Perfect! Sounds like my kind
Lolli has to teach. I'm
retired! I pack my Vanagon, add four model airplanes and head out
February 10th! Before hitting the road I look on the Internet for model
airplane flying sites between Fort Bragg, CA and Tombstone, AZ. I find
several and load their latitude and longitudes into my
First stop, the "Woodland/Davis Aeromodelers"
northwest of Sacramento.
A blacktop runway, shade structure,
a clubhouse, outhouses. I end up staying the weekend
flying my planes and meeting various club members; made myself to home!!
The guy kneeling in the left photo
is the guy who invented and manufactures APC props! He is one of the top pylon
racers in the world and both mornings he brought out planes and engines to test.
He had data loggers in the planes and after a flight would download the
information. He was reaching speeds of 197 mph with that little V-tailed
The plane in the photo on the right
was scratch built 26 years ago and it still flies beautifully. This
weekend the club is also hosting a model airplane show inside a nearby mall so I
drive over there Sunday morning to take a look.
On the left is an amazing glider
and on the right a beautiful bi-plane. The club had many many planes on
Monday morning and time to hit
the road. Next stop Greenfield flying field southeast of Bakersfield.
By nightfall I am set up and
flying my UltraStick. Unfortunately, my favorite plane "Pete", in the
right photo, got caught in a crosswind on take-off and cart-wheeled down the
runway tearing off the engine and the wing. Jason, one of the club members,
offers to store
Pete for me until I return through Bakersfield on my way home.
In the morning some guys show up
and one of them has been experimenting with converting four stoke gas engines to
diesel! The diesel powered plane shown here even has an alternator, driven
by the crankshaft, to power the onboard electronics!
Interesting and fun stuff but it is
time to move on to the next field
up by Lake Isabella. Looking at my map I elect to take the road less
from Arvin, through Caliente, to Bodfish!!
Turns out to be an amazing
drive on an old narrow road up into the hills towards Tehachapi. The
higher I get the clearer the air and I can look back down at the smog from
Bakersfield. Looks almost like a Japanese print.
Finally, over the top with Bodfish and Lake Isabella
in the distance.
Come to find out Bodfish was the name of the town's founder.
Late in the day I arrive at the
flying field northeast of the lake.
I get in some flying and spend the night. In the
morning two club members show up and fly their stuff. One has a "Little
Toni" racing plane and a helicopter. The other guy flies electrics. Retired folks.
Next stop, a flying field near
Edwards Air Force base but the wind suddenly comes up so there is no point in
going there. Time to start heading for the "Land of no"!