Late in the afternoon of May 17, 2016, I opened a letter from visitors to AKM’s WELCOME Room last week. The pilot came in first and talked at length with me about the Citation and AKM. The conversation was as smooth as though Ernest Gann had written it for one of his aviation stories. INCREDIBLE rapport and mutual interest . . . . cut unexpectedly short when his passengers arrived to board the Excel for their return home. I don’t understand who wrote the letter (for reasons you will see in what follows, but the good will and delight are easy to understand. Here is what he said in his letter . . .
“Dear Mr. Conger,
“It was very interesting to stop by Springfield airport the other day, and discover the small portion of the AeroKnow Museum that I got to see.
“It was also very nice to chat with you, even though our time was cut short by the passenters arriving early.
“What you have is very unique, and appreciated greatly by the professionals who get a chance to stop by. Next time I am in Springfield, I am definitely setting some time aside to explore more of your unique collection.
“P.S. The pen and paper here belong to Konstantyn’s wife and young Netjets pilot, that flew Citation 560 XL.
“They told me about you, and spoke highly of your collection and the work you do.
Katarina and Konstantyn ”
I did not include last names and addresses to ensure their anonymity. The letter included a very nice check for the AeroKnow account. As a result of their kindness, the Canon copier I have wanted for our Research Room will be purchased and placed there this Friday. It’s an incredible feeling to know what all ears are not deaf, and all eyes are not blind to the significance of what’s going on — with a little help from our friends — at AeroKnow Museum.