It’s a Monday and the weather is good … good for flying that is!
The question is “where to go?” With Nick in doggy playcare, I have just about 8 hours. How about Alton Bay and it’s FAA sanctioned ice runway? It’s only about 1000 miles for the round trip.
The first order of business is to do the morning walk.
Since Alton Bay doesn’t have fuel available, I need to bring my own.
The AUX tank’s additional 22 gallons to the Devastator’s 42 gallons will do the trick.
Preflight done and everything looks good.
The runway is in pretty good shape for February …
… and the Eastern Shore looks nice from above.
The ocean looks pretty too … but probably cold.
Speaking of cold, the weather “looked” great in New Hampshire but at 6 F it was cold and the wind made things “sporty”.
After just over 3 hours of flying, there is Alton Bay and the ice runway.
The initial crab angle was not looking pleasant …
… but once I was below the hills, things straightened out.
The landing was a non-event other than the landing gear wanting to slide around a bit.
So here is the “proof picture” – the Devastator is on the ice.
Time to get warmed up with a mug of hot cocoa, but I need to make it quick, I have to get back to Virginia.
The winds favored a low altitude return so I headed for downtown New York …
… and a tip of the wing to Lady Liberty.
After almost 3 and a half hours (thanks to that head wind), I was right back where I started.
All in all it was a decent enough way to spend the day.