A dream of mine was finally fulfilled after 13 years of waiting. When I was 12 my dad, Jim Jenkins the Director of our Museum, bought me my first airplane it was a 1961 Piper PA22-108 Colt. I was so excited, I was finally able to start my flight training. After taking a couple of lessons in the plane we noticed some general maintenance needed to be done. In the course of working on the airplane I poked a hole in the side of the vertical stabilizer, thus starting a 4 year journey and my first restoration project. I spent 9th thru 12th grade of high school restoring the Colt, finishing the project in 2003. I proceeded to sell the airplane to the North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum where the airplane resides today with the complete line of Short Wing Pipers.
So I, along with our new apprentice Sean Phillips had the privilege of flying our the Colt to the Western Antique Airplane And Automobile Museum’s Fly In that took place on September 9th, 10th, and 11th. This was the first time that I have been able to fly this airplane by myself and on a cross country trip.
We left Skagit Bayview Airport at approximately 9:30 AM Friday morning and made a south bound departure out of the pattern directly for Mt.Rainier. Our flight path took us right along the west side of Mt.Rainier at 8,000 feet. The beauty and scenery with flying around the Pacific North West is one of the great joys that I have.
After Flying along the west side of Rainier we set a course for the west side of Mt.Adams, another beautiful staple of this state that we live in.
As we passed Mt.Adams, we adjusted our course slightly to the south east and entered Hood River into our GPS. Approximately 45mins later we had the airport in view and made our decent to pattern altitude and completed a successful landing. We were then directed by ground control to our parking spot.
We stayed at the WAAAM Fly In for two days. Unbeknownst to me the Fly In had Aircraft Judging. The Colt was judged and took Grand Champion Classic. We then proceeded to head home on Sunday morning. The weather was overcast the whole way but we were able to make it safely back to our home base, 3W5 Concrete Mears Field.