Monday, March 7 — In at 9:02, light rain, almost warm, nothing on the ramp. The rain was over by 10:00. Took five copies of JTW book to Springfield Airport Authority offices to sell in the terminal gift shop. Left some Lincoln Flyers on the SAA offices counter. Had an excellent visit with director Hanna who is going to allow me to share news of the book with the SAA board when their budget discussions are over. It’s been three years since I last spoke at a board meeting. Mailed JTW books to Washington, Indiana newspaper, library and Illinois State Historical Society. To Hobby Lobby for some modeling supplies. To Creve Coeur Camera for some light cotton gloves to help with handling aviation negatives, prints and slides. They were out, but ordered some and promised to mail them to me at AKM so I don’t have to drive all the way out there again. LOOKED at a new Canon EOS 70D and drooled. $1,000 — fair enough price. Back to AKM. Had a very positive, productive day, phot’d a Citation CitationJet from the fence, but worked the entire afternoon sorting pictures and making good progress. Went home at 5:30 to play with the new computer keyboard for his home computer. All around a very good day. Rating: A.
The CitationJet (Model 525) pics almost didn’t happen. I hadn’t noticed the winglets on that series (my eyes must be losing it), and after phot’ing the winglet, I HAD to catch the complete enchilada for the record.
The patch was donated to AKM by Joseph Springfield, a CFI visiting SPI and who toured the AKM Welcome Room a few days ago. The 3d is based in Oklahoma. The 3d FTS patch shaped as a triangle was on his associate CFI’s uniform . I was told they are simply variations on the design. So too the black patch.