It’s time for the first October 2017 fly-out and our destination is Grimes Airfield (8N1) and the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, PA. Grimes is a privately owned public-use airport located 2 nautical miles east of Bethel. It has 1 runway designated 11/29 with a turf surface measuring 2,720 by 100 feet.
The big attraction on the field is the Golden Age Air Museum. It is a living museum dedicated to preserving aviation’s golden past. The “Golden Age of Aviation” is the two decades between the great world wars, the roaring 1920s and the fabulous 1930s. The museum’s concentration is this glorious time that included the birth of the barnstormer, airmail, flying circuses and the first airlines. The museum also features displays of automobiles and aircraft from man’s first desire to fly up through the 1940s.
We’re planning to meet at the hangar on Saturday at 10:30 am with wheels-up planned around 11 am. It should take most of us less than half an hour to fly the 45 nm from N57 to 8N1. There is no fuel on the field, so make sure you have enough in the tanks to fly there and back. Again, it’s a grass runway, so make sure your landing gear can handle that.
The first thing we’ll do is visit the museum. Admittance is $5 for adults and $3 for kids age 6-12. There are no restaurants on the field, so after we’re done looking at the museum planes and cars we can call taxis/Uber for a short 2 mile ride to Trainer’s Midway Diner which is about 2 miles from the airport.
After lunch, we’ll head back to the airport to jump in our planes and fly back to N57.
If you are interested in joining the fly-out to Grimes, please write an email to email@example.com and let us know your name, weight and whether you have a plane with available seats. Andre Kerstens is flight leader for this trip.