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Old 09-22-2016, 09:54 AM
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Hi Vlad,,

Fantastic trip and story!!

Did you prearrange with Aggressor and Red Dog, or just happen upon them?

Hope to see you when you get back to Florida.


"Then I was intercepted by (I noticed this tight form a while ago) a flight of two RVs and escorted from the beach toward Palatka. They dropped me off as soon as they were sure I am not coming back. I was running on fumes."

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Old 09-22-2016, 10:55 AM
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Default Southern Hospitality!

Wow, that's some great southern hospitality! Thanks for the heads up and extending the offer to the community Bill. It's good to know you are down there as I plan my east coast excursion for when my 7 is complete.

For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure only Vlad will be swimming with your pet lizard. He would make a nice pair of boots you know.

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Vlad, Wish I'd known you were coming earlier, I'd like to have met you.

Bent Willies is home to the "Ridge Barnstormers", the local Polk county RC flying club. I invited them in 6 years ago and they are a great tenant. They pay me 10.00 per year, have a 2.5 million dollar insurance policy and keep all 2300' mowed. Once our youngest graduates high school next year my wife and I will be building house and moving there permanently. We live an hour away, by car, in Orlando. BTW, the emergency repair kit is for RC's not RV's.

The Tax man insisted I let the cows graze the whole property or lose my Ag exemption. This would take my taxes from 125.00 per year to over 5,000.

I choose to let cows eat and fertilize the runway till we move there😀
This is why I ask people to call prior to landing. Want to make sure everyone has been duly informed prior to touchdown that cows may be sharing runway.

When Vlad emailed that he wanted to traverse the Willie , I gladly granted permission and forewarned him....about the cows. That crazy ruski!! I had no idea he was gonna go skinny dipping and peeing in my pond! Little did he know that Big Fred spends about half his time there. The pic of Fred is him running from my zero turn mower while moving between my ponds. He hasn't eaten any of my cows yet but they will be dropping calves soon so I may be eating some "tastes like chicken" very soon.

Smokey Ray was the first to leave tire marks at willies and there has been many since.

Here's the deal: if you are an RVer, you are welcome, just call first. I have an artesian well to drink out of, a BBQ grill, plenty of firewood and a porta potty. Bring your tent and enjoy! Turbo has been there in is R44 and Gary Palinkas has been known to camp overnight with his air rifle. Bring your golf clubs and hit range balls I have there. Bring your pistols or rifle and feel free to shoot at small range. For those looking for a cool place to camp 15 minutes from Sun n Fun, come on.

Vlad has taught me one thing, don't assume people just want to use the runway😀
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:58 AM
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Your trip reports are incredibly inspirational. I don't plan to go as broadly afield as you, but I can't wait to explore once mine is done. The Caribbean awaits!

Safe travels.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:15 PM
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Thanks Vlad for the spectacular trip write up! This gave me some good fire power to use on the wife! lol I think she is finally convinced this is a good idea...
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:25 PM
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Default Wonderful trip report

Thanks for the wonderful trip report! Great pictures make me imagine what it was like to be there. One day...

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Old 09-22-2016, 04:48 PM
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Vlad, Wild, Wild ride with you my friend. Congrats on another AWESOME adventure and another splendid trip report.
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:59 PM
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Thanks guys glad you liked it. Chris here is the storiette. I am busy at a beach and suddenly I see two specks at a strange angle. First thought was these are large pelicans. They were skimming the shore at legal altitude. I stopped what I was doing, put in full afterburner and tried to get to their sights. These are fast movers took me good 5 minutes to catch up. I flipped couple frequencies including international air-to-air not a sound from the group. When I got closer they noticed me and scattered. I bailed out and started heading my way to refuel base. The formation turned and followed me for a minute or so. That's all no conspiracy.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:58 PM
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Have to love autocorrect! The quote above made me laugh out loud visualizing a malicious maintenance program on my plane. I'd rather have a meticulously maintained aircraft
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