B-29 Pilot Visits Marion
Almost 4,000 B-29 Superfortress aircraft were made by 1946, when production stopped. Many years later there are only two are airworthy and many of the pilots who once flew of these aircraft are now gone. The pilot who was a corporate pilot and flew B-29's on the side was gracious enough to tell us his story. Starting off in the military he flew the KC-97, which was a similar version to the B-29 except in had a larger, double decked, fuselage. After retirement he was asked by the CAF to fly their B-29 'Doc' and remains one of the chief pilot's for them and flies around the country doing various airshows and flyovers. He also spoke of an event happening this year at Oshkosh where both B-29's will be doing formation photograph missions.
Chinook CH-47 Stops in Marion for Overnight Stay
With winds gusting up to 38 knots the pilots braved the conditions in attempt to land and fill up on fuel. The pilots from Montana had flown commercially all the way to Vermont to pick up a retired Vermont National Guard Chinook CH-47 that they had bought to use for firefighting in the mountains of Montana and all over the Western United States. The pilots stopped overnight due to the high winds and incoming severe weather. They left early the next morning and attempted to make their way back to their homestate of Montana where they plan to begin using the helicopter for what the crew said is going to be a tough fire season this year. Due to the high winds the rotors needed to be tied down prevent them from spinning and eventually causing the helicopter to get out of control.
British Pilots Go on Discovery Flight
Steve Ramsden came into the airport to discuss taking a Discovery Flight. He is from the United Kingdom. He is trying to get his helicopter license, and he already has his pilot license. His son, who also came in, is an engineer. Ramsden and his son talked about how if you land at an airport in the UK there are several charges. They have to pay to land, around $45, and to do touch and go’s it cost $25. They fly out of London Gatwick airport, LGW, which is the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom. It was interesting to know that they were charged more for basic flying practices.