January26 — Bell 407

Tuesday, January 26 — Another night of napping a few hours (9:05 to 12:30) , up and working on the A-10 for a few hours, reading the new novel by Robert F. Dorr (GOOD BOOK, RECOMMENDED and back to bed at 3:30) then awake at 7 and up at 8:10. Into AKM at 8:55. Dragged early into the day. Up to Process Room and cleaned up a LOT and worked significantly on some models. Decided I’m not going to take names in the Process Room. Moved cot to cold room down the hall. Heard and saw an F-15 shooting approaches on 31 but didn’t rush down to take pictures. Sky was overcast and the best pictures would have been of marginal quality. Down to office abbut 1:00, saw a Bell 407 on the ramp and phot’d it from the fence. Then went over to terminal for vending machine snack food lunch (3 items for $2.75.) Arriving back was introduced to Frank C’s son Dan who donated a bunch of his dad’s flying equipment to AKM. Then met the pilot of the Bell on the ramp and really kit it off with him. He showed me the chopper. He visited with me for more than an HOUR before going to spend the night at a downtown hotel. Will resume flight to Indiana Wednesday. Terrific pilot, Viet War veteran. Ate my vending machine lunch at about 4, processed some Bell 407 pics, then back to Process Room, worked on models, picked up some more and scanned some pictures. Back downstairs about 6:00 and worked on pictures. Went home at 6:40. Day rating A.

Pictures are of the Bell 407 and new friend Bfad Stockwell, Viet War Huey pilot and combat veteran posing in the WELCOME Room with my books. The other picture shows Brad talking with  Dan Campo, son f local Ercoupe owner Frank Campo in the Horizon  FBO lobby, gentlemen both..


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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