Well, after years of attempting to make it to the annual Canard Gathering at Rough River, Kentucky I was finally able to make it! I arrived Friday early evening and met a bunch of my building buddies and hung out for a couple of hours before heading off on another hour+ track to Madisonville, KY to meet my buddy Richard who has been storing my Feather Light Strake Leading Edge Kit since late 2013. (I’ll show pics of the kit in the next post).
After spending the night at Richard’s place, I packed up the Feather Light Strake Leading Edge Kit Saturday morning, went out to breakfast with Richard and then took off back to RR to spend the day with fellow Canardians!
I met a bunch of the Old Guard while walking around checking out the planes: Terry Schubert, Nick Ugolini, Vance Atkinson, Bill James, Jack Wilhelmson, just to name a few. And of course Chrissi and Randi (the “Cozy Girrrls”) were there scooting around on Segues.
There was a home builder with a Turbine Legend that gave a few people some incredible rides, and he showed off his incredible airplane a bit too. In the pic below he’s doing an amazingly fast fly-by:
One point of note that could not go without notice is the number of VariEzes that were at Rough River this year. Now, since this is my first RR I obviously don’t know how many normally show up, but according to a bunch of folks there, this was apparently the most VEs that have shown up in a long, long time. To commemorate the 8 VariEzes that were present, they had the owners line them all up to get some good pics of the lot:
Finally, what would be a canard gathering be without a salute to canards by a formation of EZs:
I had a blast and it was both wonderful and highly motivating to see all those canards there (although apparently there was just a little over half the number of planes that normally show up).
Probably even more motivating to get me back to work was the sheer amount of driving it took to get there! That in and of itself is reason enough for me to knock out this bird so I never have to DRIVE to Rough River again! Cheers.