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 to be here because the Delfin (Czech for Dolphin) is one of my favorite airplanes, and I’d never seen one away from a page in a magazine or book. My friend, who fuels airplanes for a living, promised he’d send me a picture. A few hours later, he did. I was amazed. He posted two a few hours apart. The first one said, “It’s here.” The second one said, “It’s gone.” I learned a few days later that it was not gone. I saw it in a hangar, but I made no public mention of it. On June 11, as I arrived at the airport, I was surprised and delighted to discover it being fueled for departure. The early morning sun was mostly behind the hangar on the left. Only the top of the vertical stabilizer was illumined directly by it. The light would change for the better as the sun rose.
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As I was taking a few pictures from the fence, I was told the pilot invited me onto the tarmac to take some more pictures. EXCELLENT!

The owner/pilot Jerry Conley from Kentucky told me I was welcome to take all the pictures I wanted, but that he would be leaving in about 15 minutes. Because of fog at his destination, the 15 minutes stretched out to an hour and a half. During his wait, he visited the AeroKnow Museum office, and I showed him some pictures of his Delfin. When departed I was BLESSED by Fate to still be at the airport. I was VERY impressed by how fast is left the ground on Runway 22 and how fast the landing gear came up. It departed Springfield like a rocket on a rail! WOW!
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I present the best of the pictures here without further narrative. Thank you again, Jerry for showing me your terrific flying machine!

 

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