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Tour of the Harley Davidson Factory  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, February 24, 2019
Harley- Davidson Factory Tour in York, PA

Fly into KTHV (Thomasville/York) Airport, and acquire transportation to the plant, just minutes away, to tour this magnificent facility! All fans of the American made motorcycle should want to see this at sometime in their lifetimes, especially Harley owners!

York is a great airport, has a nice FBO, and is near plenty of places to eat along the way to the factory...make a day of it!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight

Background info on the tours:


FACTORY TOURS
Harley-Davidson® Factory Tours offer the chance to watch extraordinary people channel their pride and expertise into machines that capture the imagination. We've opened the doors to some of our manufacturing facilities to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring a legend to life.
Get a glimpse of the manufacturing process at these locations.

CLASSIC FACTORY TOUR
Our Classic Factory Tour offers individuals and small groups an intimate view of Harley-Davidson’s assembly line and fabrication areas. Tours last approximately one hour.
Classic Factory Tour Schedule:
Monday – Friday | 9:00 AM – 2:00PM
Tours begin at regular intervals between the hours of 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Tickets are limited, distributed on a first come, first served basis for each day’s available tours, and are free for walk-in groups of 9 people or less. It is recommended that you arrive early in the day.
Classic Factory Tour Cost & Reservations
Regular: Free
Groups of 10 or more: Please call 717-852-6590 for group pricing & reservations.
Tours are not offered on weekends, major holidays, or during production changes and year-end maintenance except where noted. Tour schedule and route are subject to change.

STEEL TOE TOUR
The Steel Toe Tour gives you a chance to experience Harley-Davidson history and get up-close and personal with the Touring, Trike and CVO™ model families. The tour route has been expanded for smaller groups to provide a more personalized tour experience. The Steel Toe Tour takes you through the manufacturing of fuel tanks, frames, and fenders, as well as many ‘employee only’ areas in paint and polish.
The Steel Toe Tour goes behind-the-scenes through areas previously unseen by the public. You will be required to wear a safety vest, safety glasses, and steel toe protection, all of which are provided.
Steel Toe Tour Admission Includes:
• One tour ticket
• Commemorative pin
• Group photo
• Safety vest
• One $5 coupon, redeemable at Factory Tour Gift Shop
Steel Toe Tour Schedule
Daily Monday - Friday | 9:15 am and 12:00 pm
Other sessions are added to accommodate peak times. Duration for each tour is approximately two hours. Tour schedule and route are subject to change.
Steel Toe Tour Cost & Reservations
Regular: $38.00
Groups of 16 or more: $35.00
Tours sell out quickly. Call 877-883-1450 or go to the link below to reserve your tour. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.  read more...
Griggs Aircraft Refinishing  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, February 24, 2019
Griggs Aircraft Refinishing
172 Runway Rd, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

Griggs is a great place to refurbish your older plane!

Painting, avionics, maintenance, fabrication and STCs, extra fuel tanks for just about any plane, etc., this is the place.

Tucked away in somewhat off-the-beaten-path Skyhaven Airport in Tunkhannock, PA, it is a very interesting approach over the mountains to get into here, but worth the flight as the shop is incredible!

I've had multiple friends take their planes here and all are very impressed with the quality, timeliness and pricing of their refurbs.

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight

From the owners:

Griggs Aircraft Refinishing LLC started our venture 12 years ago as an aircraft painting facility. Brothers Will and Matt began painting aircraft in a small single engine aircraft hangar located at Skyhaven Airport. Since the beginning, Griggs Aircraft has provided high quality work and honest pricing to some of the most sophisticated customers in the light aircraft community.

As we've grown we've added some of the best talent in the aviation industry to expand our capabilities. Our technicians treat all jobs—from simple repairs to complex glass panel installations—with the same degree of care and expertise. Our recent FAA-PAH has allowed us to expand our fabrication services.

