duty, and all are necessary and very much
appreciated. And there are several sponsors
who, worthy of note, are singled out and
thanked at every opportunity. It all serves to
add another touch of class to the spirit and
fun that pervades the event.
This year there were 23 airplane entries
in the rally. I was told this was a low
number. They’ve had numbers in the 40s in
the past. Most flew as crews of two. (Four
eyes better’n two, eh?) There were two
solos, six first-time entries, and airplane
types from Cessna, Grumman, Piper,
Lancair, Van’s, and Beech, to name a few.
I was in Bend for the end of the rally
and watched many of the airplanes arrive.
Race 77’s airplane said on the side, “The
Fred Baron.” The pilot’s name? You guessed
it: Fred. One of my favorites to taxi by?
Race 11, an RV- 10. (I have a soft spot for
experimentals, don’t ya know.) In it was a
mom—the pilot—and her two kids. As soon
as she shut down the kids piled out and
headed, lickety-split, for the FBO. Mom
said, “They have to go to the bathroom.”
By late afternoon all aircraft had landed.
As is tradition, most met and gathered at
the Shilo Inn hospitality suite. There were
hors d’oeuvres and a bathtub full of ice with
various cold beverages therein. All were
thirsty! I found a chair in a corner, sat there
with a writing pad, and listened.
“How’d ya do?”
“Better’n last year.”
“Not gonna win but better’n I’ve ever
And, looking over a book that had
pictures of the checkpoints, “Oh! There’s
that dang tower.”
The most common lament: “Those
stupid winds aloft.”
And, “Didn’t burn as much as I thought
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