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Last night around 11:30 Chandler came to me and asked if we could get up early and watch the sun rise from the Cub. A little calculation put wake up time at about 5 to make sure we were in place at sunrise. The only appropriate response to a request like that is...."Sure!"

Lo and behold, the deep tones of my Buddy Bryan Martin greeted us as we taxied out, he was just opening the tower. We had 20 minutes to actual sunrise. After a slow motion rendition of the Top Gun tower buzz, we headed north to watch the day
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Very nice Jim. If I was younger, I'd be submitting my application to be one of your grandkids. Way to go papa! While I've never been to your part of Texas, the morning light you enjoy is amongst the best.



Aug 01, 2013 at 08:12 PM
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p.3823 #2 · p.3823 #2 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Jim,
Absolutely priceless. Your grandchildren are incredibly fortunate!

I tip my hat in admiration.

Gero

And ditto on what Jeff said



Aug 01, 2013 at 08:23 PM
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p.3823 #3 · p.3823 #3 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


What fun Jim!


Aug 01, 2013 at 08:33 PM
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Enroute to Yosemite during my USAF years, we pulled the Jeep over to a state run campsite. There was a latrine with a shower. It was late February, and we simply threw our sleeping bags on the ground by the Jeep. Woke up the next morning, began brushing our teeth at a nearby water faucet. A truck with a cab-over camper parked during the night. The door opened and a very tall beautiful blond lady came out, stretching, wearing an unbuttoned mans shirt and bikini bottoms. (Did I mention the three of us were 19-21 years old?) Our brushing stopped as she walked by, smiled and said good morning...we began gagging on the toothpaste.

Without speaking, we continued brushing our teeth at that faucet, looking at the latrine. I guess we were waiting for a return visit. After about 10 minutes of brushing, the door on the camper opened. A 300+ pound, very hairy bearded guy squeezed out the door, minus a shirt. Before he took 10 steps from the camper door, the Jeep was speeding to Yosemite. California, nice place to visit.

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Aug 01, 2013 at 08:44 PM
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p.3823 #5 · p.3823 #5 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Those are really nice Jim, we did have a keeper this morning...

Lynn



Aug 01, 2013 at 08:50 PM
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Priceless indeed Jim, I'm sure that is a lifetime memory for both of you.
Actually saw a Cub for the first time last Saturday.





Aug 01, 2013 at 09:03 PM
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Thanks Guys. Definitely a sunrise to remember. We've got hot and hazy now with the days topping out in the low hundreds. This morning was pretty hazy, but smooth as glass. We were up for about 1.5 and Chandler flew the Cub for most of that. I coached him on climbs, descents, coordinated turns, he took to it like a duck to a June bug. This is the first time he really "flew" the airplane. When Bryan cleared us for a low approach Chandler popped on the intercom and said, "Wait, Papa! You're not expecting me to land this are you?!" I told him that we'd save that lesson for another day.

Couldn't help remembering the last sunrise circuit around the lakes, it was with Glenn. I envisioned him watching us with a big grin, leaning back and saying, "Remarkable!"







Aug 01, 2013 at 09:21 PM
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Great way to start off a day Jim! Thanks for sharing that, it put a smile on my face


Aug 01, 2013 at 10:07 PM
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Wrei, that's why they call it the Greatest show on Turf!


Aug 01, 2013 at 11:17 PM
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Jeff W. wrote:
Very nice Jim. If I was younger, I'd be submitting my application to be one of your grandkids. Way to go papa! While I've never been to your part of Texas, the morning light you enjoy is amongst the best.



Sorry jeff, Ive already asked to be adopted,.....funny no reply to that request..
But in the event that jim does have any openeings Im sure it will be alphabetical order....
Alan Alexander Anderson.....beats Jeff Welker

ROFL...
Please note Jim I have an inexhaustable supply of crumble bars..

Al



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p.3823 #11 · p.3823 #11 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Well that does put you ahead of the game Al!


