Monthly Archives: July, 2013

B-17G “Sentimental Journey” — part 2

I was privileged to fly aboard the “big bird” on a VIP/media flight during the June 17 to 21 visit to Springfield, Illinois. This would be my third flight in this B-17, so I was happy to  sit in the rear-most seat in the airplane for the flight while others — particularly the TV news …

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Aviat A-1C Husky

Jim Taylor sells Aviat A-1C Husky STOL all-terrain machines out of McCreery Aviation Co., Inc. in McAllen, Texas. He arrived for the night at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois, July 26, 2013 and visited AeroKnow Museum. On the morning of the 27th, before departing for Oshkosh, he showed me his Husky.  Click on any …

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B-17G “Sentimental Journey” — part 1

The Arizona Wing Commemorative Air Force (CAF) visited Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois June 17 – 21, 2013. The pictures speak for themselves. Click on any for a larger image. I will post a Part 2 from “Sentimental’s” visit that include interior pics during my flight with her and her departure and unforgettable low …

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Air Tractor 402B

This Air Tractor 402B was photographed, in the company of the talented pilot and his convivial wife,  while hangared at an FBO at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois on July 18, 2013.    Click on any picture for a larger image. The 402’s cockpit is air-conditioned. The big bird is powered by a 680 …

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183d FW Gate Guards Waiting

These pictures show the former gate guard F-84F, F-86 (actually a Canadair CL-13), F-4D and future gate guard F-16 as they were when I visited them at the home of the 183d Fighter Wing, Illinois Air National Guard. They are slated to be mounted on new pedestals in the public area memorial park just outside …

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F/A-18E Super Hornet of VF-14

On July 19, 2013, the pilot was en route from his California home base to visit his family is Syracuse, New York when weather en route caused him to drop into Springfield, Illinois and wait two hours until the weather improved. What I lucky break for me . . . and YOU! He visited AeroKnow …

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Aero L-29 Delfin

As I was leaving AeroKnow Museum for work a few weeks ago I learned from a friend at the airport that an Aero L-29 was en route to the Springfield. It would be here about 10:30. Earning a living had a higher priority, and I told him I was really sorry I wouldn’t be able …

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