The following is a collection of the most interesting and unique of the aircraft that visited this summer....
It was a big thrill for us when the last flying Sopwith Camel, the airplane that Snoopy flew, arrived to spend the night with us.
One of the greatest parts of this experience was getting to share it with one of our grandsons! The ultra-light above is what Ginger likes to call a "flying lawn mower." The engine is about the same as that in a large lawn mower and the thing packs into a bag that will fit in a car trunk.
A typical day at Lee Bottom will have from one to five aircraft visitors, with rare days of no traffic at all.
Our dog and the resident airfield dog became fast friends too. We made several trips up with different pilots while we were there, but never managed a ride in one of the ultra-lights. I think Pam would have kept this one!
Pilot Drew Middleton, on the left, was the first to take Pam & I for an aerial tour of the area. Not every plane that came by, stopped in.
These were some of the planes that came for one of the monthly ice-cream socials at the field. On the far left is a 1937 Tiger Moth that Pam & I each got to ride in. The one next to it was an improved version of the Tiger Moth. The red/white plane was built from a kit.
One Sunday each summer month is "Sinful Sundae" when the pilots gather for a fly-in ice-cream social. Our largest social had 32 airplanes and two helicopters on the ground at one time, just for ice cream and fun! These folks like to eat & visit almost as much as do we RV travelers! But the high point of the summer is always the "Wood, Fabric & Tail-wheels" fly-in. This year the weather was too low for VFR flight to our north, yet we still have very close to 200 airplanes on the ground at the high point of the day.
As seasons always do, the summer of 2005 has become history, but it will never be forgotten. What a wonderful summer we had!
Notice the airplane flying over our motorhome in the last picture.
The first shot is Pam, all set for her trip flying second seat in a 1937 Tigermoth, an open cockpi, biplane that was a WWII trainer. The last shot is myself posed beside the helicopter which I was in when I took the aerial pictures of the field & the one above with an airplane passing over our motorhome.