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Mike Hamer Posted - 08/10/2018 : 09:06:53 AM
Morning folks.
The stove is on. The coffee's hot. I'm serving up a "squadron" of bacon, eggs and hashbrowns today.
I'm quite proud of one of my garden railroad buddies, Steve Mackenzie (on the left) with Dave Hatfield (Canadian astronaut Chris Hatfield's Brother). We see them standing in front of a beautiful aircraft. Steve is one of our regular operators who has had to miss the last few sessions due to an interesting trip he took to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I'll let Steve tell the story in his own words...

"I havenít been around much to run trains this year so far mainly because I had the opportunity to travel part of the journey with Dave Hadfield of Y2-K the recently restored Spitfire Mk9 on her 5000 mile odyssey. I truly lifetime adventure we saw her take four of the seven awards given to Canadians at the 2018 EAA Airtventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. With 610,000 spectators and over 10,000 aircraft, it was a truly grand scale adventure. In addition to the Spitfire being front and centre we enjoyed a concert by Dave and his brother Chris Hadfield, a night to remember. Dave and I hold the awards including the Reserve Grand Champion Silver Lindy. We were also on the flightline to launch Y2-K for her fly past on Tuesday in honour of the RAF 100 celebration, this video shows her at her best."

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deemery Posted - 08/10/2018 : 6:06:52 PM
In England, we were in a valley with abbey ruins, when 2 high performance single engine fighter aircraft went over. I can't say for sure if they were Spitfires or Mustangs, but they were definitely of that "class." We heard another one later that day.

The weather finally broke, it was in the low 80s and less humid, so I had no excuse to not cut the grass. Then I did a rib roast on the egg. I tried a new cooking technique, it worked OK, but I need to work on the timing.

k9wrangler Posted - 08/10/2018 : 4:00:03 PM
Great video. As well as about 5 more i clicked on...
George D Posted - 08/10/2018 : 11:21:58 AM
Great story, Mike. I did some serious planning for Oshkosh many years ago, working out with a friend how we were going to fly our Cessna 150's there. Never made it.

Frank Palmer Posted - 08/10/2018 : 10:08:00 AM
The Spitfire is one of the reasons many of us are still speaking English. Hail Spitfire.

Mike Hamer Posted - 08/10/2018 : 09:36:33 AM
Yeah, Tom...600 000 in the crowd...certainly is a massive event for our friends in the aircraft world!
I had mentioned that Steve was the gentleman in on the left. He is actually the gentleman in the blue jeans on the right...to the left of Dave Hadfield. (I hadn't had my morning cup of tea before I wrote this.)
Dave's brother, Chris Hadfield, has flown numerous space missions and was NASA's chief CapCom, the voice of mission control to astronauts in space for 25 missions.
tloc Posted - 08/10/2018 : 09:23:57 AM
Good morning Mike, thanks for opening the other door to the Lounge allows for great air circulation. Breakfast is my meal, so I am happy to indulge.
The EAA in Oshkosh is a great time and a super well run event. I have only been there twice as my wife dislikes the massive crowds. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys flight to put this on your list. We once got a ride on the Concorde out at Oshkosh, that was cool. Congrats to your friend for the opportunity to travel with the Spitfire.

The weather from my deck in Wisconsin looks beautiful, not a cloud to be seen. Have a great day.


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