Playing hookey from writing on a Thursday
“Fi-Fi,” the only flying B-29 in the world (until “Doc”flies sometime this summer) is currently over at Van Nuys Airport thru Sunday. So I played hookey from writing the new book today and went over to see her. Hadn’t been near her since she and I were both working on “the Right Stuff” back in 1983.
Managed to climb into the cockpit without crying, unlike 62 years ago when my Cub Scout Den got taken out to Lowry AFB in Denver by one boy’s dad who flew these things then. At age 8, crawling up through the nose wheel well was scary. The B-29 reminds me of being on the USS “Iowa”. They’re both big, but they both have very limited crew spaces, around the weapon system.
I’ve discovered that (for me) one of the good things about the Big Move is that the new house is under the right turn departure pattern from Runway 16-right at VNY, 2 miles away. Herself, not an airplane fan (but fortunately an airplane tolerator) laughs to see me come running out of the writing office, across the living room and out the front door when my ears detect interesting (old) airplane noises overhead (VNY is home base to the Condor Squadron of 8 T-6s for the past 50 years, and numerous other warbirds). This weekend, “Fi-Fi” will fly three times each on Saturday and Sunday, and my back yard should be perfect viewing for seeing her come overhead about 600-800 ft. Gonna get over there early Saturday to photograph cranking up and taxying out and taking off for the 0900 flight, which further photos I will post.
Hmm…. those two B-29 kits, with their Terry Dean noseweights and one with the Terry Dean Silverplate modification set, and their Cutting Edge and Micro-Scale decals, that have been eyeballing me with a “you ready?” look the past 15 years, may have just moved further up the to-do pile once the Future Site of TMCIndustries LLC has dug itself out from under and gotten into production.
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