|6:30 am! I'm ready to go to the airport.
I was about to start the longest flight in XSL I ever made. My Dad was
taking me to the 1997 Challenger fly-in.
Last year my Dad took me when we lived in Hudson, Massachusetts. That
year it was in Haliburton.
Anyway we met our flight's part two Rick Scott and Blackie the dog.
They flew in a Chinook.
We taxied to the beginning of the runway and took off in formation from
the first leg we went to Peterborough. It took 1.2 hours (1:12). One of
the cool things about this leg was we got to see Rick's aircraft from the
side in the air and there was Blackie in the back seat.
Last destination before the fly-in was Kingston where we had a snack
and gassed up. Blackie had all-dressed Crispers with salami!
the final leg to the fly-in we flew down the Saint Lawrence River through
the Thousand Islands. We passed over Ian Coristine's Spong Island cottage
and two ocean going tankers.
4.1 hours flight time we reached the Iroquois fly-in. We met people from
last year's fly-in like Jean-Marc Côté and Maurice Vinet.
There was an autogyro at the fly-in. It made as much noise as an AV8B Harrier!
In the evening we flew to Ian's island in formation with Rick and Blackie
plus Ian in his Challenger. Rick and Blackie left in the morning but Ian,
Dad and I stayed.
next morning Ian discovered his son Scottie's canoe was missing. We called
the Coast Guard and the police. Due to the wind the canoe would have stayed
on the Canadian side of the river. We went on an air search and after about
five minutes my Dad found it on the next island.
Then we went on a sightseeing tour of the Thousand Islands in the two
After we landed back at Ian's island we went in the boat to get the
canoe. That night we had a hot tub and a swim under the stars.
the way home we stopped at these places in this order: Kingston, Sterling,
Elmhirst Resort, Peterborough, Lindsay and then home port - Barrie. On
the whole trip we made eleven flights totalling 11.6 hours.
This was the most fun thing I did on my summer vacation!