April 29 – T-6B, T-45C

Friday, April 29 — In at 7:25, overcast, rain on the way, just a Cessna TTX on the ramp. Worked in Magazine Room from 8:30 to 1 when I came back to office and saw a perfectly parked T-6B. Made and printed labels for magazine storage boxes. As I did this, kept eyes out for the T-6 crew in the pilots lounge, followed them when they went out to their plane, but since they had not come INTO AKM I was not authorized to engage them in conversation when they were here in the building. Outside, from behind the fence I did say “Welcome to Springfield!” as they pre-flighted, learned they were flying to Kansas City  which is home town for instructor and student. Had not planned to land here,  but there were weather issues, and they were in a hurry to beat the front approaching KC. So I took pictures from behind the fence, HAPPY they were parked so perfectly. Did not phot their take off due to sub-nominal light and having to stay behind the fence. Was processing their pics when I heard the T-45 arrive. Crew stayed ensconced in the pilot lounge and showed no interest in AKM. The bird was parked on the other side of an airplane so my view was sub-nominal, but I did the best I could. Spent the rest of the day processing pictures and went home at 7:25. I had hoped to spend more time with organizing and labeling the magazines, but I was determined to finish my work with the pictures I took this afternoon. Day rating: A-minus, still a very productive day! 🙂

Was very happy with pilot pictures of the T-6. Also here are the best I could do with the T-45, all taken the afternoon of  April 29.

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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