|Departure from Chester County/KMQS|
Here's a quick video of our takeoff.
As usual, the forecast was shaky for the weekend. There were 30 knot headwinds on the trip out with moderate turbulence forecast, especially over the mountains. Sean hates a bumpy ride, but we decided to launch anyway. Here are some shots of the trip west to Ohio.
|Crossing the Susquehanna river near Harrisburg|
|Pretty shot of winding river|
|Sean hated this part|
|After clearing the mountains it smoothed out and Sean fell asleep|
As we crossed from West Virginia into Ohio, the terrain got perfectly flat and the air was smooth and calm in the late afternoon. We still had a ridiculous headwind.
|Ipad shows our flight path and arrival procedure|
|View of the screens|
|Ohio is sooooo flat|
|Nancy takes in the scenery|
Here is a video of our trip over the flatlands.
Here is a video of our landing in Dayton.
We texted our ETA as we approached and landed right on time at 5:30. Brett and Elizabeth met us on the ramp at Dayton/ Wright Brothers Airport. From there, they took us out to a great dinner at the Golden Lamb restaurant.
|Nancy with Brett and Elizabeth|
|Fuzzy Iphone selfie at dinner.|
Saturday morning I woke up early at their house, which has been dubbed "Cape Ferrell". The sunrise views were amazing. We had some breakfast, then watched them feed the ducks.
We stopped by their hangar to see their Velocity XL- FG N44VF, which is nicknamed "Victor Fox". It is a beautiful plane and is actually for sale. It is going to be a real steal for someone. Here are some pictures of it. Contact me if you want to get in touch with them.
|What a panel!|
Nancy was complaining that her sunglasses broke the seal on her Bose headset, causing undue noise. (RWGP - rich white girl problem). Brett and Elizabeth live near an outlet mall, sooooo....
|Nancy in her element|
|Brett Zoolander models designer glasses|
|The jet set|
|"One Meelion Dollars!"|
I feel compelled to comment on the transportation provided by Brett. He kept calling the vehicle "The Funkmaster". I thought that was just his nickname for the funky paint job. It turns out that it was actually a limited edition "Funkmaster Flex". You really can't make this up - nor can you find such a vehicle outside of the Midwest. I loved it.
|Our pilot - Funkmaster Brett|
|For real, and only in 'Murica.|
After that it was on to lunch at a Wisconsin based burger chain called Culvers for "Butter Burgers" and custard. I feel a CG problem developing....
|Sean finds his holy land.|
|What tops off a burger and fries like a bowl of custard?|
Next up, the National Air Force Museum. I had wanted to see this for years. It is absolutely spectacular with an exceptional collection of aircraft from every era of aviation including a stealth bomber, XB70 Valkyrie, X15, rockets, missiles and so on. We had to move fast through it but will go back.
|From the beautiful sculpture garden|
|Velocity gang with rockets|
|Look at that tubing. I would have scrapped a mile of the stuff to do this.|
|The gang reflected in a Lockheed Connie|
|Sean and I in fuselage reflection|
|Brett's atomic legacy|
|Ordinary rudder hinge holds spacecraft closed?|
|Not sure about these wire terminations|
|Mark and Brett salute Valkyrie power|
|Brett and I organize the thermonuclear bombs|
|Nancy next to the hot section of turbine, of course.|
|Sean spends 25 cents to make souvenir penny. Ah, capitalism.|
|Sean's not sure about Goblin fighter|
|Obligatory Eagle One!|
After a great time at the museum, it was back to Cape Ferrell for a relaxing evening and a great chane to talk.
Here is Elizabeth's VERY patient cat, who hung out with us.
|You will pay for this later, human.|
On Sunday, storms, turbulence and violent storms were forecast to move in along our route as the day progressed. We decided that we would need to do the "Oh Dark Thirty Departure" for home. Brett and Elizabeth were kind enough to get us to the airport by 8:00 a.m. The winds were forecast to be 35+knots, but this time as a direct tailwind. Cool!
|Saying goodbye as the sun comes up.|
|3 bags, 2 folding bikes, 3 people and full fuel!|
|Patriotic run up.|
|Starting our taxi|
We launch at 8:00 for the 400 mile trip home.
|Lined up, full power, here we go!|
|Sunrise view on climb out|
|Beautiful morning clouds|
Brett posted a great video of our departure.
Here are some shots from our flight home.
|Over the cloud deck|
|View of the screens|
|Our route on Foreflight on the Ipad|
|Look at that! 181 knots true.|
|Ducking under the incoming front|
|Love my autopilot. Checking out the scenery.|
|Beautiful cloud deck.|
A quick video of cruising over the clouds.
Here is our landing at home- KMQS, Chester County, PA.
We made the 400 mile trip home to Philadelphia from Dayton in one hour and 50 minutes. This is what the Velocity is really great at. We took all this stuff to visit our far off friends for the weekend and spent only 4 hours traveling. This makes most of the eastern U.S. reachable for weekend trips. I just love our Velocity.
More adventures to come.