I enjoyed a relaxing afternoon today at the Yakelov Stress Reduction Clinic. The occasion was a birthday for several people who fly at our airport. The weather was A-1 perfect and I took to the air in the Stack Doll with three other Yaks plus a
at 4pm, while food, drink and a long string of guests arrived in front of hangar row. Many admirers of our various honored birthday dudes (I can't remember all their names) turned out and we flew as many of them as we could until the sun set and we could no longer resist the pull of the BBQ and liquid refreshments. Lots of other airplane types also tore up the skies over the airfield. The event was so big a local radio station turned out and a newspaper photographer went up with Col. Tom Kahlert ( Nanchang , ret.) in his Viet Nam L-19 Bird Dog to video the festivities. The mayor even sent a message congratulating Gordy Seuell on achieving his whatever year birthday (the number was never specified). USA
Gordy is a technician with Teledyne-Brown who works in the field of space systems simulation. He is a retired USAF fighter pilot with two combat tours. He is one of the best pilots I have ever known and I’m proud to call him a friend. Check out these pics that my backseater, Lisa Brungraff, took while we celebrated Gordy’s, et.al. birthdays at America’s finest sport aviation airport—Moontown Airfield, Huntsville, Alabama.
The flight line at the birthday party.
BJ turns on his airshow smoke just before oulling out. This was a missing (wo)man formation in honor of our dear friend, Emily Dover, killed last year in the crash of a Cessna.
Steve Brown in the lead. BJ "Buzz Job" Kennamore in his green Nanchang and Gordy in his white Yak.
My back-seater and photographer, Lisa. She designs helicopters for Sikorsky. (There's some real wierdos in Huntsville.) Notice the formation of Cessnas behind her. Everybody got in on the act.Steve Brown straps his better half, Peggy, into his rear
cockpitfor for her first flight in the plane he spent two years restoring.
That first flight was the lead ship in the missing man formation.
This is a file video from a while back, but it's an accurate
idea of the birthday party celebrations.