Long Time Gone

As I approached the parking lot between the FBO and the A.L. Capital Airport Terminal last Sunday, a glance at the dashboard panel informed me I had no fuel in the tank, I was going zero miles and hour and most other instruments were pegged on the left. There was inertia enough to carry me into a parking space where the truck remained until Monday when the owner, my part-time employer, had it towed to a friend’s back yard garage repair shop. I’ve been without a truck, without a vehicle of any kind since I arrived home via taxi cab. The one-way trip cost $11.90.

During my five hours at the museum I totally re-arranged the shelving and desks to provide maximum tall wall space for more glass and concrete block display area. It will give me the cubic feet along three of the Museum’s four walls to triple the display area. Now all I have to do is purchase them and set them up.

Today, supporter Kevin Panting, who is also unencumbered by an employer, but whose lovely wife Sandy brings a paycheck home every few weeks, drove us out to the Museum in a station wagon packed with more historic material. Kevin had other commitments this afternoon and had to depart in 40 minutes, and dropped me home. I would have gladly stayed the rest of the day, called a cab and come home about 8 tonight if I had another $11.90 for cab fare, but I don’t. Until I get the truck back, with a replacement alternator and probably a replacement battery, I am marooned on a lonely island I call HOME.

I am searching for a pickup truck for a price I can afford which isn’t much. Your leads and offers are welcome.

Time away from the Museum inhibits the chance for us to acquire the shelves and concrete blocks. With the disarray visible thrpugh the door window and large display window visible from the hall, the sub-par circumstance is woefully evident. This must change for the better soon.

If you work at the airport and would consider a rider/museum director to accompany you to and from work up to four days a week, please contact me — 544-6122. Let me off at the main airport entrance if you’re not employed at the terminal or nearby FBO. I will gladly buy some of your fuel for the help. Thanks for your consideration.

CAVU and happy landings.


About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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