Most times when we set out to do something nice we build Good Karma. We don't know it at the time we make the plans, and some times it doesn't come back to us for awhile, but it's always there.
I didn't know it at the time but when we had the administrators from the air show on board, my Admiral was talking with Matt Poe, one of the people who was in charge of the show. She commented about how much the grand kids would like to see the planes so Russ invited us to come out this morning to see them. This was not a "scheduled event" as part of the Water Follies but turned out to be a private show arranged just for us.
We met them at the airport at 9:45 and were given a walking tour of the hangar, met one of the pilots and got to look at several of the planes. To say that the kids appreciated it would be a serious understatement.
Here are some of the photos I took:
We met them at Bergstrom Aircraft, a privately owned commercial flight ops business. Here's their office:
This Cessna CJ3 was parked outside their office. I don't know whose 3 rug rats those are. Nice plane:
On the way to another hangar we passed by these planes that were flown by Canadian pilots:
and this jet powered team:
and their transport van:
Here's Brad Wursten, the guy who owns the organization that puts on the air shows all around the country with the plane he flies. This plane is made from 100% composite and weighs only 1200lbs:
Brad with the three little pigs:
More plane photos:
These guys put on a demonstration of a rescue, dropping the rescue swimmer into the Columbia River then bringing him up in a gurney.
After the guided tour Russ and his wife gave the kids wrist bands, autographed photos, t-shirts and key chains. The kids loved all of that stuff but what they really liked was getting to see the airplanes up close and to be able to touch them and meet a pilot. Your personally guided tour will be remembered by the kids and their parents long after the memories of watching the boats go around in circles.
So to Russ and his wife, thank you very much for the tour. I hope we see you again next year on our boat.