Does anyone know if it will make Sun-N-Fun? I love those older jobs dressed up in Eastern Airlines livery!
That big red eagle on the tail and all!...or was it a hawk...or a Falcon...you know, I'm not really sure. But those airplanes were beautiful. I DO know that.
I would love to see her at SNF. I'll be there.
And if she makes it to AirVenture...that much the better! It would give me a good reason to make it to AirVenture...so I can see it again!
I remember as a kid about 8 years old, my Grand Mother and I would take my Grand Father to old Imeson airport in Jacksonville, Florida and he would fly to Atlanta for biz. Sometimes The timing was just right and either a "7" or a "Martin 404" would be parked just outside the terminal and I could see it from just a few feet away. They would spot those things "Straight In", in front of HUGE plate glass windows, with that huge nose only 20' away. I was in AWE!
And then...it happened!
The propeller began to turn...it belched smoke and I could hear the deep throaty rumble of the engine. Then...a repeat performance on the other side. The sun reflecting off the prop arc disc absolutely mesmerized me...It's ALIVE!!! It was MAGNIFECENT!
Then...what happened next, left me in absolute STUNNED disbelief!
It backed up...BY ITSELF!!! WOW !!!... "GrandMa...GrandMa...COME LOOK"!!!
That big beautiful bird backed itself out of the spot. The walls shaking and vibrating. The windows bowing in and out and flexing. The terrazzo floor beneath my feet rumbling...it was something to behold! I'll NEVER forget that day!
I hope the old girl is at Sun-N-Fun...AND AirVenture. I'd love to stand nose to nose with her again...maybe give her a little "peck on the cheek" and thank her in my heart for a wonderful childhood memory that I have never forgotten, that, which was my first introduction to this wonderful thing we know as...aviation...and I've been "hooked" ever since.
Eastern Airlines..."The Wings of Man"...and "wide eyed" eight year old kids as well.