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Old 01-19-2012, 10:26 AM
Darren S Darren S is offline
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Default Ever been to Litchfield, Minnesota ?

I did a little flight there the other day to visit a friend I haven't seen in 15 years. Actually he was my Youth Pastor when I was going to University in Milwaukee.

There was a weather window to go and a bit sketchy to come back so I went for it. Wonderful 30 - 40 knot tailwinds going down but I knew I'd eat it on the way back. Sure enough a cold front blew in the next day and I got weathered out for the night in Garrison, North Dakota.

From a Canadians' perspective, I love these little American airfields. Most seem to have self serve fuel so I don't have to wait or bother anyone and this particular one had a nice loaner minivan to use !!! Sweet. On this side of the border..... not so much.

A nice fella in Garrison came out in the dark and let me park my -7 in his hanger for the night. The next day it was cold, even by Canadian standards. I wasn't sure the old girl would start, but she did and I headed for home and customs. I froze for the 3 hour flight from Garrison to Lethbridge. I made it to work with 10 minutes to spare

Here's how the last leg went down: Land, park the plane, sneak in the back door at work, some gel in the hair, new scrubs and I was looking like a million bucks. My first patient had no idea where I'd just come from and what just been through

Still loving the RV. Fly safe everyone. Here's a video.

By the way. The aerobatics were done solo and just added for effect.

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Old 01-19-2012, 07:22 PM
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Great video!
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:53 PM
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At least you had something to keep your ears warm. Man that cockpit looked really cold. Next time you better put a snow suit on! Really great video btw.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:21 PM
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Thank you for an absolutely uplifting video. Great video, great music and I loved to see the enjoyment on your friends face as he experienced the thrill of flight. I can relate to the cold cockpit. Last night I flew a Cessna 172 to KBRD about a one hour flight north of my home base of KANE. The outside temp at my altitude was -23 F. BRRR. I was chilled to the bone. But there is something zen like about flying on cold, still nights.
Great video.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:33 PM
Darren S Darren S is offline
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Glad you all enjoyed the vid. I'm really liking the Drift Stealth camera. The remote control, which I wear on my wrist, is nice to be able turn the camera on and off easily.

The song is by a guy named Danny Gokey. Back in 1993 when I was at Marquette he was one of the kids in the youth group I helped run. My friend in the video was actually the Youth Pastor at the time. Danny went on to 3rd place on American Idol a few seasons ago. It was great to see him succeed.

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Old 01-20-2012, 05:37 PM
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If you go back, take the crew car, and make sure to hit up Peters. They have awesome BBQ ribs. Just dont try to go on a Sunday. They're not open. Ask me how I know!
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