The Week That Was — April 26 to May 2

Sun, April 26 — Into Hangar 1 at 6:50 and totally enjoyed the breakfast and people and many airplanes that visited on the ramp. Had no help at all, but the indifference of the ass wipes who didn’t help inspired me to be even more dedicated to what I’m doing. I was back in my AKM office after moving all my AKM gear back to my rooms at AKM but not putting anything back where it belongs. I have a TON of work to do here! And I am NEWLY FOCUSED on a systematic, priority-focused approach to developing the content out here. Worked upstairs sorting things, setting aside some shelving to take home for the modelling room. Posted a blog about my intention to start focusing on what need to be done FIRST around here. Took many stackable cuts of 2 x 4s suitable for separating shelving, used here since arrival . . . and some shelves I don’t intend to use here to truck for home workshop.Departed for grocer and home at 7:30. Before dinner (a grocery store salad and iced tea; that was enough) arranged the shelves in workshop. Sat, May 2 — In at 8:10, calm & sunny. Walked the fence down to space between Hangar 2 & 3 to phot a T-45 that arrived yesterday late afternoon from Texas. Will try to phot close Sunday when he departs. Back to office at 8:30, processed the pics and worked on AHEC for today’s meeting. The meeting went okay. We’re all still semi-friends. The group promised to tour AKM at our next meeting May 14, a positive move.

Mon, April 27 — In at 7:50, sunny, cool and calm. Put away some models from display. Had a fine visit with the pilot of a Citation Excel S and he showed me the bird in and out. Work was quiet and fine. Sorted many homebuilt ac scraps. Phot’d a Cirrus after work and processed more. Brought down some model stands. To home at 7:40.

Tue, April 28 — In at 9:35 , cool & sunny. Processed pictures. Worked on scraps at employer and made good progress. I’m really worried over this John Thornton Walker book project. If I don’t finish it SOON, the daughter of JTW may show up at my office door and demand that I give BACK what they donated to AKM a few years ago. But there’s not much I can put on hold around here. MUST work with Illinois Pilots Association, the Lincoln Flyer, American Aviation Historical Society and JUST when I dare to report some real achievements, I get a note asking how the JTW BOOK is coming together. I WISH I was making faster progress! So tonight I worked from 5:20 to 8:30 on the book, transcribing the last entries from “T’s” pilots log to a page in the book and scanning several picture the family had taken during their visit. PROGRESS for sure. But I MUST come to AKM later than usual so I can get a haircut at 11, they closest they could get me in. I am going to stay with the book as much as I can. Went home at 8:50.
Wed, April 29 — Didn’t come out in the morning; stayed home, waiting for my barber (who opens at 11 am these days), and cleaned, put away and discarded a lot of papers in the office and rest of the house. Work was fine: lots of organizing homebuilt ac scraps. Phot’d a Cessna 421 and Robinson R44, worked on JTW book. Showed pipeline inspectors from a Ces 182 the WELCOME Room. Nice visit but gave them the black & white brochure instead of color brochure because they were pretty detached. Worked pretty intensely on JTW until leaving for home at 9:10.

Thu, April 30 — In at 8:10, sunny and cool. Phot’d the black R44 in perfect sun. Worked on JTW book because I won’t be here after work. Must attended a Chamber of Commerce event to share AKM presence there and schmooze with some potential supporters.

Fri, May 1 — In at 7:40, calm & sunny. Worked on JTW ten minutes before quitting to do some straightening up the MESS since Sunday in the WELCOME Room after the fly-in. Made a little progress, but it was slow going: several trips upstairs. I’ve decided to sell/trade most of my 1/32 models with the goal of displaying 1/144 where the 1/32 built models are now. I WANT to buld larger 1/48 for top shelves in most of WELRoom. Work was fine. Finished with the homebuilt scrap sorting. Began to sort larger clips. Back at AKM worked on JTW almost two hours, despite needing some pictures to fill some “holes” and at least one more visit to Camp Lincoln. MUST FOCUS on that starting next week. Did MAJOR rearranging in Intake Room. Worked up a major sweat before returning to office at 8:45 and going home at 9, pretty tired.

Sat, May 2 — In at 8:10, calm & sunny. Walked the fence down to space between Hangar 2 & 3 to phot a T-45 that arrived yesterday late afternoon from Texas. Will try to phot close Sunday when he departs. Back to office at 8:30, processed the pics and worked on AHEC for today’s meeting. The meeting went okay. We’re all still semi-friends. The group promised to tour AKM at our next meeting May 14, a positive move.

Thanks for reading this post.

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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