March 9 – Beech Hawker 900 XP, Pilatus PC-12

Wednesday, March 9 — In at 10 after an hour of major re-arrangement of the model workshop at home, I need to stop coming home very tired from the airport, and that means coming home earlier. Recently I’ve arrived home 7:30 to almost 10, sometimes eaten a light dinner, sometimes just peanut butter from the jar with a table knife, napped, awakened midnight to one, usually been minimally productive — seldom in the model workshop between awakening and returning to bed for a few more hours’ sleep. I need to change this. Processed pictures all morning. Fruit for lunch. More picture processing all afternoon. Mark H visited and he bought dinner at Culvers to talk about a new AeroKnow website. A very productive visit. On returning to AKM I was greeted by Craig, a Phenom 300 pilot who visited a few months ago and was very glad to see me. We had a nice visit. Model club meeting went exceptionally well. I worked on the 1/72 Ju-287 and a 1/48 Chinese J-7, an uprated early MiG-21 I intended to display in Soviet or North Vietnamese colors, but after reading details about the Chinese version, decided to sell or trade it for a 1/48 kit of the early MiG-21. Went home at 9:35 very happy with the meeting and the whole day. Day rating A

Pictures are of the Beech Hawker 900XP and Pilatus. Notice the name “Clover” where “Pilatus” is usually displayed just below the cockpit windows. What’s that all about?

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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