Last night, after days and days of "no fly" weather cleared up for a brief spell, we went back out to the airport again. For a few hours, the skies were clear and the wind was gone. More weather's on the way this week-end but Friday night...time to fly.
As we walked out to my plane, we saw this nifty little classic on the transient parking ramp.
Of course this one probably got a new paint job after it's 1980 gear-up landing in Detroit. Pesky internet...all that stuff's out there forever now.
My next plane may well be one of these, though. One of these or a Mooney. I feel the need for speed. Indeed.
And naturally, the ramp queens across the field were all in attendance.
We lifted off at dusk and flew down to Winchester, VA. It was nearly full dark on landing there, so we waited a few minutes and launched again for some proper night flying. We headed down to Front Royal, Virginia and made a landing there--not one of my best though. I cut my base turn too close and came in too hot and too high on final and then I tried to "help" the plane land when the runway started getting short, resulting in a pretty significant bounce. I bounced high enough that I could probably have logged it as TWO landings in my log except for the fact that they both sucked. But I still got down and stopped well before the last turn-off, glad that the airport was already shut down and vacant for the night so at least no one saw my Captain Kangaroo impression.
Taking off again, we flew around the area for a while, looking at all of the lights below. We watched cars and other aircraft, circled the Charlestown, WV race track and watched the horses run a race, then chased a police car's red and blue lights up into Harpers Ferry just because he was so easy to see and moving so fast that it wasn't a problem staying slow enough to keep him in sight. Then we crossed the Potomac River into Maryland for a bit before heading back to the home field for three more night landings, all of which were pretty good. Then it was time to put the plane to bed and go home.