In his younger days Jim flew fighter jets. I asked him to send me a top secret formation picture from last century and I am still waiting for it. Jim races cars, rides horsebacks and snow shooes. Jim does it all. Jim also owns a nice grass strip in West Virginia and hosts a mini RV fly in every last week of May at his birthday. This year was about time...
Memorial Day weekend is very busy in the air. Hordes of us bug smashers going in every direction on any altitude. Worst ATC nightmare. To be on a safer side I uncorked my oxygenated bottle and went all the way up where VFR airspace ends. Even caught some 6 kts tailwind.
RV9 loves altitude. She sits there nice and stable real pleasure to fly.
In an hour and a quarter I could see Jim's place. Very visible take a look.
Still don't see? How about now?
It's right here by the racetrack. Nobody on the ground yet. I am the first to the party.
Parked at the farthest spot behind the hangar. A big group of RVs is about to arrive the more parking space the merrier. Do you see how much gas left in the tanks? Sitting atop for an hour cooled down the fuel and the tank was sweating. Great quantity indicator no need for the gages.
Jim's Beauty Queens at static display waiting for an air show.
Handheld radio woke up. A formation is coming. When I grow up I want to be like Jim. Who can afford personal airshow on his birthday? Only Jim. Even richest Russian oligarchs couldn't swing an air show bill. Jim can.
Here comes formation mixed with AOPA brass, Condor and Dragon flight. Great show!