Mary had a few things she wanted to do this morning and with the forecast heat and haze she took a pass on the flight. I sent Vince a text and he gladly took the right seat. I rolled through the gate around 10:15 meeting Vince in the parking lot. Together we completed the pre-flight and climbed aboard. I was still way ahead of the scheduled departure time but decided to get the fan turning and shoot an approach into Brandywine airport. Taxi clearance confirmed, we were on our way. 08Romeo climbed out on two seven with a right turn on course to the north. Winds were north- north west at eight knots with some clouds around five thousand. The haze was so thick you could slice it and serve it. As you can see from my track I abandoned the approach and turned west for KTHV, York.
The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post-Second World War years. The de Havilland Chipmunk was the first true postwar aviation project of de Havilland Canada. Today, over 500 DHC-1 Chipmunk (affectionately known as "Chippie") airframes remain airworthy with more being rebuilt every year. The production version of the airplane was powered by a 145 hp (108 kW) in-line de Havilland Gipsy Major engine.
Dave needed fuel so we all checked out the plane. Paint and fabric seem to be in excellent condition and Dave has plans for some upgrades to the cockpit. It looks to be a fun ride! We made our way to check out Mike's 172 and the avionics followed by a quick peek at 08Romeo. We said our goodbyes and I climbed aboard to set the brake while Vince pulled the chocks. I taxied out a few behind Dave and watched his take off, I think Vince has it on video. Vince and I cut through the haze the entire trip home. Harrisburg handed us off to Potomac followed by two hand offs to Philly approach. Once we had Wilmington in sight Philly cut us loose. I contacted the tower and as directed entered a midfield right down wind for runway two seven. Smooth landing and taxi to Red Eagle to call it a day.
Mary and I planned to make the hop to Wings (KLOM) for dinner but with this heat and haze I think we will drive. I'm up tomorrow at 5:30 for another Instrument lesson, I hope the heat lets up.