Sunday, August 1, 2010

Back on the Farm

We're back on the farm and I feel great. I know that it is hot, but at least it is peaceful and quiet. No extraneous generators, no high speed cars going by or nor gravel dust flying about. In short, I like it here, even if it is only for a short time. With our long list of "to do" items, I'm not sure we'll get it all done before we head off for the season. Our first stop is the Gypsy Journal Rally in Elkhart, IN on the 30th of August, and that isn't far off.

We pulled out of the EAA show a bit early for various reasons. For one, I didn't want to be around on Sunday when I understand it gets to be a real crowd. I'm not sure what you'd call it mid week, but there were plenty of people.

The EAA Show is a very interesting gathering, especially if you're interested in airplanes, flying and WW2 air history. The last subject is going to be history soon, as all of the speakers were only in their mid 80s or older. Some of them still have trouble speaking about some of it, but they also want us to know what happened from their perspective.

We listened to a very interesting speaker on the Wright Brothers and how they were able to come up with the first flyable heavier than air craft. For having a very modest education, they really were a remarkable team. They wrote a brief spec for the engine they needed and after no one could provide something close, they designed and built one in about 3 weeks. They drew up the plans and had a very talented technician in the shop that could turn drawings into hardware.

Time to turn it in tonight.

Gene

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