|First Look April 28, 2011, Kinston, NC|
Made it to North Carolina just fine and Steve Wilson, former AF O-1 FAC was here to meet us and give us a ride to Kinston. Found our airplane sitting on the ramp at the Delta Jet Center. Problem is, lots of bad weather in the area. We saw evidence of tornadoes all around. We may have to hold up in the local Holiday Inn Express till tomorrow. Pictures to follow.
|Steve Wilson & Fred Mooney|
|Challenge for the day.|
Today has been an exceptional day. The weather has been great with unlimited visibility, the ride was smooth most of the time and our little plane has functioned flawlessly. We put over eight hours on our Bird Dog today without a hitch. Considering that it hasn't flow that much in two years, says a lot for this little veteran. Two and a half more hours and she will be safe in Fort Worth. We made stops in Clemson, South Carolina, Corinth, Mississippi and Texarkana, Texas. I have been surprised at how few people know what an O-1 is. I am having trouble getting pictures up on the blog, so that may have to wait until I get home. I have plenty.
|Fred feeds the Dawg at Clemson|
|Fred at work|
|OBA Member Roy Pitt met us in Texarkana (before being a Marine OV-10 Plane Captain, Roy had been trained on the O-1.|
|iPad is my co-pilot|
|Crossing the Mississippi|
Left Texarkana under special IFR. The iPad charts were invaluable finding our way through all the towers west of there. Low overcast for at least an hour after takeoff. I really gained a sense for what the O-1 guys did flying low over farms, fields and forests. We even scared a calf here and there and got a friendly wave from people on the ground more than once. It got busy making our way through the Metroplex as we approached Dallas and Fort Worth without altitude reporting to the controllers. Two and a half hours after takeoff, we landed at Meacham Field at 1027, after a couple of welcome home passes. We had put 10.5 hours on our bird dog and she performed without a hitch. Our reception committee applauded our arrival and we put our prize in the petting zoo with our other treasures. There will be more to come, a lot more, but for now this was an amazing trip for me and I would do it again in a heart beat. Best airplane ride in years. Bravo Zulu to all who made this possible.
The DAWG's in the yard!