Granby EAA pancake breakfast fly-in July 7, 2012

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Pancake Breakfast Fly-In at Granby was sparsely attended by pilots because of the weather, but still a lot of fun. A lot of locals drove in to see the planes and cars on display. Sue spent the entire morning on kid duty, letting kids sit in 82H and chatting with parents. Even a few of the parents got inside just to see how much room there is in a C182, and several kids came back for a second sit-in :-). John and Bob also spent most of the morning on kid duty with 90K opened up for kids to sit in.

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  A couple days prior to the fly-in, the EAA chapter was practicing their formations for the July 4th festivities. The "Tweety Birds". Granby right downwind for 27, looking east at the continental divide. "mountain obscuration" was about at my limit, I would have wussed out if I hadn't had SPOT and Bob on board, and 90K to caravan with. Wispy clouds looking right at runway 27. Looking north-east at Lake Granby and Longs Peak.

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  Turning right base 27 looking south-west. Short final 27. N3566C came in from Denver and reported Corona Pass was open. N7390K Bob with 90K.

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  Long line of kids wanting to sit in 82H while Sue chatted with parents. Line never stopped :-) More wispy clouds to the west. With all the clouds, not a pretty day for the VFR pilots. Last year maybe 50 planes flew in, today maybe 8. Notice one of the RV's taking off. EdB and JohnM flew in with 90K.

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  N77ZW, a Tailwind. The homebuilder who constructed this did a beautiful job. N8UP, Van's Air Force, Colorado Wing N982EJ

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  N67BT Sum total of home-builts that flew in - 4, plus the 3 cessna's and the Yak. On the left, tent covered seating for the pancake breakfast. On the right, locals pulled out their planes for display. N43UP, Yak-3U

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  John, Ed, chats with Jim, the Yak pilot. cockpit of the Yak.

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  B17 and B24 bombers and P51 at FNL. The Champ was up flying too! N980F

After a while we checked updated weather (LOVE ForeFlight on the iPad!) and since ceilings had dropped in Denver area but had improved in Wyoming we decided to not go south to Corona pass but instead go back home by way of Milner Pass or Cameron, whatever looked good when we got there. Since it was past 11am we decided to go to Greeley for lunch next instead of just back to FNL :-) We'd only climbed to 12,500 to get over the divide on the way west, but homebound climbed quite a bit higher and with a visual on Longs Peak (over 14,000 ft) we crossed over Milner pass and then headed east descending with the cloud tops. We were prepared to get a popup IFR clearance if needed but just east of FNL there was a huge hole we could spiral down through, then head to Greeley for lunch.

While at lunch RobP (organizer for all things B17/B24 at the Collings Foundation stop at FNL) called with a request for a photo fly-by with a local media photographer so after lunch we headed back to FNL and took Pam up for a photo shoot flight. It was bumpy but she got a few good photos. Always awe-inspiring to see the living history that is the B17 and B25 (and P51!) still flying around.

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