It's been a few years since I wrote down that sentence above. Early on I asked about talking to a few of the guys that have been with the chapter since the beginning so that I could write down part of the history before it is lost. I didn't really get a response to that email. So I'll switch it up...
The world is full of characters... and so it is with flying. I want to acknowledge and appreciate everyone that I can. I think that this stems from one of the pages on facebook. (By the way... facebook is great as a newsfeed) It's the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund. Each day they post an image of a fallen hero. I take the time each time I log onto facebook to read the post of the day. (by the way... I have a folded flag on the back shelf of my car) In a small way... it's ackowledging the sacrafice that they have given for our freedom.
Moving forward with this page...
It's just about Spring and I headed over to Alloway Airport to talk with some of the guys.
It was a beautiful day and I had just come back from renting a 172 at Cross Keys Airport. I had some time so I headed over to Alloway Airport (aka Whitey's Airport). I figured I'd have a hangar talking session with Whitey, Tony, Bob, Joe, Warren... and anyone else that may be there. When I drove out of the woods, into the clearning. the only thing I saw was (hey, saw is was in a mirror) a truck across the field parked next to Tony's plane.
Parked my car in front of the hangar and walked on over to join the conversation. Turns out it was only Tony there working on his plane. He an Bob were the only ones that showed up on this beautiful day.
Tony's one of those guys that you can't not like. He can talk to anyone about anything thing. He's a retired teacher and he contines to educate himself; always taking this class or that class. He lives in Delaware and keeps his plane up in Jersey.
He built an experimental Aeronca with a Subaru engine. Painted all in silver with no other markings. He's the true "Experimenter". For years he's been messing with different carbs on it. None of them really working well. He just read something by the guy how came up with the Subaru conversion that carbs don't really work well on the engine and that it should have a fuel injection system on it. And... that is what Tony has been doing for the past month or so... making that conversion.