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Despite the fact that last month set records for the warmest December in many decades, it ended with an arctic blast to make sure we all knew that Winter had arrived. However, on Thursday, the 1st, we had a nearly windless, albeit cold, bright sunny day to usher in the start of a new flying season and the opportunity to re-establish old friendships.
Here you see the most intrepid Rogue Eagle for 2015. Kevin Parker showed up at 7 Am and managed to get a very cold engine started and made the first flight of the year to win the admiration of all who arrived later. Kevin did mention the wind was from a funny direction as well as the sun being very low on the horizon and those two factors caused him to have to land from the opposite direction we are all used to. Well done Kevin!
In all over 39 flyers showed up to bring in the New Year right with a flight or two to show Old Man Winter we survived and are ready to do some serious flying.
It is always great to see the gang after such a long winter and here they are in no particular order. This is Cliff Sands Dirty Birdy with gear up and rocking and rolling through the very blue sky. Until all of the fuel was gone that is… note the very unmoving propeller. Cliff made a spot-on dead stick landing and as always made it look easy.
Clark Wolf and Richard Schwegerl showed off some four engine raging electric power-house B-17's. These two guys put on a show with some formation flying. These airplanes are remarkably docile and for some strange reason look bigger in the air than they do on the ground.