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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Visit to our Velocity Buddies Brett and Elizabeth in Dayton, Ohio

Departure from Chester County/KMQS
We have been getting a lot of use out of the Velocity this year. In the last few months, we have been to Oshkosh, Charlotte and, now, Dayton, Ohio. Our longtime Velocity buddies and Oshkosh co-conspirators Brett and Elizabeth Ferrell invited us for a visit to their home in Ohio. We decided on another weekend trip and flew from Philadelphia to Dayton, about 400 miles, after work on Friday. We took our 15 year old son Sean with us.

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

Bumpy terrain

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. 

The Funkmaster!

Our pilot - Funkmaster Brett

Funkmaster crew

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

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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.

Must be.....longer!

Nice kitty.


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

Sunrise view

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

206 knots!

Look at that! 181 knots true.

Winglet view

Ducking under the incoming front

Love my autopilot. Checking out the scenery.

Beautiful cloud deck.

Dodging buildups

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.