February 23 – Beech Baron & F-84F

Tuesday, February 23 — In at 8:55, sunny, nothing on the ramp. Started something new: I’m recording on list format, Word document, the saved CD copies of scanned picture of the aircraft (Piper Navajo, F-86, EC-135) on labeled CDs. Scanned pictures will be saved to CDs first because they’re on the older computer upstairs. I’m continuing to transfer pictures to CD from hard drive as time allows, but I could do that every minute I’m here at the office and I’d likely never catch up. The new focus moves me to STOP concerning myself with sorting and distributing scraps, clips and articles culled from donated publications. All of that seems suddenly unimportant now. Today was just the start, and at the end of the day, I had completed two CD lists. SLOW WORK. Lonesome, jaded friend visited as I was working on the February Lincoln Flyer and we talked for about 35 minutes. Back to Lincoln Flyer. I’m almost done with this issue. Photographed a Beech Baron nicely parked on the ramp. Stayed in office all day working on pictures and the newsletter. Day rating: B+ thanks in part to a visit by a fine elderly couple leaving town in a local Phenom that I did not photograph. She learned how to fly in a Cessna 150. Her CFI was Myron Sons, a super-nice fellow I knew a little bit and liked a LOT. Went home at 6:45.
Pictured today are the Baron and an F-84F which was a gate guard at the entrance to the 183d TFG, IL ANG area for years. It had snowed hard the previous night, but the temperature was rising fast as I arrived. I could not have time my visit to “the Hog” any better if I had tried.

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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