We now manufacture the entire line of Wolf Aircraft Products along with recently-purchased O&N Fuel System STCs. While your aircraft is here, we can also perform annual inspections on single engine and light twin engine airplanes. Just as the day we started, our goal is to provide the highest quality work and give our customers just what they are looking for.

We believe in treating our customers right and giving them the best experience while not costing them the most. Before, during, and after the job, we maintain excellent customer communication on all aspects of our work. We are the kind of company that believes in honesty and hard work.   read more...
The Dotson's Runway Graves - retained as the airport was built!  ::   ::  Created on Wednesday, February 20, 2019
GRAVES IN A RUNWAY at KSAV!

One of the FEW places in the world where you will taxi, take-off, and land right on tope of grave-sites! The next time you are flying in yourself or going commercial, you need to check this out next time you are at KSAV!

Story below is very interesting - one of the Aviation Oddities of the USA!

1001 Davidson Drive, Suite 150
Garden City, GA 31408
United States of America

When the Savannah Airport built an extension to Runway 10 in the 1980s they found a bit of a snag in their plans for this new path. Like many airports across the country, the Savannah airfield was built on former farmland, taking advantage of all the wide open space for lengthy runways and sprawling terminal hubs.

A necessary component of using this type of land has always been dealing with the small family cemetery plots that most of them have. Generally this is not a problem with the airport usually footing the bill to move the graves into a modern cemetery with the family’s consent. In the case of the graves in the way of the Runway 10 extension, the family did not consent.

Citing the fact that their ancestors would have wanted to stay on the land they worked so hard to cultivate and purchase, the surviving Dotson relatives refused to allow Richard and Catherine to be moved.

Since it is illegal in America to transfer buried remains without the consent of next of kin, the airport did the only thing they could and simply paved over them. However, far from a heartless steamrolling, two headstones were placed over the graves, laid flat with the runway.

Today the Dotson’s graves look more like patches of concrete repair work amidst the winding asphalt runway system. However pilots and flight crew know what they really are and ghost stories have even begun to spring up among those that take off and land on top of the graves.   read more...
Murphy's Homestyle Restaurant (Breakfast + Lunch)  ::   ::  Created on Monday, February 18, 2019
Murphy's Homestyle
Address: 6th St, New Cumberland, PA 17070

GREAT place if landing at Capitol City and looking for a GOOD, HOME COOKED breakfast with a smile! This reminds me of going to someone's HOME for breakfast - that is the feel!

Take the courtesy car from the FBO, Skyport Aviation, and drive about 5-7 minutes up the road - cannot miss it - free parking in lot.

We offer daily breakfast and lunch specials, homemade soups and desserts. Check us out if you're in the area!

Public Transit
Located along Route A on Capital Area Transit

General Manager
Ashley Murphy

Attire
Casual

Highly recommended!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight
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Skyport Aviation FBO  ::   ::  Created on Monday, February 18, 2019
Skyport Aviation - Capitol City Airport


-This is the latest in a long string of previously failed FBO's who charged too much! Skyport is much better, and in fact they just arranged for FEES to go away for smaller planes, so, no more LANDING, PARKING, RAMP, or SERVICE fees at Cap City for planes less than 6,000 pounds - HOORAY!

-They have a nice courtesy car and there are multiple good places to eat right nearby within 5 minutes drive! (see others on this site)

-Also offer:
-Pilot Lounge
-Showers
-Concierge Services (including hotel, rental car and event planning)
-Custom Catering
-Conference Room
-Flight Planning Room for GA
-Pilot Shop

SUPPORT ACTIVITIES:
-GPUs
-De-icing
-Overnight Hangar Availability
-Wheelchair Accessibility
-Maintenance and Avionics Shop on the Field

Finally, a fast-jet FBO who realizes they can get a lot more business by DROPPING FEES!

Highly recommended, and TELL THEM the dropped fees helped get you there!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight  read more...
Bruno Pizzatown USA  ::   ::  Created on Monday, February 18, 2019
BRUNO Pizzatown USA
Address: 118 Old York Rd, New Cumberland, PA 17070
Phone: (717) 774-4721

Land at Capitol City Airport - this great restaurant is at the approach end of runway 08 - cannot miss it! Skyport Aviation is the FBO and always has a new, clean courtesy car to lend if you top off.

