Amboy fly in

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  1. Nov 21, 2019 #1

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    20191117_063940.jpg Last weekend. There is a long gravel strip near the semi-ghost town of Amboy, California. Located on the old Route 66, it's basically a gas station, motel, post office and not much else. Its 1950s neon sign is well-known and was lit up for the first time in decades. The whole place is slowly being restored..
    Over 30 airplanes showed up, mostly taildraggers but also a Mooney, a Bonanza and a twin-engined Tecnam.
    I flew out in the Maule, with a friend in a Carbon Cub. A fun event. The general crowd was much younger than the usual gatherings of pilots, where gray hair predominates.
    Camped overnight and flew back in the morning. Not very often that you get to taxi you down Route 66 in your airplane. Likely this will be repeated in the future. See you there.

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    Oh crap. sorry I missed that! Is that one old dilapidated hangar still there at the end of the runway? I hope they bring that town back to life, just like Radiator Springs :)

    Did you guys go out and lay wheels down on any of Patton's old abandoned military airfields in that area... Ludlow, Goffs, etc.?

    I hope you're loving the Maule.
     
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    I'm sure others flew out during the day. I never really experienced a fly in quite like this. For one thing, the crowd was relatively young and the whole atmosphere was very relaxed and fun. CI think Amboy is definitely set to make a comeback as a destination on Route 66, especially as they improve the facilities.
    That restricted airspace right next to it is a little bit of a nuisance, but no big deal. The few guys who organized this are also working on setting up other fly-ins in out-of-the-way, little-known and abandoned airstrips.


    And yes, I do love my Maule. although as soon as I find a 180hp Lycoming at a reasonable price, I will throw that in. It does fine with the O-300, but could always use a little more power. 20191116_102348.jpg 20191116_135446.jpg 20191116_135446.jpg
     
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    Oh hell yes !!! When I get my little Ridge Runner flying I would be all over that.

    Was that Dustin Mosher and his bunch from Tehachapi that organized this? Or maybe "Little John" and the group at Corona?
     
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    Some one "flew the `coupe" in there the weekend of the 14/15th. This sounds like a real fun time, and I hope to see more HBA support.
    Thanks for the pictures, PT.
     
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    Yes, Dustin was mostly responsible for this. Got to know him at Flabob.
     
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