Archive for June, 2011

A Rainbow of a Race

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

This year is starting out to be not your typical race.  The start date has been moved, the course changed, and the weather has been the cause.  But the weather has also produced some great pictures.  You can click on each picture to view a larger size.

The two Frederick based teams meet up in Alliance

We all know that the rainbow points to the winner!

The racers get a big welcome in Alliance

And a rainbow for each DC3 Racer

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Race Update From Carol

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Tuesday AM – Off to Topeka.  Or to Salina, very strong headwinds, Gusts, WX. Plan to get to alliance tonight. 

Tuesday mid-day – Made it to Topeka.  We’re still in Kansas anymore!

Leavenworth prison

Flooding in Iowa

DC3 Racers in Iowa City

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

The DC3 Racers spend a few days in Iowa City completing handicap flights, sight seeing, and relaxing before the big race.  (Click on each picture for a large view)

Some interesting factoids

Here is the Iowa City Government Center

And it is back to the race details.  Here is N199CA at the inspection.

Debi has to go over the paperwork

The team after the handicap flight.

Carol juggling

Debi fits right in with her leather jacket

Carol crashes the sim at the kids aviation exhibit!

DC3 goes to the Early Arrivals party

Deb relaxes by shopping!

Lunch – 

All the famous politicos ate here ( Clinton, Reagan et al) and was the site of the Iowa coffee bean caucus in TV’s “West Wing” – and we did too!

DC3 checks out some interesting aircraft and some interesting pilots!

Find race plane #27 – go ahead, you’ll see.   They made us add 1/2″ to the number so it would be seen by the timers.  What a difference a half inch makes! (Click on the picture for a larger view).

Stay tuned for more…

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Tortoise celebrates 130th birthday

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Methuselah, who has been at Reptile Gardens in Rapid City since 1956, turns 130 this weekend. In honor of the giant tortoise’s birthday, Reptile Gardens is throwing him a birthday party.

He was born in 1881!!

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B-17 makes fiery emergency landing in cornfield

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Seven crew members and volunteers walked away without serious injury after a World War II “Flying Fortress” bomber burned in a cornfield southeast of Aurora Municipal Airport on Monday, June 13, officials say. The B-17, christened the “Liberty Belle,” took off from the airport at 9:30 a.m. and made an emergency landing in a cornfield near Highway 71 and Minkler Road in Oswego after the pilot reported an engine fire, according to Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkle.

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