March 3 – C-12, Gulfstream GIV-X

Thursday, March 3 — In at 8:30, spitting light rain, nothing on ramp. Worked on photo sorting all day until F-4 specialist Larry ____ visited from northern Illinois a drive of an hour and a half. He brought a simple, small 35mm slide and negative scanner which seemed sub-nominal for AKM but it’s fine for home use. We spent about an hour going through AKM slides of 170th TFS Phantom slides, many of which he scanned on his machine. I DO want to find a smaller scanner to process 35mm negatives and keep the large flatbed scanner for the rest of what’s needed here. Phot’d a visiting Gulfstream V. Treated myself to a meatball sandwich from the terminal Subway and a vending machine Mountain Dew from the pilots lounge at Horizon. Good sandwich! Returned to the photo sorting and began fine tuning the distribution. I am about halfway through the first BATCH, and again, I’m barely scratching the surface of what needs to be done. I decided to stay with photo sorting for the rest of the day, because if I were feeling happy about how things are going, I wouldn’t want to do this activity. As long as I’m having a “Grade D” day, I should do something productive with it. Gary B from a local aviation group visited about 7 because I agreed to provide pictures for THEIR promotional materials and give photo credit to AeroKnow Museum in the brochures. We get along. Responded to a post of Facebook about how a friend still hates Jane Fonda for her betrayal of GIs in the Vietnam War. I said that I’ve not yet forgiven Cain . . . . but I’m getting along pretty well. The last half an hour out here restored my positive attitude. Left at 9:00. Day rating: B

Pictures were taken here at SPI March 3. I was not happy with the angle on the 12 because it was impossible to include a view of the nose. I was “fence-limited” and could
not position myself far enough to the left to include it.

I was very happy with the GIV-X. I was behind the fence when he took off and another parked bird was in the way  to my left, so I could not track him until he was almost by me, and by the time the little Sony was ready for the next picture he was too far down the runway and moving fast. I’m including the one pic of the takeoff to show his flap setting.  Still, it was an exceptional encounter.


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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