May 17 – Cessna 310R

Tue, May 17 — In at 7:25, overcast, calm, DA-42 on the ramp. Worked 8:50 to 9:50 in Process Rm. Put away more files,worked on U=2 and painted all the bombs to be hung on the B-52. To Welcome Rm to be here when Martin M. was scheduled to visit and help. We inventoried Airpower, Wings, Scale Aircraft Modelling in Surplus Rm, then  to Magazine Rm to process storage labels, and we ended in Intake Rm to install a heavy shelf that I could not handle solo. BLESS Martin M. Versatile, initiates conversation without going on and on and  on and on and on. It was a very satisfying third two-hour visit with him.  He departed at noon and I had fruit and coffee for lunch. WordPress whiz kid Ash H. visited to discuss my interest in ACTION in the direction of a new AKM web site. Must touch bases with a few long-time friends before doing anything.  Back upstairs to Magazine Room at 2:10. At 2:30 to Process Rm and worked on the YB-49, finished painting the  B-52 bombs and put some things away there. LOTS of tweaking as I begin to focus on modeling. Back to Welcome Room at 5:45. Phot’d a visiting Swearingen just arrived on the ramp. Processed some of the pictures from Monday and went home at 7:30. Day rating: A

Pictures are a Cessna 310 based in Lansing, Michigan visiting Monday. The couple were very interested in AKM, and we had a terrific visit. While he paid for the fuel, she showed me the airplane; explained the white-painted metal panels on the fuselage next to the props were additional “armor” to deal with ice coming off the props at high revs in winter, a necessity for Michigan. Based on the appearance of the right tip tank, the weather is rough on Michigan airplanes. The extended nose had an additional baggage compartment with a capacity of 350 pounds.  It was great fun meeting them and seeing their 310.

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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