Lyon Air Museum

While in California, I stopped by the Lyon Air Museum, which is located adjacent to the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. They have a collection of World War II airplanes and period vehicles that are definitely worth a look, such as this Mitchell B-25 in excellent condition.

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There there’s a B-17, which you see in the next photo.

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And a couple of DC-3’s including this one in American Airlines livery.

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I’m told that all these aircraft fly. Judging by the visible condition, I would agree. They’re in excellent shape and the runway is right there. Many of these are on my aviation bucket list. I hope to fly them some day.

Cyclocross anyone?

Readers of my blog will note recent posts about bicycling. Well, not only have the distance of the rides been extended beyond 70 miles, there have been some cyclocross type of additions to the course. Here’s a photo from the Philadelphia Art Museum steps:

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Yes, those are the famous steps from the movie, Rocky. At this point, the bike was shouldered and carried up for the following view:

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Next time, there will be no pause to snap photos. These type of cross training activities make for a more interesting and challenging ride. Plus, they’re tons of fun. Enjoy the ride; share the road.

Published in: on September 11, 2016 at 1:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Cessna 140

A true classic showed up at the local airport. Take a look:

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That’s a Cessna 140 from the mid-1940’s if my research is correct.

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Those are classic lines for sure. What a bunch of adventure this plane has seen.

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And the paint lends itself to adventure as well, bright colors making a bold statement. This aircraft is proof that as long as you take care of them, they’ll last a long time.

Published in: on September 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Air Force One

Today’s post takes a look at Air Force One from the Reagan Era. This airplane now resides at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, USA.

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Here’s a lock at the cockpit, which is quite primitive compared to the panels in today’s aircraft.

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Lots of analog instrumentation there. Perfectly functional as the many years of service proves. Inside the passenger area, you’ll find rather spartan accommodations for a head of state. Sorry, I wasn’t able to snap any photos of that area.

If you enjoy vintage aircraft and American History, this is definitely worth a visit.