January 4 — Aero L-39 Albatros

Monday, January 4 — In at 9:35 after errands downtown that included a visit to the John Thornton Walker: The Hero Who Didn’t Come Home printer. About two weeks ago the late afternoon after I took the book on a zip drive to the printer, I was showing a visiting friend the copy I had printed here at the office and noticed a MAJOR typo. I spent the rest of the evening going over the version I had left at the printer, discovered several more typos — heck, I thought I had done a good job with my proofreading earlier, but I was wrong — so I revised the text, put it onto a zip drive and took the zip back to the printer at 9 am the next morning. That afternoon the printer called. They had started printing the book and were concerned about some typos they had noticed. I asked if they were printing the revised version. They didn’t know about the revision! The week between Christmas and January 4 I HAD TO WORK FULL TIME AT EMPLOYER and could not visit the printer. I needed to earn every dollar I could. So today I visited the printer and we arranged that I would be able to look at a complete, PRINTED book, make minor corrections and THEN APPROVE PRINTING of the 200. Worked on a personal blog post for H&Q. Was delighted when the book Japanese Secret Projects by Edwin M. Dyer III and two 1/72 kits — Czech Master resin Pratt-Read LNE-1 and Franklin PS-2 “Texaco Eaglet” — arrived from Amazon books and Hobby Link Japan, respectively, arrived. I was watching a video about PBYs shared by a former top dressing pilot Mike Feeney of New Zealand when the mailman arrived with the packages, and I made myself watch and save the vid because it was absolutely fascinating with wonderful photos and news films about the Catalina. Spent half an hour looking over the new kits and book, everything totally terrific. Light snack food lunch and not much of it. Didn’t want to waste time with so much more important fun to have. I was confident I would live until dinner. Spent an hour and a half in the room upstairs where I also worked more than an hour Sunday. I have finished sorting plastic food boxes I’ve saved from supermarket prepared salads and fruit. Put each size into separate storage boxes and labeled the boxes. Did the same with plastic grocery store bags which will be very handy for the MAJOR model storage and inventory project which will probably take me well into spring. Worked on a couple of models in office and another few upstairs. I’m close to FINISHING some. WOW! PROGRESS. Phot’d from the fence in a cold light breeze  a newly arrived Falcon 900 — maybe a 7X: I’ll know when I process the pics. Back to AKM office to warm up and went  home at 7:30. Day rating A –

Photos are of  the Albatros of Jet Fighters Interenational, Inc.  whose president Gary E. Solkovits allowed me to come out to snap away as he preflighted. The business card says “You Can Fly The  Jet Fighter!!! Discovery Training  Flights  If you want to know more about what he  offers, visit http://www.JetFightersIntl.com and tell Gary that AeroKnow Museum sent you.   🙂


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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