Yesterday was a beautiful flying day, so right after church, I grabbed Eric, a friend of mine from there, and we drove up to the airport for a flight. We took off and flew south for about an hour to the airport at Warrenton (HWY) because I'd heard of a small weekly "Flying Circus" type of airshow that operated just south of there. And Eric's a nice guy who, coincidentally, has never flown in a small plane before.
En route, he learned quickly not to point things out on the ground when I, without thinking about it, just threw the plane into a steep right bank so that I could look down out of his window, too. He seemed to find that a bit discomfiting. Heh.
We got to Warrenton in short order where Mark, the guy running the FBO, graciously hooked up up with a truck to drive over to the show and directions on how to get there.
The truck. One of the nice things about flying General Aviation is the number of complete strangers willing to just toss you the keys to vehicles like this when you land at their airport and need to go somewhere. It's a great community.
So we drove down a few country roads and suddenly, through the trees, we saw them--a row of vintage biplanes just getting ready to go.
Most were cherry Stearman trainers of WW2 vintage, but there were also a couple of Wacos thrown in.
The planes flew for an hour and a half, doing basic aerobatics and other ticks like trying to pop released helium balloons with their props and snagging dropped rolls of paper towel with their wingtips. They had a wing-walker, too.
Rachel Holmes, and she was mighty cute. Hafta go back and see if she's available.
And while the planes were busy in the air, there were a couple of clowns on the ground amusing the kiddies, like "The Baron" here.
Here, two of the planes are trying to hit The Baron with five-pound sacks of flour. (I'm thinking that's really gotta hurt if they actually manage to tag him.)
It was a class act all the way. Lots of great planes and flying fun, and literally something for everyone in the family...and all for $15.00 for adults, less for kids, every Sunday, May through October.
The Flying Circus Airshow
They also sell rides, and when I told one of the pilots that I was considering buying one, he said that when I come back, he'll let me try my hand at flying one of the Stearmans. Oh, YEAH!
Meantime, I'm still flying this one:
The only downside to the whole day was that I mistakenly grabbed my old broken Nikon instead of the new one when I left the Lair and I didn't realize it until we got to the airport, which means that most al of my shots are camera-phone quality. Sorry about that, but then I will be back out there--count on it!