The 1st Annual Kentucky Bluegrass Vintage Festival held in Lexington KY on May 23rd and 24th 2009 is now history.
The weather on Saturday was perfect. Low humidity and 84 degrees F. Winds of less than 1 MPH. Sunday was a little overcast with 3 MPH winds.
There were 22 registered pilots with 12 of those LMAC members and 10 from out of town. The out of town were from Florida, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
The arrival night (Friday) was celebrated at the Hotel bar and restaurant with 15 attendees.
Flying on Saturday was terrific. Many flights were flown by planes of all types. Rudder only, REM and full house controls both vintage and modern radiosused. One notable plane was a Royal DC3 with two .25's was flown by our club president. Itsported a brightly polishedaluminum finish.
The high light of the Saturday flying was the Kazmirski Taurus that is co-owned by John Castronover and Duane Wilson. For the very first flight they elected Dan Grotzinger to be the test pilot. Since John is a single stick guy and two stick transmitter was used, I can understand. The second flight was made by Duane and the right wheel fell off. He very softly put it down on the grass runway andit landed it fine with no damage what so ever. We were all holding out breath.
On Saturday my wife tookthe out of town ladies on a private horse farm and garden tour with lunch at a local gift and lunch shop. The kind of place for the ladies. They liked it somuch they wanted to go back on Sunday for more gifts but it is closed on Sunday.
The Saturday night Banquet was attended by 22 people and the awards were given for the Farthest Participate (John Castronover from FL), Technical Achievement (Don Patterson from MI), And Concours (Dan Grotzinger from IN and Russ Farris from NC).
Sunday flying by the Vintage crowd was sparse as it always is as most leave either late Saturday or noon on Sunday.
I would like to thank the guys that helped me with the event, Jerry Dukes, George Bubnar, Butch Krebsand Warren Davis. I also appreciate the out of town guest coming. With the exception of two, I have flown at events with all of them.
Pictures will be forth coming when I get all of them in and processed.
Dan Thompson in Bourbon County Kentucky