Aug 02, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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Dear Nick,

A Cub is an amazing little airplane. I have never taken a "high and fast" pilot for a ride that they weren't absolutely in love with flight again upon our return. They aren't for long trips, unless you have lots of time, but for the pure joy of low and slow, there's nothing quite like one. The Legend flies so much better than a vintage Cub it's like night and day. Another plus is you aren't worrying about what might be going on in that 70/80 year old tubing. The airfoil on a Legend is different and it rides the air in a much more stable manner. The boys in Sulphur Springs got that airplane right.

Chandler and I rolled over 332 hours on ours this morning. Lot's of memories packed into that little yellow airplane, with many more to come.







Aug 02, 2013 at 01:16 AM
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p.3823 #13 · p.3823 #13 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Funny how a mind works. We were up there suspended in God's creation this morning with a view few had the time, or privilege to access. All the different aircraft I've been thinking about lately rambled through my thoughts, and wonderful as any of them will be if and when we have them, there, in that moment, my joy meter was pegged. Wouldn't have been any more enjoyable in a shiny Mustang, in fact, probably would have been less in some ways. Perspective, it's a rare and wondrous thing, to be happy and at peace right where God has placed you at the moment is a feeling that I wish for everyone. Life today has a tendency to make those moments a bit elusive.


Aug 02, 2013 at 01:28 AM
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p.3823 #14 · p.3823 #14 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Another facet of the Legend that I love, is the fact that both doors fold down and both windows latch up. Vintage Cubs, and the "Top Cub" design from out in the northwest, only open on one side. Lady Jo and Glenn will tell you, it's a view!







Aug 02, 2013 at 01:41 AM
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Jeff W. wrote:
Early morning monochrome - Qantas A380 on final into LAX...



This will be me on the 16th October,...Sydney driect to DallasFW...
Not sure if im coming via 380 or 747-400, return trip from LAX to Sydney is via 380.

Flights booked
Accomodation in FW booked,
Accommodation in CHarlotte booked
Acommodation in LA Booked
Accomodation in Vegas booked

Visy approved.

Mustang hired LA to Vegas...
Tauras hired Charlotte...

Do I need to hire something large in DallasFW like a Jeep grand Cherokee ??..for extra bodies from HQ to FW

TOPP.
morning light Ryan..


Afternoon Mustang....



Al





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JWilsonphoto wrote:
Funny how a mind works. We were up there suspended in God's creation this morning with a view few had the time, or privilege to access. All the different aircraft I've been thinking about lately rambled through my thoughts, and wonderful as any of them will be if and when we have them, there, in that moment, my joy meter was pegged. Wouldn't have been any more enjoyable in a shiny Mustang, in fact, probably would have been less in some ways. Perspective, it's a rare and wondrous thing, to be happy and at peace right where God has placed
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And it dont get any better than that .



Aug 02, 2013 at 01:46 AM
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p.3823 #17 · p.3823 #17 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


You know Al, it never hurst to have a few extra seats. I don't know what I'd do most days without my "Landcrusher".


Aug 02, 2013 at 01:54 AM
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p.3823 #18 · p.3823 #18 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Nice images Al! A little trivia. Those Ryan's have a stall characteristic that, as my dear friend "Gunny" puts it, "will water your eyes". There's no buffet, no warning at all. If you let your speed drop below the magic number, boom, you are looking straight down. Bad news in the pattern, where that happens most often. The drop is wings level straight, unlike the Six, which is a half snap to inverted. The low level outcome is pretty much the same, it's just the angle of the ride to the smoking hole that varies.


Aug 02, 2013 at 02:00 AM
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p.3823 #19 · p.3823 #19 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel


Of all the images we've shared over the years, I don't believe I've shown you this one. Just sold it for a stock use so I had the lab to a 300MB drum scan of the transparency.

Beautiful Gig Harbor Washington......................

I guess I'm living proof that you can still sell stock for a reasonable price, direct to the client.






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Aug 02, 2013 at 02:15 AM
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Yes it is...


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