Saying Goodby

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Red(neck) Barron
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Saying Goodby

Post by Red(neck) Barron » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:30

My little green flying machine flew away with a new owner to a new home yesterday. I was feeling a bit like I had just given away one of my favorite pets; and yes, there was that moment where I almost shouted "Bring my Champ back. You can't have it!". But I had seen the look on the new owners face, not unlike that of a small child at Christmas; probably the same one that I wore when I first took possession of that little machine five years ago. It got me thinking about the endless joy these old creations, made of wood and metal and fabric, bring. How, for several generations, these same, simple, flying contraptions have lifted up both men and their souls to see and experience the joy of soaring above the ground and doing so by ones own hand. What a gift it has been to have been given the lust, the means, the opportunity and the ability to fly. As for that little plane that gave me many hours of the purest form of enjoyment, well, I'm sure that it will continue to make grown men smile like a child long after I have made my last landing.

But now I have to get to the airport because there is a little blue 7ECA that just got finished with it's annual and needs some polish put on her to be ready for the coming spring.

Gotta fly boys.
Larry H
Sigourney, IA
Formally N84619, N84149 & N84069 - all1946 7AC's
Currently N57430 7ECA (Still a Champ, just grown up some)

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Re: Saying Goodby

Post by hangerash » Sun Mar 16, 2014 14:45

Parting is such sweet sorrow. :( Where is N84069's new home? Time to change your signature Larry?
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Re: Saying Goodby

Post by Red(neck) Barron » Sun Mar 16, 2014 18:06

There, I changed my signature but I wasn't able to get a picture of the Citabria small enough to fit. Maybe I was pressing my luck a bit too much trying to post a Citabria picture in here anyway.
Larry H
Sigourney, IA
Formally N84619, N84149 & N84069 - all1946 7AC's
Currently N57430 7ECA (Still a Champ, just grown up some)

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Re: Saying Goodby

Post by Paul Agaliotis » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:22

Larry,
We don't really "own" these planes. Some of us are lucky enough to add a few lines to their history.
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Re: Saying Goodby

Post by Holcombe » Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:47

Well said about us not owning these planes. They are timeless and will out live us all. Taking care, for a time is the best we can do, and pass on. Others will follow.
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Re: Saying Goodby

Post by Dennis » Sat Apr 19, 2014 14:28

Well said!

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Post by Red(neck) Barron » Sat Apr 19, 2014 15:13

This begs the 'Chicken and the egg' type of question. Do the planes come into our lives or do we come into theirs?

We write a page in the history book of each plane and it writes a chapter in our lives.
Larry H
Sigourney, IA
Formally N84619, N84149 & N84069 - all1946 7AC's
Currently N57430 7ECA (Still a Champ, just grown up some)

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Re: Saying Goodby

Post by Dennis » Sat Apr 19, 2014 21:06

I could not agree more. A very dear friend, "found" my Champ in a town about 60 miles west of where I lived at the time. It was around 1990. The first thing I did was order the CD from the FAA. I was surprised to discover that it was the very Champ my friend, who lived south of St. Louis, had learned in back in the fifties. From the factory to a trainer in Hannibal, mo. to my friends flying club in Arcadia, mo. and so forth till I purchased it in 1990. My friend passed away several years ago and took a wealth of aviation knowledge with him.

So every time I see my Champ, I think of my departed friend. Such information is never in an aircraft log.

Dennis

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Re: Saying Goodby

Post by MikeB » Sat Apr 19, 2014 21:25

As long as we're posting memories, here's a photo of my old Champ with my flying partner in the back seat. This was his last flight in my Champ. It got to the point where he couldn't get in the plane any longer and he passed away from Parkinsons shortly afterwards. We spent many a flight over the countryside on nice evenings just before the sun went down. Man I miss him :( and those good times.

Oops! Guess the photo won't come through.

Mike

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