The Damsel and I deliberately got up at the crack of dawn this morning to attend the 26th Annual Fly-In and Classic Car Show held at our local airport. This should have been the 27th Annual show except that last year’s event was canceled due to the
pandemic DEM Panic.
The show was well attended by quantities of classic cars and fly-in aircraft plus the folks driving in. There have been bigger shows in the past, but this one was pretty good. Nobody was wearing the face diapers mandated by some not-so-free places so it seemed like the past shows we have attended.
The images above are (1) a 1975 Bellanca Citabria and (2) a 1958 Chevrolet Apache Pickup Truck. These were two of many aircraft and cars on display and my favorites of the show, although it was hard to pick just these two since there were so many cool displays. The Citabria, formerly manufactured by Champion Aircraft Corp., is among my favorites since I learned to do aerobatics and got my flight instructor rating in a Champ Citabria (airbatic spelled backwards). The Chevy just looked clean and had a cool paint job. Click on either image to enlarge.
As soon as I saw the picture, I thought “Citabria”. The first time I had a ride in one I asked my pilot friend why it had a G-Meter, and he promptly did a loop, and a Cuban 8. Then he told me Citabria was airbatic spelled backwards.
Must be why that aircraft is permanently etched in my memory!
Yep it’s a great little aircraft. Lots of fond memories flying with the ground above the airplane and spins, loops and barrel rolls. There’s no forgetting those sorts of things.