To try to keep this brief (which you all know is not my typical style!), I had posted about visits to the local airshows in 2009 and 2010. Both times, I noted my very favorite planes were the "Stearman Twins", as I referred to them. I had absolutely NO idea who they belonged to or where they "lived." I told the spousal-unit both times that I would really love to be able to go up in one of those planes. A pipe dream, certainly.
During a conversation with Dr. George (he hates when I call him that... *chuckle*), I mentioned how much I loved seeing the two Stearman planes at the airshows. I probably even said something about how much I would love to go up in one. He told me he might could arrange that. Now, you have to understand that the reason I adore Dr. George is that he and I can absolutely lie to each other with impunity and love it. :) He is a very fabulous guy with a terrifically fun sense of humor. Did I think that would ever be a possibility, much less a reality? Probably not.
Dr. George turns out to be friends with the planes' owner, who keeps them (and a few other planes) at hangars at his residence in the country. Dr. George contacts him and tells him about my desire to fly in a Stearman. Next thing I knew, the spousal-unit and I were going to a catfish fry to meet Mr. Bonnie Lee S., the owner of my beloved "Stearman Twins." Mr. Bonnie Lee knew my family and was a very kind host that day. He indicated we would make arrangements to fly together in the future. I could only hope.
Without further rambling from me, I want to share with you the most wonderful afternoon I have spent in many, many years!! A big ol' THANK YOU to the spousal-unit who came along to take the photos so I can remember this one. Check this one off of the Bucket List!! Oh... and Mr. Bonnie Lee is the most gracious, generous individual I have met in a long time. He probably has a gazillion people wanting to fly with him and I'm sure that can be very tiring. But he made it happen for me and I will be forever grateful to him for his generosity and kindness. Thank you, Mr. Bonnie Lee!!
|MY FABULOUS PILOT!|
|IT'S A TANDEM TAKE-OFF!!!|
|WE'RE IN THE SECOND PLANE.|
|HEAVENLY CLOUDS TO ENJOY!!|
|WE HAVE LANDED.|
|THIS WAS MY "WOO-HOOOOOOOO!" MOMENT.|
|CAN WE GO AGAIN?!? HUH? HUH? PUHLEEZ?!?!?|
|MY NEW SWEETIE... WHAT A DOLL!|
|I THINK HE'S CALLING FOR HELP TO GET ME AWAY FROM HIM!|
|HE'S MR. BONNIE LEE TO ME... "SWAMP" TO OTHERS.|
|THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, MR. BONNIE LEE!!|
|THE END OF A GLORIOUS DAY AND FLIGHT.|