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  #11  
Old 09-22-2014, 10:30 AM
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Default Fitchburg memories

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I will write a long story later.

As many of you know, N614EF is named after my parents wedding anniversary along with their first initials.

As I was building, I was dreaming of the day I could fly her "home," back to my ancestral homeland of Fitchburg Massachusetts.
Hey Bob.....having grown up in southern MA I did my second solo x/c from Hopedale>Bedford>Fitchburg>1B6.....although at 16 yrs old, with brain half-formed....i landed at Ft Devens by mistake....quite some time later after signing a number of papers(none of which i read) i was allowed to leave after receiving my military airfield endorsement. Of course my flight instructor was worried...no cell phones back then....i got back...showed him the logbook and told him the story....he changed careers and became a life ins salesman...i wonder what part i had in that decision

Great writup....thanks
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:03 PM
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Way to go Bob. It feels good,doesn't it.
Good on you.

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Old 09-22-2014, 08:58 PM
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Great story, Bob. Best wishes to you and yours.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:02 AM
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I made it home last night after overnighting in Elmira because of inbound weather. Snaked home over the Alleghenies, fuel stop in Medina -- home of famous RVers who were all out making a living, over to Valpairaiso (sp?) for fuel and around Chicago and up to Saint Paul.

I learned so much on the trip and especially enjoyed working with the controllers from handoff to handoff.

As with most of these big hurdles, it was a trip of self discovery. I learned things not to do again and a bunch of good things to put in the flight bag.

And I made a greaser landing last evening at the home airport, which never looked better to me.
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:51 PM
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This is what good sons do. Well done, Bob, well done.
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:37 PM
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Update: I've finally gotten around to writing up the trip.
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:38 PM
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Very nice, Bob. Thanks for the hot links to the day job blogs, the contrast in subject matter was complimentary, if that makes sense .
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:22 AM
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Bob, enjoyed the write-up! I have touched many of those airports on trips back home (east), too. Thanks for the inspiration.
- Roger
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:11 PM
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Enjoyed the trip, Bob. You ought to be a writer! I opened up skyvector and found your airports.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:35 PM
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As a former Pennsylvania resident, your comment about the PA wilderness made me smile. I still get the "willies" flying over it and only seeing an expanse of treetops on lumpy hills.
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