It is a 3-4 minute drive to get here, and this is more like a high-end Italian restaurant than a pizza joint.

I had the spaghetti and red clam sauce, and it came with a salad and drink - great food, service and pricing. They used real clams in the sauce, which was outstanding.

The pizza looked magnificent also - will get that next time!

More good news! The Cap City Airport just ENDED FEES for planes of 6,000 pounds or less, meaning most "$100 Hamburger" run planes are now welcomed here for FREE. All landing, ramp, parking and services fees are now WAIVED by SKYPORT! Hooray!

Highly recommended!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight


From Bruno Pizzatown USA

"If there's one thing everybody loves, it's pizza! Bruno Pizzatown USA is a local, family-owned restaurant that specializes in serving your favorite comfort food - pizza. We have over 20 years of experience in making delicious pizzas."  read more...
Graceland - Home of Elvis and his Aircraft  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, February 3, 2019
Graceland! Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116 Graceland is a mansion on a 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, once owned by the singer and actor Elvis Presley. His daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, has been the owner of Graceland since the passing of her father. Fly into KMEM and stop at the Wilson Air Center FBO (for small planes). Numerous ways to get over to the GRACELAND estate, less than 10 minutes away! Take a good look at the "Elvis Air Force" of jets he used to fly around on - pretty cool!Probably something for everyone here...while Elvis passed many decades ago, this is a fun visit to a true American Icon...and even some aviation thrown in with the jets to see on the estate! Check website for current pricing. We bought the entire package and stayed the entire day. Good fun!  read more...
Tukahoe Inn  ::   ::  Created on Monday, January 21, 2019
My Wife and I flew in to Ocean City NJ (26N) last week and caught a “Lyft” over to the Tukahoe Inn for dinner. We often see the Inn from the highway when driving “down the shore”, but until now we’d never stopped by. We were happily surprised by how quaint this restaurant is. There is a huge open fireplace in the pub area and a large restaurant area nearby. The whole place was very nice and warm and welcoming. The food was delicious and although I could not have a brew, there were probably 10 taps for those that could. The ride over from the airport was about $15.00 and took about 7-10 minutes. The ride (each way) arrived within 4 minutes of paging them. This is a fun and easily accessible destination. We’ll be back.  read more...
Dominic's Diner  ::   ::  Created on Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Dominic's Diner is the current restaurant at LWM & NBSP. It serves typical diner fare, breakfasts, burgers and sandwiches, and some middle-eastern food such as shwarma and felafel.   read more...
O'Rorke's Family Eatery of Gettysburg  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, January 13, 2019
O'Rorke's Family Eatery Address: 44 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325 Land at historic and scenic Gettysburg Airport (W05) and either walk or drive to this great place to eat for lunch or dinner! Gettysburg is a great airport but recently SHUT DOWN their fueling operation and added a huge FENCE, but still a great place to land to have access to this wonderful town with so much to do. We flew in for dinner last Friday night (11 Jan 2019) and had a great time - two ship formation and four adults. Highly recommended - great menu and friendly service - good prices for a tourist town. Not too crowded if you get there early. In the summer, there are plenty of Civil War Era Soldiers eating here! Great time! From the owners...Whether it’s a steak dinner, Irish fare, sandwiches, appetizers or any other menu choice you’ll get good food, good portions at a good price at O’Rorke’s pub and eatery. If you’re just looking for a drink and conversation there’s a good selection of draft and bottled beers, specialty and mixed drinks as well as non-alcoholic beverages. The establishment is often frequented by re-enactors and local characters who add to the friendly pub ambiance. Most regulars are very knowledgeable about American and local history, especially the Civil War and are more than happy to share their knowledge when asked. The owner takes a hands-on approach with patrons. Together with a friendly, courteous bar and wait staff every effort is made to insure your O’Rorke’s experience is enjoyable and one you’ll want to repeat regardless if you’re a local or a visitor.   read more...
Apron Cafe  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, January 13, 2019
Very nice on airport diner with the typical menu and reasonable prices. Plenty of parking available and the service is prompt and the food is good. Nice for a quick local breakfast / brunch fly out.  read more...
2019 Annual New Year's Fly-Out to Smoketown  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, December 16, 2018
1 Jan 2019: The Annual New Year's Day Fly-Out to Smoketown, PA (10th Year)

