I recently returned from a short trip with my better half. We left Minneapolis for Mackinac Island. A couple nights on the island was like going back in time. They have an airstrip, but no cars, just bikes and horse and buggy transportation – very cool place! Here’s what it looks like getting in (with the Mackinac bridge in the background) and a picture of our taxi:
On our way out of the airport, I spoke with a fellow that had just landed with his wife and another couple; he was still shaken from landing his Skylane on Rwy 26 (here’s why: METAR KMCD 091438Z AUTO 30012G31KT 10SM SCT028). It was no problem getting out of there with the Cirrus.
Then we went to Dayton, OH, which is home to the National Museum of the Air Force. The museum takes you through airplane development decade by decade, so you can really see how designs evolved.
In a special hanger, they have three retired Air Force Ones, two of which were piston powered, these planes served FDR through Reagan. FDR’s Douglas VC-54C, named “Sacred Cow” is the ship that took him to Yalta. It has an elevator to lift his wheelchair! Here’s a picture:
We entered the museum at 9am and had to rush to get out at their 5pm closing!
Although my wife is not interested in being a pilot, she has several thousand miles of Cirrus flying experience and she’s looking forward to our next trip as much as me! Before the Cirrus, she’d get in a plane with me, but never with much enthusiasm… I sure do like that SR22! [:)]