Good Morning Everyone!
I'm finding that a monthly blog update will be more achievable with our hectic schedule. I hope this is okay with everyone, but it will help me also gather interesting content.
The last month has been incredibly busy, and I'm very likely to have forgotten something in here, so bear with me. We've been flying the PT-22 to a number of events, and the pilots are becoming increasingly knowledgeable on the aircraft. It's a crowd pleaser for sure, having a continuous group around it at shows! I see great things for that little aircraft.
The other aircraft have been busy as well, all making appearances at the Lakeville Pan-O-Prog and the Wings of the North Airshow in Flying Cloud (save for the L-5 which had engine trouble). Both events were incredible successful for us, PX and rides were sold, and B-25 tours are bringing in around $1500 per weekend (WOW!). Thank you to all the members who made the effort to attend these shows, aboard the aircraft or by attending on their own. We've had great support from people, and it has been making for a more successful B-25 program!
We've been involved in a massive cleanup in the hangar and the motorpool. We are focusing on getting items properly stored, organized, and reducing the flat surface space, since we use it much less than we used to. It's been hard work, but shows a lot of promise for making the hangar an easier place to work and visit. Thank you to all who have helped so far!
The General Staff decided to take their summer meeting on the road, and hold it at the Minnesota Wing! Staff members from HQ arrived on Friday, and began to meeting mid-day. The main meeting was held on Saturday in the morning. Once the meetings were completed, the General Staff joined the Wing Membership for a BBQ put on by Iron Chef Ron Legg. It was a good experience for all involved.
Last but certainly not least was the Red Bull Flugtag event. Flugtag is a man-powered glider competition in which teams build and attempt to fly their crafts off of a 30 ft tall platform. This gets a lot of press around the world, and is the first time it has happened in the Twin Cities. Some time ago, Jason Franke, son of CAF member Glenn Franke, approached us about using Miss Mitchell as a template for their flying machine. They were chosen to compete, one of 30 teams out of hundreds, and with the help of Bob Wiplinger (owner of Wipair) they broke the World Record, held by the owner of Red Bull, and set in 1991 when Flugtag first started! Way to go guys!
Enjoy the update!