-For a pilot, there is no better way to start the New Year than by FLYING and breaking open the logbook on New Year's Day!

-Come join us for our annual NEW YEAR's Day Flight to Smoketown, PA, S37, a fantastic, friendly and fun little airport in Amish Country of Central PA! Cheap fuel available. -Land and then a short walk over to Joni's 34 Diner!

-Land S37 between 12:30 and 12:50. Meet at the FBO for a group photo, and then all walk together over to Joni's Place (5 min walk, nearly connected to the airport) -Late Lunch with your pilot buddies, old and new, at 1:00pm!

Cash helps Joni, but all forms of payment taken. http://www.jonisplace.net/ The lunch will take about an hour. Joni has THREE dishes prepared, A BBQ Brisket, Sauerkraut and sausage, and a Chicken Pot Pie ready! -There will be a very short dedication to three beloved aviators who "Flew West" in 2017-18 due to old age, Robert Cressman, Jerry Rosie and John Shreve, all of who contributed to this site with posts and sponsoring fly-ins at airport 62PA, Shreveport North. -MUST be day VMC to go, pilot's call. Winds must be reasonable for light aircraft.

-No RSVP - just show and go! Looking for 5000 foot ceiling, 7 miles vis and winds less than 10 knots.

-Last year we had 20+ pilots meet, so this is a growing event. The variety of aircraft was something to behold. What a great winter fly - out! -Weather back up date is 1 Jan 2020!

-Please joint us. Mike Marra, Keystone Flight of Central PA  read more...
Terrible's Hotel and Casino  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, December 2, 2018
15$ landing fee, including overnight parking, waived when purchasing AVGAS (>20 Gal). Terrible's Hotel and Casino located across the street (<0.5m). Hotel, Casino, Denny's, Steakhouse, Coffee Shop.   read more...
Miseno II Pizzeria & Italian  ::   ::  Created on Friday, November 9, 2018
Miseno II Pizzeria & Italian
598 W High St, Carlisle, PA 17013

-Another GREAT pizza place near the Carlisle, PA Airport.

-Easy driving distance with a ride from the airport - 10 minutes and right in the heart of a college campus, Dickenson College - and this is where many of the athletic teams come for snacks or after-game celebrations, but never too crowded.

-The pizza is incredible - really good and this town has a lot of good pizza.

-The pastas and other dishes are superb as well - can't miss here!

-Good prices and service - all in all a good deal if you are not sure exactly what you want. When you walk in and smell the food, you will want something fast!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight
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MISSION BBQ  ::   ::  Created on Friday, November 9, 2018
MISSION BBQ
5045 Jonestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112

-Outstanding REAL BBQ of all types! The meat and sauces are incredible!

-Military/patriotic themed place - very interesting and inspiring to eat here!

-Take the courtesy car or cab from the airport - probably about a 15 min drive or so - well worth it!

-I had the beef brisket that was so soft you could cut it with a fork....delicious! I had trouble deciding which sauce to use, so I had a little of all of them - and all were great.

-Prices were good - I will be BACK.

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight  read more...
The Runway Bar And Grill  ::   ::  Created on Friday, November 9, 2018
The Runway Bar And Grill
115 Old York Rd, New Cumberland, PA 17070

-Right off the end of the departure end of runway 26, this is a classic PA non-chain restaurant that serves a pretty wide menu of lunch and dinner items.

