April 28 — Short Skyvan, F-15

Thursday, April 28 — In at 7:25, calm, sunny and clear after rain overnight. Had a nice visit with a Lear 45 pilot very interested in the models, walked with me out to the ramp where I phot’d his 45. Will post pics of it Saturday. Processed more pictures from last year and had an unhurried visit with a love-sick friend. As I walked with him out to the parking lot, I saw crew  exiting the first Shorts Skyvan I’ve seen at this airport. It was a CFI and students from northern, Illinois. They showed me the Skyvan inside and out and I spent all afternoon processing pictures of it during their first and second visits to the ramp. Also phot’d an F-15 which made one approach over 22. The Skyvan crew came to shoot approaches at this quiet airport. I accomplished nothing upstairs, and that frustrated me, but when something unexpected, like a Skyvan, arrives on the ramp,  I’d be an idiot not to take advantage of the photo op. I took 58 USABLE pictures and probably 20 more that I didn’t keep. AAAAND it kept me tied up with the computer until 8:55 when I finished processing them. Went home via grocer at 9:00. Day rating: A

I photo’d the Skyvan inside and out and will share many more in a future AeroKnow Museum Gallery of Flight blog post and in the April Lincoln Flyer newsletter. Here’s the Shorts, and all five of the ’15.


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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