Grimes Airfield June 13 th , 2019 by Juergen Nies

After weeks of typical mid-summer weather with daily (sometimes severe) thunderstorms every afternoon, the weekend forecast looked almost too good to be true. However, came Saturday the forecast was correct. No thunderstorms or rain for the whole weekend, no clouds and light winds. How much better can it get. Even the visibility was not too bad despite the high 80s to low 90s-degree temperatures.

The good flying conditions brought out seven airplanes and twelve participants to attend the wings and wheels event at Grimes Airfield (8N1) in Bethel, PA. Zeke and Tim in the L-2, Bob Metcalfe in his Luscombe, Mac in his Champ, Kyle and his son in the C-152, Jim Thill in his RV-8, Allen and Lucy in their Belllanca and Juergen, Tom and Charles in the Pacer.

Everyone except the RV-8 and Bellanca met at OKV in the morning and we timed our departure for the Pacer to take off last. This gave us the opportunity for the Pacer to catch up with the “the tailwheel group” (L-2, Luscombe and Champ) first and then with the C-150 for some air to air videos and photos. After having some fun snapping the pictures and the videos the Pacer went ahead to Grimes to be the first to arrive and document the arrival of the rest of the group. The landing pattern was busy, but all of us managed to get in without too much of a problem and enjoyed touching down on the well maintained 2,720x100 foot runway. There were quite some planes at the event, but the airplanes were outnumbered by the cars in attendance. Nevertheless, there are some very interesting airplanes on display and provided either airplane rides or fly-bys. The most of us left around 1:00 PM, but Jim (who stayed) behind send us a picture of some of the WW 1 area airplanes simulating a “dog fight” in the afternoon. Too bad we missed it.

Taking off at Grimes in the Pacer was a bit of an interesting affair. With three of us on board (with partial fuel we were under gross weight), around 90 degree Temperature, a little humidity and being a grass runway, we used maybe a little less than half of it. But, since RWY 29 has a slight upslope for the first 1/3 (estimated), the Pacer lifted off, but then kept touching down about three times before finally climbing out. As soon as we started climbing it was no problem and we climbed at 700 to 800 feet per minute to get to 4,500 feet for cooler temperatures.

The L-2 and the Champ landed at a near by field to get gas for the trip home while the rest of us were able to make it without fueling up. Same as on the way up, we communicated with each other on 122.75 to give position and ride reports. There was not much to report on the ride, same as in the morning, the ride was exceptional smooth for a hot summer day.

Another great fly-out and I hope more of you can join the next time. Stay tuned for future fly-out destinations.

Fly safe, Tailwinds and enjoy the ride.

Video from the Flyout:

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Fokker DR-1 Guns

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Sopwith Pup Gun

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Jenny JN-4

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L2 and Luscombe

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MG Picnic

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Fokker DR-1 Dreidecker

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Kyle in the C-150

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Champ and Luscombe

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Pink Warbird Champ

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Pacer at Grimes

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