• BAF Fly-In, news and request for guidance

    So far the BAF Fly-In this weekend is still on. Sunday is an "also ran" date. I need some input on program. While I am ignoring long range Wx forcasts with great determination, I won't pull the plug on BAF until Friday PM. Sunday might be available as a back up date but will be pretty low key, meet & greet type.<br />
    But, being optimistic, I need your input for Saturday. I have been trying for 3+ weeks now to arrange a tour of the Air Guard units here. No luck, no return calls, not even a live person (damned these voice mail chains!). I must conclude that, having just dodged a base closing bullet, and many of the personnel just back from the 'land o' sand", that they are just not interested.<br />
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    Plan B, however requires some thought. I had the idea that we could rustle up some wheels and go down into Springfield to the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. One hell of a museum of firearms (it was the first Federal Arsenal). There is also a Civil War Encampment going on this weekend. (Apologies to my Southron friends, this place did make most of the Federal rifles for that unpleasantness in the 1860's.)<br />
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    But to do this takes two items: wheels and time.<br />
    If all who signed up come, we will need to big vans, similar to that stealth ambulance that Brian got in Dayton. This will cost money. I don't really want to request funds from BAC since this is just a single Fly-In and not a major Regional. But Brian and Cloyd may weigh in on this.<br />
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    The second item is, perhaps more serious. Drive time to Springfield is only 25-30 minutes. Make that 1:15 round trip + fudge factor. It takes a couple hours to do any justice to the Museum. This makes departure time no earlier than 15:30, more like 16:00. Is this acceptable for those coming?<br />
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    Perhaps we should just stay on the base and "groove" on each other's vibes? Hey, we all had a hell of a good time chewin' the fat at Dayton, didn't we?<br />
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    Let me know, thanks,<br />
    Steve Cote
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