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The first-but-not-the-last Eastern ShoreChallenger Fly-in, Skydiver Dodge, and Pizza Crawl. The weather was hot enough to melt the self-adhesive velcro off my gap seals, but lunch was fabulous, the company was great, and the carrier-style landing on Bobby Whaley's roadside runway will live forever in the memory of those who were there (or just happened to be driving by.....)
|Art Kudner, owner , and Dan Wroe, Gentleman and chief pilot, of Prospect Aviation, arrive at Laurel, Delaware (N06) during a rare moment when the resident Twin-Otter wasn't spitting rainbow-canopied maniacs out of the sky to land all over the runway.|
|The lineup at Laurel: foreground Dan and Art's demo-coupe; middle, Duke Brooks' beautiful C-II; far end, Jim's C-II having survived it's first major x-c flight. Shortly after, we discovered that the airport limo was not going to show; so Dan made a call and we all saddled up and headed east to Bobby Whaley's Roadside Runway.|
|After causing a local stir with our choreographed touchdowns, we taxied *across* the two-lane blacktop (sorry I didn't get a photo of that ) and rounded up in Bobby's back yard corral. That's his C-II on the left. It's paint is just about a mirror image of Dukes. Next time we'll get a side by side (or nose to nose) shot of the two of 'em together. That day it was just too damn hot to move airplanes around for the sake of photos.... After meeting and greeting, we all hopped in Bobby's air conditioned Dodge and adjourned for lunch.|
|The Motley Crew outside the pizza joint recommended by our guide de cuisine, Duke Brooks. This was the kind of place, he said, where they had to pour the grease off the pepperoni before they served it. The dressing on the Greek salad was a meal in itself, and where olives had pits and waitresses had..... well, you get the idea. On this day, it was the free refills of soda and iced tea that got my attention. Left to right, Jim, Duke, Dan, Art, and Bobby. Photo by Bobby's dad George. Thanks, George.|
|Our hosts, Bobby and George Whaley. They are hospitality, eastern shore-style, personified. Thanks for everything, gents. Hope to return the favor someday.|