-Courtesy Car available OR you can walk about a half a mile - but driving is much easier from the FBO.

-I had the seafood soup which was tremendous, followed by the CRAB CAKE sandwich, which was also superb.

-Full bar if you can drink. Prices were fair and service was very good.

-If you are looking for a good stop-over place for lunch or dinner, this is it. You can also plan a group fly-out to this place as it is big enough to accomodate a crowd of pilots.

-Recommended!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight
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Hangar 6 Air Cafe  ::   ::  Created on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Hangar 6 Air Cafe is located on the East side of Garner Field Airport (KUVA), next to Uvalde Flight Center 249 Airport Blvd Uvalde, TX 78801   read more...
My Brother's Pizza of Gettysburg, PA  ::   ::  Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
MY BROTHER'S PIZZA
1685 Fairfield Rd # A, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 339-0599

Land at the magnificent turf field of Marsh Creek, 8PN9 and walk 1.3 miles to the east to find terrific pizza, subs, pasta and traditional Italian dishes that are out of this world good!

We went in with a 3-ship formation and were treated like royalty - excellent food, service and prices!

This is a great place to eat while flying into the Gettysburg area and touring the many monuments, museums and the historic battlefield.

Worth a journey to take it all in!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight
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Parlin Field  ::   ::  Created on Monday, September 17, 2018
Two onsite campsites at the woodbine across from the center taxiway. Loaner bikes available to explore the area, and fishing in the river running along the edge of the airfield, near the campsites (be sure to get a license from the state for fishing).  read more...
Vickey's Diner of York, PA  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, August 5, 2018
Vickey's Diner
Near YORK, PA Airport (KTHV)
4320 W Market St, York, PA 17408

Land at York and take the courtesy car EAST to Vickey's Diner - under new management, and WOW, the food, service and prices are terrific!

This is an OLD TIME diner that is fun to visit - something you see all over the North East. Nice seating and everything was CLEAN. Wait staff was excellent and funny.

Portions were typical of PA -- enormous! Could barely finish one pancake!

Nice fly-away breakfast location!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight  read more...
KHTO Just Plane Fun Day  ::   ::  Created on Saturday, August 4, 2018
Vintage and exotic aircraft and cars, warbird flyby, food, family activities.  read more...
The Rusty Nail at the Beach Shack, Cape May, NJ  ::   ::  Created on Friday, July 27, 2018
The Rusty Nail is a GREAT place to eat right on the beach in Cape May, NJ!

Visited here by flying in with my daughter and ordering the CRAB CAKE sandwich! Awesome!

Fly into KWWD Airport and take an UBER or cab to the shore - once there the entire town and beach is within easy walking distance.

Great views, service and food - this is a place to start seeing Cape May!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight

Background:

Welcome to the Rusty Nail
“The Nail,” as it’s known by the locals, is the famed iconic surfer bar and restaurant that made a name for itself in the ‘70s. It's right here at the Beach Shack, just steps away from your room. Back in the day lifeguards, surfers and beautiful beach bunnies gathered around the wood bar that was rumored to be the longest in all of Cape May. Now it’s your turn to join in the fun for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Now that the Beach Shack is open from May-December, so is The Nail, with the same great live entertainment and classic seaside menu. In the summer gather around the fire pit for a cold drink. When the weather starts to cool down, come on in and sit by the new indoor fireplace. Kids’ meals are served on a souvenir Beach Shack Frisbee, giving you a fun after-dinner activity. Indoor spaces spill into outdoor seating, sand bar, fire pit and shuffleboard. Young, old and even four-legged friends are invited in from the beach for live entertainment and Rusty Nail’s beach blanket comfort food that can also be wrapped to go. The Rusty Nail was named one of Zagat's 10 Hottest Restaurants on the Jersey Shore, 2014.
Hours:
Open Daily
Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Lunch: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Bar: Open until midnight  read more...
8th Annual LL22 Brookeridge Fly/Drive-In Sat. Sept 8th  ::   ::  Created on Thursday, July 19, 2018
8th Annual LL22 Brookeridge Fly/Drive-In, Saturday Sept. 8, 2018 10 AM – 3 PM Rusty Pilots Seminar presented by AOPA. Free Admission, large display of airplanes, food, music and open houses. Fly-in and receive two free lunches. GPS address: 760 86th Street, Downers Grove, IL. Information at www.LL22.org and link to register for Rusty Pilots Seminar   read more...
Jeff Kuss, USMC Blue Angel Pilot Memorial  ::   ::  Created on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, a member of the Navy Blue Angels Team, lost his life when his plane crashed June 2, 2016 during a practice session for the Great Tennessee Airshow in Smyrna, Tennessee.  The memorial is adjacent to the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport, Smyrna, TN(KMQY).
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Grotto Pizza of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, June 17, 2018
Grotto Pizza of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware....is everywhere in this area!

