Tag: estelle


Hallowed Ground

22

Aug 2012

Hallowed Ground

We awoke in Frankenmuth Michigan and after a cup of coffee met with John Shelton the VP of Sales and Marketing of Zehnders properties. After a brief introduction we were introduced to Al Zehnder, the name says it all, we landed at Zehnders field, stayed at Zehnders hotel and water-park and ate at Zehnders famous chicken restaurant. It was a great morning learning of the...

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2501 Miles From Home

21

Aug 2012

2501 Miles From Home

The journey continues. Today we started in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin from where we headed up the West coast of Lake Michigan, following the shoreline until we crossed into Lake Huron. Just after crossing into Lake Huron we came upon Mackinac island (pronounced Makinaw). We landed and were instantly transported back in time. In 1898 motorized vehicles were banned and it has stayed that way ever...

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Oil Leak Fixed….. Yesterday

20

Aug 2012

Oil Leak Fixed….. Yesterday

I was at Baraboo Dells airport at exactly 8am, this is the time I was told Tom from TC Air Care would be there. I needed the help of a professional and I wanted to make sure to get on his Monday Schedule. Tom was there and I explained my problem, he told me to bring the airplane over and we could get to work...

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Grounded

19

Aug 2012

Grounded

11 large screws, 3 short bolts and 10 Dzus fasteners is what holds in place the 3 piece cowling and 3 piece accessory cover of the Cessna 195. I know this because I have removed and replaced it twice in the last two days. When you are sitting at home daydreaming about your upcoming adventures, you inevitably get to the realization that while flying a...

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Behind, Behind the Scenes

18

Aug 2012

Behind, Behind the Scenes

What a fantastic day, filming with Flightline TV. It began with waking to sunshine blazing through the hotel window. It was 6:30 am and in just a few short hours I would be flying formation with an AT-6, filming an episode for The Flightline TV. We met with Mark, Paul and Mike of Flightline TV at Flying Cloud Municipal Airport where they equipped Estelle with...

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2012 Reno Air Races

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Aug 2012

2012 Reno Air Races

If you have not been to the Reno Air Races now is the time to go. The Reno Air Races date back to 1964 when Bill Stead organized an air race near Reno. The event has only been cancelled once, in 2001, when all airplanes were grounded. The Reno Air Races consist of 5 days of action packed, adrenaline pumping, wingtip to wingtip racing. I...

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Grand Finale, Landing at Oshkosh

22

Jul 2012

Grand Finale, Landing at Oshkosh

“Red…. Blue.. Uhh.. Orange Cessna 195, follow the high wing ahead monitor tower 118.5, wait… everyone wants to know where you are from” This is an excerpt from the radio call that I received while over Fiske intersection just 6 miles from Oshkosh Airport. What a truly unique experience. When flying in controlled airspace there is always two way communication between the pilot and controller,...

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Estelle Lands at Her Birthplace

20

Jul 2012

Estelle Lands at Her Birthplace

It has been 60 years since Estelle rolled off the assembly line at Cessna in Wichita and today she made a triumphant homecoming. Cessna have since moved their piston production to Independence Kansas so Estelle shared the ramp with many Ciatation Jets but I could tell she was happy to be home. On our third day of the adventure to Oshkosh our flight path took...

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Where Aliens Crash

19

Jul 2012

Where Aliens Crash

Day two of our adventure to Oshkosh started under beautiful conditions in Tucson Arizona, it was early but Estelle, Ken and I were ready for the day. We took on 52 Gallons of fuel for our next leg to Roswell, New Mexico, said goodbye to our new friends at Million Air and fired up for another hot day of flying. Our planned route was to...

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Journey to Oshkosh Day One

18

Jul 2012

Journey to Oshkosh Day One

Day one started out sunny and cool, a great Southern California morning. High clouds, light breeze and my heart pounding about the upcoming journey. It was just last night at 8:30pm that I took delivery of Estelle with her new paint job and several repaired maintenance items. I have flown Estelle before but it was over two months ago and I am loading her up...

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Estelle’s New Paint

18

Jul 2012

Estelle’s New Paint

Estelle had a makeover and she is ready for the world to see. Eveline and the crew at Century Aircraft Paint really went above and beyond on this paint job. I can not believe the artistry that went into the layup of paint. First the airplane was stripped down to bare metal, exposing any imperfections, which were promptly fixed. Next primer was applied to the...

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Picking Up Estelle, Videos 1-3

11

Jul 2012

Picking Up Estelle, Videos 1-3

In this episode, Wingster takes posession of of its new airplane, Estelle, Michael gets some instruction in the safe operation of a Cessna 195, and tailwheel troubles provide an opportunity to take a short tour of Goodland, Kansas.


Painting Estelle Update

19

Jun 2012

Painting Estelle Update

We are getting so close now.  Erik and I went by Century Aircraft Paint today and argued about the radius of a particular circle we wanted to recreate.



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