My Southwest Adventure Part 6

27 Nov

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites

Bill

While I was taking pictures of the VFM’s aircraft, I saw a C-47, painted with D-Day Invasion stripes, fly over a couple of times, and wondered where it was landing and 1taking off from.  I walked down the street a couple of blocks, and came upon the entrance to the AOPA 2013 AirPortFest.  I couldn’t believe my luck!  I ask the people at the gate if there was a fee to enter, and they said “No” so I walked in and spent a couple of hours checking out all the latest in General Aviation aircraft.  What a great show that was!  And of course, that’s where the C-47 was giving rides around Ft. Worth, if you had the price of a ticket.  I didn’t ask.

 2One of the most interesting planes I saw there was actually a glider.  The German built Stemme S10 MotorGlider has a retractable Rotax 914 F2/S1 supercharged flat-four engine in the nose, providing 113.5 hp for takeoff and climb, retractable landing gear, and a range of over 900 nautical miles; all for that special low price of $390,000 (US) when “you” pick it up at the factory in Strausberg, Germany.  Of course, you have to go by yourself as there is only room for the pilot.

The next day, before leaving Ft. Worth, I tried to visit the Hawk Field Flyers R/C Club field, and the Golden Triangle R/C Club field, but they were both closed.  It was Sunday 3morning, and I guess they must have all been at church (?)  So, I drove down to the Ft. Worth Stockyards Station and played the part of a tourist, while taking in the sights.  Most memorable was the video story of the western cattle industry development, how Ft. Worth became the rail yard hub for that industry, and how the cowboy was instrumental in making all that happen.   Then at 11:00, there was the real Longhorn cattle drive down Main Street.  What a sight that was!  Of course, back in the late 1800s, there would have been a lot more than 40 Longhorns running down a dirt street kicking up a lot of dust or mud, depending on the season.

The next day I drove the 35 miles on I-30 into Dallas, TX where I visited the Frontiers of Flight Museum which is located adjacent the Dallas’ Love Field.  Dallas being the headquarters for Southwest Airlines, I guess it’s appropriate for the FOF Museum to use a Southwest Boeing 737, which is nosed halfway into one wing of the museum, and allows you to enter and explore the entire plane.  Quite a novel idea I thought.  Then I made the short 20 mile trip North on U.S. 75, up to Addison, TX where I visited the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.  After that, I drove another 30 miles on the  Dallas’ “Loop” Hiway system over to Denton, TX where I visited the  Hanger 10 Flying Museum.  Luckily, “Gretta” my road Garmin was with me all the way.

 

After a substantial breakfast the next morning (I wasn’t expecting anything but peanuts all day), it was back to Dallas Love Field to turn in my rental car and wait for my Southwest Airlines flight to Houston, TX where I would change planes for Orlando, FL.  During my layover in Houston, I called my friend Leon’s sister, Mary, and had a nice talk with her about my great visit with Leon, and how he was doing. 

Amazingly, most of the people on my flight out of Houston to Orlando were dressed completely different from those on my flight coming the other way just 11 days before.  I didn’t see a single man wearing a 10-gallon hat or a pair of boots.  It was mostly shorts, tee shirts and jeans.  There must be something in the air or the water that makes people dress the way they do, but then that would be a subject for someone a lot smarter than me, and for sure in a different blog.

6I arrived in Orlando in time to take DiVoran to a delicious Baby Back Rib dinner at one of my favorite restaurants before heading home to Titusville, and my own bed.   Have you ever noticed how much better your bed at home feels compared to any motel bed?  It’s just not the same comfort level is it?  At least not for me, it isn’t.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love to travel, visit museums and see the sites, but it’s always nice to get home to the one I love and to my own bed.  So, until next time, enjoy each and every day God gives you and let’s “Keep ‘em Flying.”

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