Author Archive: Job Conger

Sikorsky S-76 Spirit

The challenge of last winter’s relocation of the office and Models on Display Rooms to doors off the hallway in the back of the Stellar Aviation (FBO) building is that I almost never hear aircraft arriving on the ramp. Sunday, July 23, 2017 was a happy exception to that “norm.” I heard something loud enough …

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Hubbard Memorial # Wall of Fame

Here are pictures taken by Job Conger during two special events in the terminal building of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois. The Hubbard Memorial Dedication took  place May 17, 2017, a tribute to Springfield’s only Tuskegee airman, Lyman L. Hubbard, Sr.  The dedication of the Aviation History  Educational Center’s Wall of Fame took place …

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C-130 Hercules

I was attending a hangar party on Charlie Ramp (airport’s southwest quadrant) when I looked east and saw a C-130 on the Horizon Aviation ramp. My arrival at AeroKnow Museum, based at Horizon, the next morning happily coincided with the crew of the 130 who offered to  show me their bird.  I have seen many …

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T-38C Talon’s Memorable Encounters Dedicated to General “Hawk” Carlisle

This T-38C and skilled stickmaster visited Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport over the weekend. I photographed it the night it arrived and once a day, from behind the fence until the day it departed when the pilot saw my clearance lanyard and gave me his permission to stand a safe distance on the ramp. I’m not …

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February 10 – no pictures

Fri, Feb 10 —  In at 9:15, Wore another aviation tie to AKM. My desk is still a MESS. No time to clean it  up this morning. Not happy with the rearranging from last night so I did a lot of heaving pushin without bothering to take drawers out. When I began using the copier …

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Museum Story Chapter 1

INTRODUCTION — I hope that with pictures and the story of how the museum I first named AIRCHIVE came all the way to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport over the course of 40 years and why you should help  AeroKnow Museum find a new home before we lose the home we have and we both disappear. …

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December 12 – early Bonanza

This post was place here by accident Tuesdaya, December 13.  It should have been posted at my blog  AeroKnow Day to Day — the daily activity blog   . . . . but on Wednesday, after I discovered my error, I decided to leave it here after re-posting it where I should have posted it Tuesday …

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Xenon gyroplane

Owner John Salz, Springfield, Illinois treated Job Conger to a flight around the pea patch in his2007 Xenon gyroplane, designed by a French engineer and manufactured in Poland by Celier Aviation. It has a 100 hp Rotax 912ULS engine. During our encounter, he explained “Gyros fly very much like  a fixed-wing airplane because most gyros …

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Raytheon T-6A Texan II

These pictures were taken Saturday, November 5, 2016 following the arrival of two T-6s with student pilots and IPs from Vance AFB, Oklahoma. I was escorted on the ramp by a very courteous, enthusiastic student front seater who aims to fly left seat in C-17s which he admires greatly. He explained that the USAF is …

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SNJ-6 of John Schonhorst

I was delighted to meet John Schonhorst and passenger US Navy veteran Bob May who visited Springfield in late afternoon October 31, 2016. I understand from Greg Vallero, who taught John how to fly this Texan, that JS is veteran pilot with two military services and more. Bob — believe it or not — soloed …

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