Posted By RichC on September 8, 2010
I promised a few people that I would post some photos from my EAA Chapters annual TDFI (Taildragger Fly-in) which happens every Labor Day weekend at Red Stewart Airfield in Waynesville Ohio. The tradition is enjoyed by airplane-loving-types that build, restore and fly airplanes with their nose held high (the airplanes nose that is). Some might see this as somewhat haughty or highbrow, but its really quite the opposite. Those who are fortunate enough to be in attendance will see a combination of grassroots aviation pioneers (or sons and daughters) and those who admire and appreciate aviation heritage. For the most part, pilots who fly or drive in for our pancake breakfast are a down to earth bunch of airplane lovers who for reasons unknown return repeatedly each year to eat our flapjacks and sausage … no matter how humble the quality and service. We thank you.
The weather this year favored those who flew in on Sunday (and missed a great picnic and airshow put on by the Stewarts and friends), although I heard no complains from those who arrived on a windy Saturday in order to camp overnight on the field. They of course were first to get coffee and first to eat breakfast.
But, it was a bit different just a few hours early as the temperature was 41 degrees; it was a drastic change from the heat and humidity we had all summer. As the sun pinked the horizon, the antique taildraggers and experimental plane began to arrive. Thankfully the coffee was hot and ready.
By 11AM, we were in clean up mode and many hands had made light work of the job. After a quick count of the till, we knew one more year was a success … a very promising note for those marking their calendar for next year.
Thanks to all from our EAA chapter who cooked and cleaned, including volunteer spouses and children. Also a big thanks to the pilots who flew Young Eagles well into the afternoon … but most of all, thanks to those who put our Pancake Breakfast and Fly-in on your schedule. See you next year.