I flew over from Ashland to Montague in the pre-dawn to see the dawn ascension of balloons at the Montague Balloon Fest. There were eight balloons including the Smokey-the-Bear balloon from the US Forest service (great public outreach!)
(oh darn, preview software showed both images right side up, even though the second one was portrait. Doug's site doesn't allow attachment editing after posting. any moderators able to rotate the image?)
First time I've taken off in the dark in a long time. My main worry was whether there were any deer on the runway. I back-taxied about half the runway and didn't see any. Montague is just about a 15-minute hop over the Siskiyou pass. Got to Montague in time to tie down in the static display area at the airport and walk over the hill to the balloon launch site.
After that, I was around the airport for the static display. My RV-8 and the s/n 24-03 HP-24 glider were both on display, joined by a Stinson, an Ercoupe, a C-172, and a J-3.
We also gave 10 glider rides. Was a pretty fun day.
"The Magic Carpet" Flying since Sept. 2009
1/4 share in 1959 C-182B (tow plane)
LS6-15/18W sailplane SOLD
bought my old LS6-A back!!
VAF donation Dec 2021