg Caitto in his
While the action was intense Bruce Raymond sealed his win on his first landing that literally obliterated the spot. His third and final landing, while not as pretty, also nailed it. See the link for photos below to see a great shot of Bruce's first landing. A big thank you to our Judge, Mr. Lee Lamm A&P/IA.
Judge Lee Lamm and his assistant Eliana survey the field.
Rob Dant wishing his gear was a little longer.
Bruce Raymond obliterates the spot and secures 1st place.
Bruce Raymond accepts his 1st place award from Lee Lamm (l) and yours truly (r).
Walt Weaver and his grandson Justin arrived at the fly-in in Walt's 1952 Cessna 170. Justin jumped right in to help keep the food lines short and proved to be a great cook. Thanks! (And we need you back next year!)
Eliana was up bright and early to feed the campers.
For many more photos of the event follow this link.
I would like to thank a few people for helping with the event:
10/15/2006 Soup-on-Sunday: Probably the prettiest flying day of the year. Clear skies, little wind and comfortable temperatures. At least 24 aircraft and pilots took advantage of the nice day and flew in for some hot dogs, chili and great conversation.
Two of the pilots were Paul and Ellie Ennis, flying in from Ennis Aerodrome (old Salisbury Airport) in Salisbury, Md. He flew in on a 1929 Great Lakes 2T-1 “Menasco Special” and she in a 1946 J3 C-65 Piper Cub. Every week we get interesting planes at Campbell Field but to have a Great Lakes land here was really special. I am not sure how many Great Lakes are even in existence these days but I can tell you that this one is in better condition than the day (77 years ago) it came off the factory floor. Paul told me that the plane has been in his family since it was new, originally purchased by his father for use by the “Black Cat Flying Club” at Roosevelt Field, New York. The aircraft has traveled to many parts of the country during its lifetime, has been fully restored three times, and carried the first airmail from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Baltimore. Follow this link for a fascinating history of the aircraft written by Paul Ennis.
On a side note, the Ennis Aerodrome (old Salisbury Airport) has a history similar to Campbell Field (old Kellam Field). Mr. Ennis Sr. founded the Salisbury Airport in 1934 while Darryl Kellam started operations at Kellam Field in 1933. Salisbury Airport was the first licensed airport on the Eastern Shore of Maryland while Kellam Field was the first licensed airport on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Owners Kellam and Ennis were good friends and visited each others airport regularly. Lastly, but most importantly, after all these years both airports are alive and well, have not been turned into shopping malls (fate of Roosevelt Field, the Great Lakes first home), and both are still supporting grass roots aviation and attracting tail draggers of all sorts to their grass runways.
Besides the two antique aircraft mentioned above, we were visited by a 1984 Yakovlev Yak-50 (360hp) based in New Bern, N.C. I say visited because if he had guns mounted he would now occupy Campbell Field. He demonstrated the agility of the Yak through short takeoffs, steep climbs and dives (the 400hp version will climb at 5000ft/min!). He also demonstrated how thirsty the Yak is and had to make an extra fuel stop at MFV before heading home. After watching this plane fly I can see why it has been a World Aerobatic Champion. Thanks Mark for the great exhibition!
Also to arrive were a Cessna 180 Skywagon and a Stinson 108-2 Station Wagon. Both of those planes are based in New Bern, N.C. and arrived in formation with the Yak. Other Cessna taildraggers included a shiny red 140 from Salisbury and a 1977 180K from West Virginia. The 180K was the last model 180 that Cessna produced. It has a stronger gear and a higher gross. We are not done with taildraggers! A great looking blue and white 1967 Citabria 7ECA from Maryland arrived, then a pair of “Soup-on-Sunday” regulars came down from Sawyers STOLport in their CGS Hawks, and finally a Piper PA-22-108 Colt.
Yes, we did have some tricycle gear aircraft! They included a Cessna 172 out of Williamsburg, VA., a Piper PA-22-108 Colt (This one was a tricycle gear), and a Piper PA-24-250 Comanche out of Maryland.
I had a great afternoon and I hope everyone else did too. Hope for good weather this coming Sunday and I will see you then.
Two Antique Aircraft
1929 Great Lakes 2T-1 "Menasco Special"
1946 Piper J3 Cub
Line of Taildraggers
Where should I go in my Yak?
Pilots doing what they do best....telling lies!
"Honey, you should consider buying a Yak."
Barrel rolls in the Pitts S-2A under clear skies.
225 Foot Takeoff Roll in the Yak-50
Instrument Panel of the Yak-50
Stinson 108 & Cessna 180
9/30/2006 & 10/1/2006 Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In
9/10/2006 Soup-on-Sunday: Very hazy weather led to a small turnout. A total of seven planes arrived. Some of the planes included a Cessna 150 from the Hampton Roads area, a Cessna Skyhawk 172 out of Norfolk (ORF), a Cessna 182 based out of Chesterfield County Airport (FCI), a Cessna 177 Cardinal and a 1947 108-3 Stinson Flying Station Wagon based at Hanover County Airport (OFP). We all had a great afternoon and the hazy flight home, especially across the Chesapeake Bay, made for some good instrument practice. One pilot told me that you "could'nt see your hand in front of your face over the bay". For the Stinson that meant relying on the needle, ball, compass & altimeter. Once again the photos will show that I am a little biased. While I like all planes those Stinson's really impress me.
Planes on departure
Notice the Becker com radios on the left side.
Six cylinder Franklin in a clean engine compartment.
Stinson 108-3 departing.
9/6/2006 Cropdusting: There are two cropdusters left on the Eastern Shore and the wet conditions caused by Tropical Storm Ernesto has kept them busy the last few days. With worms invading the soybean crops and the soil to wet to spray from trucks the only way left is using an airplane. As these pictures prove it makes for a neat show.
9/1/2006 Tropical Storm Ernesto: The storm blew in early Friday morning and by 9am winds were a steady 30mph with gusts over 40mph. The highest gust recorded was 54mph. Total rainfall for the storm was 8.72 inches with 7.77 inches falling over a 12 hour span on Friday. During one 15 minute time period the rain was falling at a rate of an amazing 5 inches/per hour! There was some minor flooding but the drains I installed worked very well and the airport was dry by Saturday morning. Some parts of the Eastern Shore were badly flooded with several road washouts and many crops lost.
Sometimes good things come in pairs. That became
evident when two Van's RV-6's flew down the runway,
and later, with the arrival of two Stinson 108 Flying Station Wagons.
Despite the hot, hazy and humid conditions 16 aircraft flew
in for some hot dogs and chilli. A Cessna 182G Skylane was the first
to arrive. It had shiny new paint, three blade prop and a STOL kit and is based at W50
in Laytonsville, MD. Then the pair of RV-6's arrived from
the Front Royal, VA area with a clearing pass to check for FOD.
Other planes to arrive included the two Stinson's out of
Cherry Point, NC., a vintage Cessna 140, a Piper Comanche from just North of
Salisbury MD., a Piper Warrior from Cheasapeake
VA., a Beechcraft Bonanza from Western
VA, and a CGS Hawk based at Sawyer STOLport
on the VA/MD line. If you missed the fun I hope you caught
the action on our live webcam.
Today was a great warmup for the fall flying season and I'm
you are all looking forward to those cooler temperatures.
Some pictures of 8/27/2006 Soup-on-Sunday:
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