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Aviation Stories for March 30, 2012


Still no flying this week. Even if I had planned on attending Sun-n-Fun this week, I never would have made it out of the area. The winds at the house have been hitting 30 knots virtually every day. It has been caused by a really long string of low pressure systems moving through the area. Today it was spitting rain most of the afternoon, though nothing is showing on the radar. Fly-ins out here on the left coast start in a couple of weeks – here’s hoping the weatherman gets the NOTAM.

Here are some articles that you may have missed this week:

PBY Catalina
PBY Catalina

Recovering and Restoring
This is from the Star News Online in Wilmington, N.C. Randy Ferris of Marengo, IL used to run a string of gas stations but aviation was his real passion. His father had flown B-17s in WWII and flying was ‘ in his blood.” He sold his gas stations, became a crop duster and searched for a warbird to restore…

Back in the air again.
This is from the Beacon-News in Aurora, IL. Don Thomson, 91 years old, got back into one of his naval Aviation trainer aircraft recently. Thomson Flew missions in the PBY Catalina for the Navy from 1942-1946.

Monument woman fulfills her dream
This is from the TriLakes News in Monument, CO. Janelle Baron is one of those success stories we all wish we could emulate – a person who set a goal and did whatever was necessary to achieve it. Why don’t you give it a try…