March 12 – Citation VII, Phenom 100

Saturday, March 12 –In at 7:30, overcast, threatening rain. Processed a few pics from yesterday, gathered AKM material and worked on it at employer from 9 to 20: trimming and sorting clippings. I’ve stopped clipping aviation articles from newspapers during the week (no time, an un-needed chore in an office here at the airport with higher priorities) so I clipped from several old newspapers (1976 Olympia, Washington) and the week’s local daily and finished that before lunch. Employer SPLURGED and brought me what HE called a SANDWICH and everyone else calls an EGG McMUFFIN. What the heck? It’s nourishment. Back at airport I processed pictures for half an hour before feeling sleepy. Headed upstairs to take a nap because I didn’t want to dose off while attending a classical guitar concert downtown. I had just put my head onto the throw pillows after lying down when I heard a helibird arrive, too loud and throaty for an EC-135. So reluctantly, I arose and had to go down to the ground floor lobby to see what it was, and I’m glad I did. It was a Sikorsky MH-60S, the last one to come off the production line, being delivered to the US Navy in California according to the crew who were with HSC-21 “Blackjacks.” The skipper gave me permission to picture it, and I spent 20 minute phot’ing and talking with three enlisted crew while the officers checked on weather inside Horizon. Took many pictures of the enlisted trio, super people, cheerful, happy to talk. Phot’d departure. Processed pictures until 7:30 when I had to leave for the concert, absolutely delighted that I had not taken the nap. I did drink three or four cups of coffee after the MH flew away. Will post MH pics Monday. Here are the  Phenom 100 and Citation VII pics from Friday, March 11.  I stayed awake during the excellent guitar concert (the Avanti Trio from northern Illinois) took pics at the reception, was home by 10:30 and slept like a baby. Day rating: A


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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