January 3 – Beech T-1 Jayhawk

Sunday, January 3 — In at 8:20, cold outside (big surprise there, aye?) Wore my leather jacket for the second time this winter. Just walking into the Horizon Aviation FBO, home of AeroKnow Museum , wearing the incredible Doolittle Tokyo Raid artwork by AAHS President Jerri Bergen makes me feel as tall in the saddle as the left seat in the cockpit of a C-124. Wrote replies to several correspondents this morning. Worked upstairs in the kit inventory project room now combined with the Video & Reading Room and the Central Illinois Plastic Modelers meeting room if things develop as discussed at last Wednesday’s meeting. So much of what needs to be done here could be accomplished by trained chimpanzees. So if you know any trained chimpanzees whose promises mean something, send them my way. Got a lot accomplished up there. Also made progress on an ancient Frog 1/72 kit of a de Havilland Sea Vixen, what I call the “ultimate Vampire” with its configuration unique to P-38s and Adam 500s. Wrote a check to renew my membership in the American Aviation Historical Society. Took no pictures and welcomed no visitors. Still, I was satisfied with the day and going home earlier than usual, about 4:15. Day rating:  B

Pictures are of a visiting Beech T-1 Jayhawk, taken early September 2015; a noisy bird, but a good one.

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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