|RV-12 737G - 500 hours!||
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On Thursday, March 29, 2017, my Vans RV-12 airplane reached 500 hours of flight time.
About 1000 flights into about 100 airports
It was just under four years since her First Flight
The following photo essay recounts (just) some of her many adventures.
Departing Paine Field
March 17, 2012 - Arrival of the kit
Working with Tony T. - my Bro and Mentor
August 2012 - Where do all these wires go???
We're almost there - 90% done.... and 90% yet to go
Wings on - starting to look like a real airplane
A Big Day! Inspection and Certificate of Airworthiness from the FAA.
January 23, 2013
A Bigger Day! April 3, 2013 - First Flight!
A little airplane in a big, big sky
What a day! The famous "Van's Grin"
Two months of flight testing
First Climb to 10,000 ft.
Testing, testing... and then, after about 20 hours and two months
completion of the testing
Dot - my first passenger!
Exploring the great Pacific Northwest by air
Ocean Shores, Washington
Waterville, E. Washington
Friday Harbor - San Juan Island, Washington
Flying over Mt. Rainier climbing to 16, 214 ft altitude
On oxygen at 16,000 ft over Mt. Rainier
Frequent trips to Museum of Flight at Boeing Field
Hampshire Field at Grant's Pass, Oregon
Lunch at Nancy's Airport Cafe in Willows, California
Bedded down for the night with a Grumman F3F
Some of my many passengers
Dave Waggoner - Paine Field Airport Manager - Everett, Washington
Jon Proctor - Aviation Author - Sandpoint, Idaho
Dan Dornseif - Southwest Airlines 737 Captain Jim Brown - Retired Boeing colleague
Peter Morton Jack Wimpress
My Eastern Bro Kevin Lacey from near Syracuse, New York
Visiting Ron Ochs on his farm near Madras, Eastern Oregon
Starting to support my Museum work - Boeing 727 Prototype
Mount Shasta, California
Lockheed Super G Constellation
Working on American Airlines Boeing 727-200
My airplane is truly unique - hanging out with the Big Airplanes
See what I mean!
My (late) good friend Joe Blank from Vans Aircraft said.....
"she looks like she's nursing from Mom!"
10 years later - the Boeing B-47
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Seattle Seahawks Stadium
Grain elevators - Brewster, Eastern Washington
Boeing Flight Line - KC-46 Tankers
Seattle Mariners baseball game at Safeco Field
Olympic Mountains from Tony T.'s airplane
Lake Washington Ship Canal
Air Force One and 727 Prototype
Hope, British Columbia
Arctic oil drilling platform
Point Roberts, Washington
From the Boeing 727 Prototype - N7001U - before Last Flight
Landing, Pt. Townsend, Washington
Landing, Boeing Field, Seattle
The Big Time!
Landing Runway 16R at Sea-Tac - Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Harbor Island, Seattle
Fraser River, east of Vancouver, B.C.
Langley, Whidbey Island, Washington
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Boeing Field - my RV-12 is my volunteer work taxi
Paine Field, Everett
With Big Sisters at Paine Field - Everett
Forest fire near Roseburg, Oregon
Pacific near Tattoosh, Washington
along the Washington Coast
Dot's Birthday - lunch at Roche Harbor on San Juan Island
20 minutes vs 2 days and 4 ferry rides!
Cruise ship .... heading for Alaska
Paine Field, Everett
Photographing my friend Mort in his Cub
....and my pal and mentor Tony T. in his RV-12
From the pilot's seat of N7001U - the Boeing 727 Prototype
Two of my loves
Dancing with clouds
Seeing the world as only God...... and pilots can
Outside her hangar - Port Townsend, Washington
Saddle Mountains - Eastern Washington
Departing Eastsound on Orcas Island
Mt. Rainier and Seattle poking through the morning fog
Taxiing in at the Museum - I've now been targeted by the Plane Spotters!
Wore out a set of tires - new tire installed on the right
Mt. Hood - east of Portland, Oregon
Mothball aircraft carriers - Bremerton Naval Shipyard
Space Needle and Lake Union
Wow! Never get tired of seeing the Cascades.
Short final for Runway 27 at Pt. Townsend
Visiting one of my Ladies - the 727 Prototype before her Final Flight
My home base - Port Townsend, Washington
Getting used to looking down on other airplanes
Here - an Alaska Airlines 737 departing Sea-Tac
and..... another one!
An Air Force C-130 climbing out of McChord AFB
An EA-18G Growler above near Whidbey Island NAS
and another one below!
Following a Boeing 737 into Boeing Field
Friends Fred McCarthy and Peter Morton on Whidbey Island
And Dot - my constant Co-pilot - at Anacortes
Heading out for a new adventure....
Looking down on home - Hansville - after a long day working on the 727.
20 minutes of beauty vs 3 hours fighting traffic on the ferry.
Much have I traveled in the Realms of Gold
A lot of adventures - and these are just a few - a very few......
Airplanes are.... magical.... which is why I love them - so.
"I'm on the top of the World, looking down on Creation...."
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