EAA863 May 5th Saturday Breakfast

The Month of May is a a busy one for EAA863. Saturday, May 29th, EAA863 hosted the 5th Saturday breakfast. Every 5th Saturday EAA863 has a fly-in/drive-in breakfast event. This month, we also had special guests from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Despite the misting rain, and low clouds, several people came out for good food and laughs. EAA863 was able to feed over 210 people throughout the morning.

Great day with lots to take in. The morning was packed as hungry participants continued to come in. EAA863 expressed good hospitality and took on new members. New members can quickly signup with the easy to join process on the Join/Renew page. After breakfast, guests took advantage of the L-26B Aero Commander; which was parked directly outside of Hangar 2. Known as Ike’s Bird, the L-26B serves as history’s smallest Air Force One. Yes, it did carry former President Eisenhower for a period of time.

Finally, the CAF rounded out the morning with a presentation on joining the CAF. The Music City Wing is being formed. CAF prospective members can learn more at the CAF’s website: https://commemorativeairforce.org/

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EAA863 hosts Ford Tri Motor

During the weekend of May 22nd, EAA863 hosted the Ford Tri Motor fly-in. The event started on Thursday May 20th and ran through Sunday May 23rd. The fly-in was a great success and everyone had a great time!

Indeed, the Ford Tri Motor did not spend much time on the ground. The Tri Motor averaged 6 flights each day with the flight breakdown being: 3 on Thursday, 3 on Friday, 9 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday. Over 240 paying passengers were flown and nearly all of the chapter volunteers got to fly as well. Everyone that exited the airplane commented on how well the airplane flew and how marvelous it must have been in the 20’s to see that airplane flying overhead.

President Gary Piper expressed his gratitude for the workers who contributed to this event. “I cannot think our chapter volunteers enough for their commitment to this event. Setup was a snap, even though we were fighting 18-24mph winds as we put up our big tent.” Overall, EAA863 averaged 20+ volunteers each day and a large representation of the youth members were present smiles on. The excitement from our youth was noticed all weekend long as they were eager and excited to help out as well.

Finally, EAA863 would finally like to thank the National EAA to allow the Ford Tri Motor to fly in, chapter Tri Motor coordinators Doug Eishelman and Mike Russell (AKA BigFoot), Direct Flight Solutions at M54, our chapter members, the public and everyone else who contributed to make this event a success! Thank you!

EAA863 trip to Air Force museum

In mid May 2021, 27 members from chapter EAA863 made their way to the Dayton, OH National Air Force museum. EAA863 would like to recognize Events Coordinator Jamie Teet for all of her work on this event. Members traveled via personal vehicle, personal flying, or the rented 15 passenger van provided by the chapter. Member Dave Ludwikowski flew his Cessna 182RG made the trip up and back all in one day. “We left Lebanon at 9am and got back to Lebanon at 9pm that night,” said Dave. The trip took them approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes in his airplane.

EAA863 youth members also went along for the trip. President Gary Piper commented that the youth from our chapter really enjoyed the trip. EAA863 youth is very active and routinely get involved in trips, flyins, breakfasts and summer camps.

Indeed everyone had a good time! Now, the question is, when and where will our next trip be?