Day 21

Bark Hut to Coomalie Farm 130 km

Today was not about the driving as 130 km passes quick enough even at 55 kph, it was all about the fly-in at Coomalie farm.

We arrived after lunch and already various fixed wing, gyrocopters, ultralights, and helicopters were in place but there was more to come firstly an immaculate Pitts Special then a huge single engine (1000 hp ?) Antonov AN2 biplane that was said to fly as slow as 20 knots and evidently the Russians troops would just jump out (or were they pushed) sans parachute into the snow as the thing just skimmed the ground.

I just looked up Wikipedia here is a quote:

A note from the pilot’s handbook reads: “If the engine quits in instrument conditions or at night, the pilot should pull the control column full aft and keep the wings level. The leading-edge slats will snap out at about 64 km/h (40 mph), and when the airplane slows to a forward speed of about 40 km/h (25 mph), the airplane will sink at about a parachute descent rate until the aircraft hits the ground.”

Food was laid on, an aeronautical band played some aeronautical tunes, a big bonfire and of course fireworks. Ticked all the boxes.

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