Short Trips: Cub
Gathering at Plant City Regional (KPCM)
little while back, I was surfing the net and found a site that is basically
for Cub enthusiasts. This one caters to a group that was planning on gathering
at Plant City and camping out over night for a day or two, then flying
in en masse to Sun-N-Fun 2006.
Well, I love Cubs
of all types, and we fly out of PCM fairly often (several times a month),
so I figured we’d slip in there on a Saturday and get some shots
of these great airplanes before they left for Lakeland.
As it turned out,
the bulk of them didn’t show up until the Sunday after we were there,
but there were still several prime examples of Cub-dom there to see when
I was standing inside
the FBO and telling the guys there that we’d be going out to the
camping area to have a look (this is always a great plan if you aren’t
part of the actual group, as they may get nervous seeing you loitering
around their planes and all.), when I struck up a conversation with another
pilot who was standing inside enjoying the A/C too.
had noticed my T-shirt, which was from the Cockpit Cafe' down in
Venice, FL, and had asked me if I’d ever actually been there.
I like to buy T-shirts at the different airports we visit, and had
picked one up for each of us when we went down for breakfast last
time (see Venice Breakfast Run). He turned out to be based out of
Venice (KVNC) and had eaten there many times. He also turned out
to be the organizer for the Cub event.
I talked with him for a little while and then we headed out
to the airplanes. His had been around the world! We shot a couple
pics of it that showed the flags from all the different countries
it had crossed to make the trip. Can you imagine how LONG that must’ve
taken to fly a Cub all that way? My God, it may have been faster
we milled around on the flightline for a little while and got some
nice shots, and then headed back out on the road again to home base
(KZPH). It wasn’t a particularly spectacular day, but we enjoyed
visiting with some true grass-roots heroes who were living the bush-pilot’s
dream of camping right under their wings and enjoying the very essence
of small plane travels.
become an annual event and there’ll be more to see next year.
Let’s hope so.
Fair winds and