Monday, February 19, 2024

What's Up by Leroy Cook

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A touch of winter, but great air to encourage flight. That was last week's favored conditions, allowing most aerial plans to proceed. Friday's dash of snow took up a few hours, however. Monday the 12th dawned a little freakish. I took off eastbound and was greeted by white snow cover laying across a diagonal line from south of Butler to just west of Clinton. All else was dry brown, and the snow was gone when I returned that afternoon.


Mucho traffic came and went this week, such as several Piper Cherokees, a Cessna 182, a Cirrus and a homebuilt Van's RV. A hulking North American T-28A Air Force trainer, circa 1950's, parked its 800-hp bulk here for a few days, in the process of being ferried to a new owner in Virginia. This one was painted in U.S. Army Vietnam-era colors, but I doubt that the Army ever owned T-28's. The A-model was used by the USAF for advanced training into jets, while the T-28B and C had 50% more horsepower and was used by the Navy.


Locally, CFI's Christian Tucker and Eric Eastland were out with the Mooney M-20 and Cessna Skyhawk, respectively, while Les Gorden's Piper Twin Comanche and Beech Bonanza saw action. Jeremie Platt saw to his Grumman Tiger's needs and I extracted the Aeronca Champ from storage.


A brand-new Private Pilot joined the ranks last week, as Bob Plunket of Clinton passed his practical exam for the rating. Bob moved up from Nashville 15 months ago and promptly set to work on achieving his goal. Now he can transition from the Cessna 150 into a Piper Cherokee and Aeronca Champ in the family fleet. Congratulations, Bob!


“Is it pretty cold up there?” is a common interrogation, to which I can respond, “Not in the cockpit, but outside it's pretty chilly.” The standard temperature decline is 3.5 degrees per 1000-foot increase in altitude, so 70 degrees at sea level becomes 35 at 10,000 feet. But things are seldom standard in one particular air mass; inverted temperatures, with warmer air aloft, are common in wintertime. So, when it's 10 degrees on the surface we might find it in the 20s a few hundred feet up.


Our quiz from last week's column wanted to know what the “V” stood for in the German V-1 and V-2 unpiloted bombs lobbed across the English Channel in WW-II. I'm told it was “Vengeance”, or “vergeltungswaffen” for “revenge weapon”, payback for the punishment of the WW-I Treaty of Versailles. For next week, of the Brothers Wright, Orville and Wilbur, which one was older and who died first? You can send your answers to [email protected]

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