The picture above is just a part of what you’re missing if you don’t boogie out to First Class Air at Springfield, Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport and see this immaculately restored B-17 on display and flying all day Sunday. Walk through tours begin at 9:00 am and cost $5 a person. You may take a ride in it (atout 45 minutes in the airplane; about 30 minutes in the air) for $425 per person. Springfield Chapter Illinois Pilots Association is selling hot dogs, chips, cookies, bottled water and soft drinks. Proceeds go to IPA. They will be happy to talk to you about this excellent flyers’ organization, and I will be happy to talk to you about my new book Springfield Aviation which goes on sale September 15. It’s all history in the sharing from good folks to good folks. Ask for Darley at the refreshment tent table and then ask her where the bookseller is. She will connect.
This was the first gathering of aviation enthusiasts where I met a fellow who had not heard of John Gillespie MacGee, Jr., and his immortal poem High Flight. I told him I was probably the only fellow at the airport who could recite the poem (TERRIFIC POEM), and then in the middle of Hangar One at First Class Air, I recited it as the author might have intended it to be shared; my best guess at any rate. Suffice to say, even though the poem (now public domain) is not in my book, he took an order form so he can send me his check when it goes on sale in mid-September.
The whole arrangment — B-17 restoration extraordinaire, great IPA people and book-schlepping writer/photographer — are worth your time Sunday. I hope to see you there!
Live long . . . . . and proper.