Looks like this isn’t our weekend… The weather in Anchorage and Wittier is terrible, not allowing the WWII aircraft that were coming to take off. Add to this the memorial services taking place today for Eric Anderstrom and our desire to respect his family and friends, we have decided to cancel the air show and fly-in portion of today’s events.
We are still having the 6pm steak dinner for the community. Please feel free to stop out and share in our limited 75th anniversary celebrations, see our artifact collection, climb around in the 1941 C-47 and learn what we’re trying to create here in the hangar. The Coast Guard is flying in sometime around 2-3pm, so if anyone would like to come explore the Coast Guard helicopter, that one is still coming.
General Hummel wanted to make sure we extended her condolences to Eric’s family.
Another reminder… Delta Western will be dropping the price of AVGAS tomorrow by 75 cents…
Weather today looked a bit sketchy this morning, but around noon the sun came out and we have great weather. Here are some photos from the centerline of 20 and looking down the unfinished 11/29:
Forecast is calling for just overcast. No rain. High ceilings and good visibility. Unfortunately the forecast for Anchorage is the opposite. I just got word the WWII aircraft that were planning to come down won’t be due to the poor vis. Better to be safe, so it was the right decision. We’ll definitely miss them, but we’ll have a good celebration anyway.
This has been an unfortunate week in Yakutat. There was a house fire and we lost one of our own. The services are also tomorrow, which will cast a shadow over our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Eric.
I’m heading to bed, but wanted to wish Stanley and Minnie Block their 75th wedding anniversary today… Both of them have passed away, but…
Stan worked with the Army Corps building the Yakutat airbase in 1941. His lovely sweetheart traveled by train from Brooklyn to Seattle, where she boarded the Alaska Steamship Co. S.S. Mt McKinley for Yakutat. They were married here August 3rd, 1941. Minnie was forced to leave Alaska shortly after Pearl Harbor, along with their Husky named “Yaki” and any other servicemen’s wives on the Princess Louise.
Stan and Minnie returned to Yakutat about 10 years ago, staying at Leonard’s Landing for a week. I would have been out fishing on the Akwe at the time, so missed my chance to meet them. I have been getting to know their kids though, through the magic of the internet.
As a reminder, Delta Western will be reducing the price of AVGAS by 75 cents on Friday, to help reduce the costs for fly-ins. I believe that would be $5.90/gallon.
Other airport updates… Runway 11/29 remains closed. No ILS on runway 02/20. Runway 02/20 is not grooved, therefore standing water can be an issue during heavy rains. I usually land in the grass anyway…
Aircraft parking should be anywhere on the ramp within the light grey concrete in above picture, leave a taxiway along the northeast side of the hangar to access the two hangars behind, then park anywhere in front of the two ramp hangars. Just leave taxiway access for the Alaska jet. We’ll have someone out on the ramp directing to the tie downs, if you need it. Overflow (if that is even an issue) on the south ramp area.
Pup-tent camping is allowed OUTSIDE the fence. The grass strip immediately behind the hangar (we have port-o-potties stationed there) is a great place for camping.
As of right now, the forecast is for a 50% chance of rain on Friday. Hey! We got a 50% chance of not raining too! Let’s be optimistic.
We officially hit our 75th anniversary in three more days! This has been a day of good news too. Delta Western called, to let me know they will be lowering the price of AVGAS by 75 cents on Friday, to help reduce the costs for anyone flying in. That was a very nice gesture on their part and completely unexpected. Thank you Delta Western.
Other exciting news… we have flushing toilets and a pressurized water system in the hangar for the first time since 1974. This has been a long time coming, but we’ll at least be able to use the restrooms for the event. Except we still don’t have any sinks, doors or stall dividers… But other than that, the bathrooms are done…
Will the weather cooperate? Looks like we’re still calling for a maybe. One forecast says rain. Another just says overcast with no rain. I have no control over what the weather will do, so if it rains, we’ll have to entertain ourselves inside the hangar without the pilot contests. We’ll have a great day regardless.
One more update… I received an e-mail from the reporter who put us on the cover of the Capital City Weekly last year. Mary Catherine put together another article that comes out in tomorrow’s CCP issue just in time to remind anyone about the fly-in.
Here is the article from last year…
See you Friday!