Now it, our airplane begins its journey cross country. As of this writing, October 2, the display has arrived at the first stop, Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, NV. The team checked in with security at the front gate at about 9:00 am. Only one minor glitch - our names were not on the list. Merrie Scott, AIAA Centennial Tour Project Manager, got on her cell phone and called her contact at the base. As she stood talking to him (with her back to the door), in walks the contact who was also on his cell phone. He walked up behind Merrie as he quietly continued his phone conversation with her. Suddenly, she turned around with a surprised look on her face, and we all had a good laugh.
|Nellis AFB volunteers help move our canard structure prior to it's installation|
The last item on the list was to move the truck over to its designated parking spot. Then, the team wanted to check out a recommendation for dinner at Memphis Barbeque, the first food we had eaten since 8:00 am in the morning. Incidently, the entire day during the set up, the team got to see previews of the coming air show! Lots of airplanes were up and flying right outside our hangar.
Thursday, the team has a day off from the base. However, there is video and photo footage to convert/download/email. Part of this journal will be used as an update by the AIAA Los Angeles Section Newsletter, along with photos. Friday is Press Day. The Wright Flyer Project Chairman, Jack Cherne, will fly in for interviews and catch some of the air show.
This airshow will be unique, security-wise. No private vehicles will be allowed on base. The 250,000 expected each day will drive to the local race track to park - and will be shuttled in on buses!
|Our home at Nellis AFB, in the Aviation History Pavilion|
Saturday and Sunday, we will be manning the display, answering questions and talking to visitors about the project, the Wright brothers, and their airplane. Sunday, the show closes at 5:00 pm. Then, the extended team gets together once again to disassemble the display and get the truck on the road for Houston.
First Row: Marilyn Ramsey, Bill Haynes, MSgt. Curtis L. Swift (57th Wing Historian), Bert Konle, and the Harris Family
Second Row: Nicole (AIAA) Adolfo Ibarra, Jim Mendrala, Sue Mendrala
Third Row: Airmen of the 57th Wing (third from the left is MSgt. Chesley W. Caddell, also 57th Wing Historian).
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