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The view: October 9, 2016. Sunday morning sunrise at 01TS, Fort Parker Flying Field, outside of Groesbeck, Texas.

The pilot: Jimmy McNaughton

The airplane: 1939 Aeronca 65-C

The mission: Enjoyable weekend cross-country flight and camp-out.

The memory: An enjoyable weekend of flying and a night of camping. First leg was on Saturday, DTN to TXK (1.3 hours for a 56 nautical mile trip!) for a fly-in hosted by EAA Chapter 1582. Left there and headed for 01TS, with a fuel stop at F44. I caught the last hour of a fly-in at 01TS, complete with burgers, ice cream, and some good people. The owner welcomed me to camp out under a big oak tree. The return was via JSO for fuel. And yes, headwinds on the return. I remember seeing ground speeds as low as 43 knots in cruise. Total return time was 3.2 hours for two legs totaling 155 nautical miles. What a fun weekend! 7.2 hours of flying in an Aeronca. Buns of steel!

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  1. S W Stagg
    S W Stagg says:

    Great story! I also have a 1939 Aeronca (stick) Chief, fun to fly in calm winds and sunny days. The 43kts reminded me of some of my cross country flights.
    Blue skies calm winds and following seas.

    • Jimmy McNaughton
      Jimmy McNaughton says:

      Thank you, sir. I’ve seen a few stick Chiefs and I like them. The 65-C is always fun, even with some wind. You don’t get there fast, but you enjoy the trip.
      Enjoy the summer in your 65-C.


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