First taxi !!
The weather has not been great lately. Low overcast skies. And the wind was strong.
"Well, why not just taxi it around?" he asked.
I was really fortunate to have six young, enthusiastic teens to help pull the Jenny out of the hangar. Talk about a getting an introduction to aviation. Hanging on to the wing strut of a Curtiss Jenny has to be the best experience you could ever get.
We pulled the airplane up to the runway. Ron gave each primer cup four shots of prime.
Four lucky kids got to hold the wings as the rest watched from the side.
Bill Hammond gave the prop a swing. The Hisso ran on the first blade, but the guy in the back cockpit let the idle get too low (it was cold) and the engine stopped. It took us a while, but we figured out the sequence and got it started again.
Chocks pulled, the Jenny moved under it's own power.
Down the runway and turned around.
Back to the starting point.
I could not have agreed more.
So, we taxied down the runway again, this time getting a little more speed.
By now, everyone was plenty chilled, so we called it a day.
Just waiting now for a day off work with corresponding good weather. Then the first flight will occur.
PS - all these photos were screen shots from a video taken by Scott Coile. Hope to have that video posted soon. I wasn't planning to pull the Jenny out of the hangar so I didn't even have my camera!