One big advantage of being a Stead tenant during the races is that I can drive right to my hangar and avoid the crowded parking lots and long walk to one of the entrance gates. I normally park on one side of the hangar and open the other side so that people waking by can look in and see the planes inside. I have a polished Globe Swift that usually draws people to the hangar entrance for a closer look. and my wife has a Aeronca Champ project in the hangar with a For Sale sign attached. We have decided that we won’t be finishing the aircraft rebuild and will be selling the partially completed project in it’s current condition.
As race week progresses more people arrive at Stead to watch the action. There was a noticeable increase in traffic going by the hangar today. After an initial tour through the pit area I spent most of the day at the hangar answering Champ questions and talking about the Swift. I also had some airline friends stop by for a chat.