Fly-out to Shannon January 28th, 2017

Fly-out to Shannon January 28th, 2017

by Juergen Nies

We had a great fly-out to Shannon (KEZF) for lunch and to visit the new museum at the field. The museum is not open for the public yet, but a Pacer/Tri-Pacer friend of mine who is based at Shannon arranged for us to get a special tour. Thank you very much Lloyd for making the arrangements for us.

David Ames flew with me in the Pacer, John Ely flew his RV-12 and Bob Metcalfe and Jim Lum flew in Bob's Taylorcraft L-2. Lloyd Perkins met us at Shannon.

The winds were a little on the blustery side all day, but definitely manageable. At Shannon the wind was only 20 degrees off the runway heading and made for short landing and takeoff runs, but in Winchester it was about 40 degrees off the runway heading when we came back. Flying to Shannon the turbulence was not too bad, but on the way back we hit a couple of good bumps. Overall not too bad.

It is really amazing what the current owner has done to improve Shannon airport. From the terminal building with the café to the new taxiways and of course the museum tops it off. There are currently eight airplanes in the museum, but there will be a 25,000 square foot addition soon to host more airplanes and other exhibition material. Just about when we finished lunch to walk over to the museum the airport owner joint us and treated us with a private tour of the museum. Luke, thank you very much for the hospitality. It is well appreciated and we will help to spread the word about this very nice airport.

Bob and Jim arriving in the L-2

Museum inside

Museum inside

1941 Bücker BU 133C Jungmeister

1929 Curtis-Robertson Robin J-1D

1928 Bellanca CH-400 Skyrocket

1928 Bellanca CH-400 Skyrocket

1936 Vultee V-1AD Special

1936 Vultee V-1AD Special

1927 Travel Air 2000

1927 Travel Air 2000

1918 Standard E-1

1918 Standard E-1

1917 Spad VII

1917 Spad VII

1917 Spad VII

1927 Pitcairn Mailwing PA-5

1927 Pitcairn Mailwing PA-5

I hope some more of you can make it the next time.

Make sure you look at the Upcoming Events schedule on this site for the next fly out.

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