Views of the Neighborhood – Lakeway Skypark Open House

Today we are going to attend the Lakeway Autopark open house. This event doesn’t take place often, but this was the weekend for it. We are boing catered by Matties of Austin and music by the (who else) B52’s

Menu

Biscuits + Chorizo Cream Gravy˚ with scrambled eggs

Milk Punch French Toast macerated strawberries, candied pecans, whipped cream, bourbon maple syrup.

Green Chile Pork Chilaquiles tomatillo sauce, chunky pico de gallo, over-easy eggs, cotija cheese, tortilla chips

Breakfast Plate˚ scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon or house-made wild boar sausage . . . . .
Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict˚ buttermilk biscuits, hollandaise, green salad

Basmati Rice Bowl (V) chickpeas, coconut curry, roasted vegetables, cilantro, tomato, and green onions.

Picture of an old time school bus

So Jump on, and let’s go

Welcome to the Airpark

A T-28 trainer doing a flyover with smoke

Looks like the turnout is great.

A small custom-built racing plane.

A piper cub

Military version of a 1953 Piper Cub

The trainer has just touched down on the runway. (you can see the smoke from the tires just behind it.)

A Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser float plane.

A modern Cirrus plane. (The one that can deploy a parachute in case of trouble)

 

 The US Navy North American Aviation T-28 VT-5 trainer parks. This one is marked with service on the USS Lexington, the same ship my father served on in World War II. Although my Dad was a Naval Aviator, this trainer was not in service until 1948, which was after my Dad left the service

A well-coordinated take-off.

A beautiful Socata TBM-900 (single-turboprop)

Another view of the participation.

A permanent Mooney aircraft letting you know you are at the airpark. I hope you enjoyed the visit today. Have some food and enjoy the music.

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  1. I enjoy watching aircraft, John. This looks like a great event.

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    1. It was so much fun.

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  2. Wow, looks like a fun event on a spectacular day, John!

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    1. It was 8:30 in the morning so not too hot yet. Was a super event. Thanks, Lori.

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  3. My husband loves to watch planes. He would enjoy this one. Thanks for the tour, John!

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    1. I think most males love to do that. I’m right with him. Thanks, Joan,

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  4. What a lovely way to spend a day !

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    1. It was. Thank you.

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  5. It looks like a fun air show, and that well timed take off was great for you both!

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    1. It was fun and unorganized in a neighborhood kind of way. Thanks, Deborah.

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  6. I love going to airshows, John. It looks like you had a great day for it. We’ve seen reports of high temps in Texas, are they high in your area?

    I can’t resist biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs.

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    1. We are looking at 106 today and highs in the 100s for the next seven days. Ugh. Good choice on the breakfast.

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      1. Yikes! Stay cool.

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      2. As Teagan says, “Bless the Grid.”

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  7. Lovin’ the aircraft displays, John. (But you knew I would, didn’t you?!)
    Having the French toast, it’s been a while since I indulged with such a large breakfast.

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    1. I suspected that you would GP. 😊

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  8. Looks like perfect weather for that kind of event. Must have been a lot of fun.

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    1. The weather was terrific. it was in the morning so the temps wen’t too hot.

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  9. Is that last yellow plane perhaps a Mooney? When I began hanging around Kerrville, one of my friends’ fathers was an exec with the company there, and my friend himself was a ‘frequent flyer’ up to the EAA gatherings in Oshkosh. He and his wife lived near Comfort; he’d build a series of hangars around a grass field, and we’d sit out there and barbeque and drink beer and talk planes.

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    1. Of course it is. Looks like a typo. A Mooney is the first plane I ever flew. It had integrated controls so that turns were always co-ordinated. It was like driving a car. Thanks for the subtle hint there was a mistake there.

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  10. We enjoy airshows and displays. I haven’t heard The B52s in ages. Wonder what they are doing these days? I made French toast for breakfast this morning. Always a good choice.

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    1. Yes French Toast is always a good choice. Thanks, Darlene

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  11. This looks so fun! Thanks for taking us along, John. Stay cool!

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    1. It will be hard today 106 is the projected high

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  12. John,
    Very good. The yellow piper cub is the same plane I took my flying lessons in (well not THE same plane). But great memories. My instructor called my landings “controlled crashes.”
    And I’ll take sausage and eggs please.
    Thanks for the memories – and the food.

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    1. My dad used to refer to the landings on an aircraft carrier as controlled crashes as well. Thanks, Tom

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  13. Thank you for the tour, John!

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    1. Thanks for coming along, Liz

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  14. That looks like tons of fun. I took my dad to our air museum a few years ago and we had a blast.

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    1. I love air museums. So much to see.

