March 21 – Robinson R44

Monday, March 21 — In at 9:05 Sunny, calm, phot’d a Piper Arrow T-tail and Air Tractor 602, serial number 602 on ramp. Worked on files in Research Room about two hours. A few cookies for lunch. Changed into junky worn out clothes to spend the afternoon with models – touching up red on B-36, early assembly of C-123, bottom light blue of Ju-287, interior blue of MiG-21 and start of float assembly on F4F FLOATPLANE, painted some props in motion for P-38 and P2V. In my present economic state, I’ve developed an almost pathological fear of spilling model paint on the few decent clothes I have. This has compromised my enjoyment of modeling. I hate to change into junky clothes because I will NOT wear them downstairs and have to change back to good threads fast if I hear or see a photo opportunity arriving on the ramp or shooting approaches. On the other hand, I need to FINISH Some of these models! Progress is slow but some progress is better than no progress. Back down to office at 6:15. Answered a question regarding a picture of a German airplane posted on Facebook by the Air Force Historical Foundation. Piece of cake for anyone who digs the Arado Ar-396, and I do. Homeward bound at 7:00 after a quiet but productive day. Day rating: B

Pictures are of a Robinson R-44 encountered this morning when I arrived, March 22 about 6:45. The light of the sunrise on the opposite side and the color of the Robinson really “spoke” to me, so I rushed the rest of the way to my office — 10 steps, maybe — returned with my Sony Cyber-shot and took these through the fence is a very strong and very cold — probably 35 degrees F — and am glad I did.

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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