Thursday, March 17 — In at 6:45, calm, cool and clear. Worked upstairs in the Books Room and most of the rest of the rooms, tidying the joint, putting things away, arranging books better. LOTS to do in the Books and Magazines Rooms after spending less tan two minutes total time in them from November through most of March. I had VOWED to spend no money on kits so I could pay off some long past due medical bills, but Falcon Hobby had a sale on, and I strayed from my vow: bought three, including a Roden C-123 in US Coast Gaurd Markings and Italeri 1/48 Spitfire IX “My First Model Kit” rendition which I will display unbuilt in the Welcome Room to encourage newcomers to go buy one. Also bought a 1/48 Italeri P-47D which I will finish as a Brazil Air Force bird that flew combat in Italy during WW2. Larry T. visited to copy slides for about FOUR HOURS and I was compelled to stay pretty close to the Process Room during that time. I’ve truly OPTIMIZED layout of that room. Also filed MANY Cessna articles in the adjacent Research Room. The crew of a UH-72 Lakota transiting from Lincoln, Nebraska visited the Welcome Room after I returned to it following Larry’s departure. I phot’d it on the ground and departing. Processed those pictures until about 6:45 then stopped because I was getting tired. Went home at 7 sharp, very satisfied with the progress made today upstairs. Day rating A-
Photos are of what appeared to be a factory-fresh UH-72 Lakota, based in Lincoln, Nebraska that refueled at SPI Thursday. The crew visited AKM and permitted me to phot their bird. When we walked out to it I commented that there were no unit insignia anywhere on the helicopter, that it looked like it just rolled off the assembly line, clean as a whistle, no exhaust stains, faded paint, wear and tear . . . . and asked if it was on a delivery flight. They said it was not on a delivery flight, and I didn’t ask any more questions. They were very courteous, but it was clear they wanted to fly, so I didn’t get in their way.