AVweb Fiddling Around America: Pulled Pork And Tornado Warnings
Moontown Airport, near Huntsville, Ala. is one of the busiest grass strips anywhere but necks were craning at the new sound in the air late Saturday. The Herpa DC-3, making its first stop on the Fiddling Around America Tour landed with room to spare on the 2,200-foot field in front of a healthy crowd of GA enthusiasts. "It's so big," yells one woman in one of the accompanying videos shot by folks on the ground who waited through periods of warm rain for the big aircraft's arrival late Saturday. Although 2,200 feet is short by anyone's standards, Dan Gryder's pride and joy needed only one firm tap on the brakes to slip into the picturesque airport, which is owned by George Myers and is a privately owned, public use airport. Well fed and well entertained the DC-3 crew, made up of six of Gryder's type certificate students, a fiddle player and an AVweb correspondent took off in search of better weather on Sunday morning and found it, for awhile.
After a gas and food stop, plus numerous cockpit tours and plenty of photos at General Dewitt Spain Airport in Memphis, the goal was a leisurely trip up the Mississippi to Hannibal, Mo. Some creative deviations and heavy reliance on XM Wx Works got the crew as far as northern Arkansas but certain laws of nature prevailed. A line of nasty weather put Hannibal beyond reach and the folks at the airport Jonesboro, Ark. were surprised by a visit from the red and silver heritage piece. The crew was also surprised to find out that they'd landed at about the same time a tornado warning was issued for the area. The goal for Monday is to break through the intense weather covering the southeast and get into that nice dry pattern to the northwest. Follow along and see how we do.