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Arthur Dunn (X21) Recap

from Thursday, March 3rd, 2022…

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I have included a nice note from Alberto Silva. He, and Elizabeth Martin were our hosts yesterday at Arthur Dunn Airpark (X21). What a great job they did!!! To include a SpaceX launch for the early arrivals. You will see a shot of the launch taken by Old Fart Wayne Nagy, from the ramp area at X21. There is also a shot through the cabane struts, fuel lines and wires of my Stearman. (Can you say, “Drag”?) You can make out the rocket’s contrail there in the confusion. Terese took the photo as we were northbound and passing by Melbourne. The launch went about ten minutes early. If it had been on time… we would have been much closer. Win some… lose some. 

Terese and I went to lunch around noon, so I missed getting photos of several aircraft that arrived beyond that time. Sorry. The volunteers gave me a tail count of 42 aircraft. I think I have pics of thirty-some.

What a great venue for an Old Farts destination. There is ample parking, the flight in is scenic, there are two runways and the food at Dixie Crossroads is phenomenal! Alberto’s crew of five vehicles kept the flow to and from the restaurant going nicely. Great Day!!!

We had our usual mix of aircraft. The Beechcraft gave the RVs a run for their money at this one. Between the Barons, V-Tails and Straight Tails… I think there were eight or nine of Walter’s beautiful designs on the ramp. Throw in a couple biplanes, Cirrus, Cessnas, Pipers, a Hughes helicopter and even a Focke-Wolfe… and there’s your “Mix”. It is always fun to see just what might show up! 

Jeff Edwards brought in an RV crowd from Spruce Creek. A couple formations with smoke on, did their flyovers and break to landing. Always a sight!! Thanks!!! 

Be sure to see Alberto’s plug for the EAA Chapter 866 Pancake Breakfast in the following text block. I’m not sure where we are headed next week… Thursday, March 10??? We are going to Grassroots (06FD) on the 17th and Wauchula (KCHN) on the 24th. 

That’s about all the news that’s fit to tell. Look for an invite to ??? on Sunday or Monday. 

Keep the Shiny Side Up! 

Old Fart Roger

Hello!  I think that everyone was happy today and things went well.  I loved seeing your Stearman approach to the grass runway. It looked great!   Saturday is the first Saturday of the month and time for our galactically famous EAA 866 breakfast. Usually the Spruce Creek guys make an appearance around 8:30. My recommendation is to be on the ground before then. On a good day, we will have 30 to 40 airplanes and just have a good time at the airport. The breakfast is $10 and it includes pancakes, two eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, sometimes biscuits and gravy, something sweet to finish, coffee, and orange juice. It is a full breakfast!!  The crew today did a great job.  Fred Burgess helped on the parking, Elizabeth Martin was our early bird hostess and overall ambassador, and we had plenty of drivers:  myself, John Goeke, Angel Torres, Carlos Rosaly, Mario Jiménez, and Steve Quickel. As always, a great crew makes the difference.  We may just have to do it again next year.   Alberto
Hello,

I think that everyone was happy today and things went well.  I loved seeing your Stearman approach to the grass runway. It looked great!  

Saturday (Tomorrow March 5th) is the first Saturday of the month… and time for our galactically famous EAA 866 breakfast… here at Arthur Dunn Airpark (X21). Usually the Spruce Creek guys make an appearance around 8:30. My recommendation is to be on the ground before then. On a good day, we will have 30 to 40 airplanes and just have a good time at the airport. The breakfast is $10 and it includes pancakes, two eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, sometimes biscuits and gravy, something sweet to finish, coffee, and orange juice. It is a full breakfast!!

The crew today did a great job.  Fred Burgess helped on the parking, Elizabeth Martin was our early bird hostess and overall ambassador. We had plenty of drivers:  myself, John Goeke, Angel Torres, Carlos Rosaly, Mario Jiménez, and Steve Quickel. As always, a great crew makes the difference. 

We may just have to do it again next year. 

Alberto
As I was taking the above photos of Gary Winter’s gorgeous Piper Pacer… an Old Fart walked up and commented… “This is one of those airplanes that you approach, hoping to see a for sale sign on it!” No such luck here. Gary Winter is very happy to be this PA20’s caretaker for awhile longer… thank you just the same! Gary has had the early serial numbered Pacer for many years. He’s flown it to Alaska, and lots of other great destinations. It has even been a film star, being featured in a couple episodes of the TV series, “The Right Stuff”. During his years with the Pacer, Gary has recovered it and mounted an O-320 Lycoming. Gary and the Pacer fly out of Leeward Air Ranch. 
Old Fart Wayne Nagy is always ready with his cell phone camera. Many shots you see in my post these days, come from Wayne. The above photos were sent earlier in the week. Seems Wayne was shooting some landings on, and cruising, the beautiful Caloosahatchee River in his amphibious SeyRey airplane. Cruising along… he bumped into another “tranny”… an antique “Amphicar”. Wayne… being Wayne… tracked down the owner and got a ride. What a hoot! 
     
     
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