Lloyd & I stopped by to see Dyer the Flyer (ag pilot) in Marshall on our way to Iowa. Dyer's collected crocks, all sizes from the biggest to the smallest. Also has a collection of license plates from all over the country!
Sign in Marshall. ooops
Murals in Chilicothe
Tractors along the way.
After ribs at Hickory Park in Ames, LAD picked out some new goldfish at WM. Of course, "I want THAT one! NO, THAT one." Well, not really, it was just scoop & dip & here ya are.
There are still two crocus blossoms hiding under the rubble of grass at the airport sign, near the clump of daffodils.
The FAA King Air flew the VOR/GPS instrument approach into Mtn. Grove today, went around on the missed approach, then flew off back to the Dogwood VOR west of Ava. They fly the approaches around the state periodically, checking the technical details. I hope they were impressed with our new grass, which is greening up more and more every day. They probably didn't even look down. I thought I caught it with one main gear hanging out, but didn't. That's black paint on the forward underside of the gear/engine compartments. The gear doors are the blue farthest back part of the nacelle. The gear retraction would have begun after throttle up at the missed approach point, west of the runway. We are half a mile east of the runway, so it took that long to retract. Perhaps a mile and a half to 2 miles.
Gene Pascoe was a good friend in our EAA chapter in Willow Springs. He passed away on tuesday, after a battle with heart disease. He recently had open heart surgery. Gene was 83. He was always an active hand on the ground crew when we flew Young Eagles, and was a past treasurer of the Chapter. We'll miss him!
Randy and Lloyd were supposed to go to the Ag Pilots' fly-in over in the bootheel today. So Randy flew the Cherokee 140 down here from Iowa. Then the plan was for Randy to fly the Ag Husky to the bootheel, with Lloyd driving over there. Then the plan was further laid out to go to Georgia to look at another ag plane they just bought.
Plan B: after getting the mail, just before Randy landed in the 140, Lloyd discovered the fly-in has been postponed until mid-April. OK, plan C. Plan C: Randy returned to Iowa in the Ag Husky, so he and his "boss" Bill could go to Florida and retrieve a Beech 18.
OK, we'll see if Plan C gets accomplished.
Meanwhile, Ron and his son Chance showed up for fuel in his nice Beech Skipper.
Plan E: Ben and Bruce took the 140 for a spin to the local area airports. No pictures.