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  15. It’s cool that they have an open house. There’s a lot to bring on gawking, even without the good breakfast and great music that adds to the occasion. Thanks for sharing, John. 🙂

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    1. The airpark is surrounded by houses (mostly those with hangers) and the group thinks it a good idea to do PR work once in a while. Thanks, Tim.

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  16. Looks like an interesting event!

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    1. Yes it was. Thanks, Becky.

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  17. I would love to see this, as would a friend of mine who likes to fly – he’s taken me up twice. How lucky you are to have this! As for the food, despite the terrible caloric load, I’ll have the milk punch
    French toast as an homage to my father, one of whose specialties was milk punch!

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    1. We used to do a lot of milk punch in college. The girls loved it. I’m glad you like the post, Noelle.

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  18. Loved the tour, John. We have an airshow once a year where vintage planes fly over our lake and do stunts. Such fun to watch.

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks for coming along Karen.

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  19. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University is near us and we listen to/watch small craft every day. I love it! Thank you for sharing this event with us — music, food, and good company. Can’t beat it! 😊

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it Gwen. Thanks for the comment and for coming along.

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  20. What a fun thing to do on a beautiful morning, John. I enjoyed the photos. “A modern Cirrus plane. (The one that can deploy a parachute in case of trouble)” – does the actual plane have a parachute? I’ve never heard of that and what a great idea! And very cool to see the type of plane your father flew. That must have been something to see for you. Thanks for the view of the neighborhood.

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    1. This plane was a little late for myfather but the fact that it has the USS Lexington on the tail was surprise for me. that was one of the aircraft carriers my father was assigned to from 1944 to 1945. Yes the Cirrus has it’s own parachute. Here is a video you might enjoy https://youtu.be/gBCUQlF3MMU

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      1. Wow. That was cool. The nosedive made me a little nervous, but then it straightens right out. And it comes with a boat too. Lol.

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      2. Too bad he had to go down in the water. Probibly lost the plane.

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      3. I wondered if it was a demonstration.

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      4. No it was real. The guy ran out of fuel near Maui

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      5. Wow. That’s all I can say. 🙂

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  21. As good as a car show. Nice to see a Navy trainer with a connection to the Lexington and your dad.

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    1. I know it was quite a surprise to me to see the Lexington on the tail..

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  22. What a romantic Sunday, dear John! I adore planes. Thank you! 🍤🍤🍤🍺🍺🍺

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    1. Oh good. I do too. It was a fun moring for me.

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  23. John, how I’d have loved seeing this in person — but your post is the next best thing! Thank you for a lovely outing (and it looks like a perfect day for it, too!)

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    1. In erson was the best. but at least you got to stay cool. 😊

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      1. Good point.

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  24. That’s a lot of airplanes! Thanks for taking us along, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan.😊

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  25. What a fab event. Who says air and plane shows must involve the latest and great jets!

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    1. Not me for sure. Thanks, Frank.

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  26. Looks like a nice turnout on a beautiful day. Thanks for the tour, John!

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    1. Thank you, Teri

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  27. Youse guys are always doing interesting things. Those planes are beautiful. Having just seen Top Gun Maverick, I was particularly interested in the Navy plane – so funny to be a pilot for the navy, feels like an oxymoron!

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    1. Thanks, Dale. I saw the original and owner if this one is as good

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      1. This one is about five times better than the original 🙂

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  28. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Impressive shots, John! I had no idea that some planes could deploy a parachute. My son and I were at the Nascar race in Sonoma yesterday (the first time), and there were some great flyovers.

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    1. I think I told you I lived in Sonoma. You could hear the cars downtown on race day .

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  29. Lots of deep blue sky for all those planes!!!!

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    1. That’s for sure.

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  30. This tour was Top Gun coolness, Sheriff. And the chorizo cream gravy with biscuits and scrambled eggs would be a whole week’s worth of cheat day for me. But hey, that’s what Sundays are for, right?

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    1. That is what Sundays are for Marc

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    2. PS When you are my age everyday is cheat day

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      1. I understand 😉

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  31. I love, LOVE this! I didn’t know your dad was a Naval aviator. Hubby and son were, too. 🙂

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    1. I was so surprised to see the Lexington on the tail of that trainer.

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      1. You must have been over the moon! Hubby accidentally bumped into his old F-4 Phantom on the grounds of the Naval Academy and nearly fainted with excitement. I’m so glad you saw that aircraft with the Lexington on the tail, John.

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      2. I was. I can’t imagine hubby running into his F-4. That must have been some event. I would be talking about that forever.

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      3. It was, and he talked about it forever. 🙂

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      4. I can imagine. I would be too.

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  32. I would have loved to be there.

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    1. It was great. You’ll have to be satisfied with my report.

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  33. I wish they’d have an air show here like a few years ago.

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