Being the newest flag I haven't had the chance to fly as much as the others. Our custodians try to even things out and lots of it is pretty much by chance. Like this ride. They were out on the grounds of EAA walking around and I was the only flag that wasn't already with someone. They ran into this young man at a booth near the flight line. He was representing the Growlers and talking about the interesting work they do.
We asked if he would be able to take a flag up with him and he agreed. He was a really interesting pilot because unlike most pilots we interview he hadn't wanted to be a pilot his whole life. He'd actually gone to college with an entirely different goal in mind. But he decided that wasn't going to work out after all, so he started looking for a new goal. As he related to us, he appened to go past a Navy recruiting station that sent him to talk to officer recruiters. They recognized something in him that they knew they could use and now, many years later, he's not only a Growler pilot, he trains other Growler pilots. But again, he was prepared to take advantage of opportunities and he loves what he does. His call sign, by the way, is Rabbit.
I got to fly with him in one of the Heritage Flights at AirVenture. You can see me in the window as we're in the group. Then I got an unexpected flight because later that evening some really bad weather came in. There were tornados not very far from the EAA grounds and lots of the military planes that were parked out on the grounds left so they weren't damaged by the high winds and hale. We flew to Madison and stayed there overnight. It was a couple of days before we could all get together again so I could be passed back to my custodians.
Every year the Growler pilots have a big banquet where they give out awards. They frequently have a film put together of some of the things they've been involved in during the year. Would you believe our flight at EAA AirVenture is in there several times? We've put the whole video at the bottom of the page for you. You can recognize AirVenture when you see it, probably, but it's at 3:14, 3:56, 4:04, 4:23, 514 and at the very end 5:41. That end shot is Rabbit, my pilot. I love watching the video. Lots of people out there working really hard on our behalf.
Awesome watch the whole thing. Several shots of the Growlers at EAA including the very ending shot
I'm in the Growler right in the middle of the screen. We were actually flying in kind of a square formation.
I love the sounds of jets