February 17 – UH-60, Lear 45

Wednesday, February 17 –In at 8:30 after looking at the frosty heat pump that was installed two years ago. Looked all over for the warranty papers at home. Didn’t find them. Brought some shelves from home model work shop to store more work in progress upstairs at AKM. Overcast and gloomy today. Nothing on the ramp. Found the good heat pump man’s business card in my desk and called him. He said the frost is normal. WHEW! Spent the morning in the Process Room putting things away in rooms down the hall, taking all the models in process out of the Intake Room to shelves out of the way in Process Rm. Was hungry all morning, waited until noon to walk to terminal vending machines for snack lunch for $2.75. Started to eat it. Two UH-60s from New Hampshire Army NG landed for fuel and most crew visited Welcome Room, leader gave permission for me to phot the helis and their departure. I will produce an AKM Gallery of Flight  blog post when time permits. Took many pictures, returned to office to process and was visited by long-time friend Richard Strode, 83. learned to fly locally in 1958 and flew for USMC. His first visit to AKM. Had a nice visit until he left about 4.
I finished my lunch and processed photos until the model club meeting at 6:30. I started an old 1/48 SMER kit of a MiG-17. Lots of convivial and not-constant chatter among all who attended. It was a good meeting and adjourned a little after 9:15. Another friend from down the hall, Kevin S., visited as I was processing UH-60 pics and we conversed until 9:55 when he left because Horizon Aviation was closing at 10:00. I walked out the door seconds before 10. Day rating: B.

Pictures are of the visiting UH-60s and Lear 45.

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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