Fly in to friendly KGED (paved) or DE25 (turf) and get a rental for the day, weekend, or week here in Rehoboth - it is a superb place for beaches, fishing, hiking, biking, and trying seafood! However, we HAVE to try the pizza everywhere and this was really good!

Highly recommended - take a long walk on the boardwalk and then treat yourself to Grotto Pizza!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight



Background of Grotto Pizza:

Grotto Pizza Founded in 1960.

Dominick Pulieri was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Italian-immigrant parents. After high school, Dominick enrolled in Kings College in Wilkes-Barre and graduated as a pre-med major with a Bachelors Degree in Biology in 1964. In addition to founding Grotto Pizza, Dominick taught biology, general science and chemistry in the Smyrna Special School District from 1965 to 1970.
From an early age, Dominick was making pizzas in his brother-in-law, Joseph Paglianite’s pizza restaurant in Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania. It was at Joe’s Pizza that Dominick’s passion for pizza was ignited.

In 1960, Dominick, along with his brother-in-law, Joe and sister, Mary Jean Paglianite, ventured to Delaware to open a pizza restaurant. This was the birth of Grotto Pizza. During this first summer, pizza slices sold for 20 cents each and a whole pizza was $1.60. The challenge, however, was to introduce pizza in an area where it was not recognized.

To create a market for his pizza, Dominick and his sister spent long hours talking to people and handing free samples to the people who passed by his restaurant. In July of that summer, he noticed he was starting to get many repeat guests and it was the local Sussex County guests, and later the tourists, who put Grotto Pizza on the map.

In the years that followed, Grotto Pizza has continued to grow and prosper. In 1963, Grotto Pizza opened a second location on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. In 1967, the original Rehoboth Avenue take-out stand moved to its present location in the “Arcade Building.”

Still a pizza-only enterprise, Grotto Pizza continued as a seasonal business from May through October. Customers would take pizzas home at the end of each summer and freeze them in order to have the taste of Grotto Pizza through the winter. In 1974, Dominick opened Grotto Pizza as a year-round restaurant to meet the demands of his loyal guests.

From these humble beginnings, Grotto Pizza has grown throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Although Grotto Pizza has expanded beyond the small take-out stand, the company continues to adhere to its core values of excellent food, friendly guest service and community service.

Grotto Pizza thanks its loyal guests for making it a legend in Delaware and beyond for over half a century!  read more...
Crabby Dick's Seafood House  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, June 17, 2018
Crabby Dick's Seafood Restaurant of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

18831 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

(302) 645-9132

Fly into friendly KGED (paved) or DE25 (turf) and secure a ride to the Rehoboth area for fantastic seafood, beaches, hiking, biking and a lot of great family fun!

Crabby Dick's is a magnificent seafood place and a lot of fun for mature (PG-13) audiences. Some of the things they have on the menu are suggestive and somewhat corny and fun.

The food and service is outstanding - some of the best crab cakes around!

Worth the journey!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight

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2018 Fathers Day Fly In  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, May 27, 2018
Camping onfield. Food Tents all day.  read more...
American Automobile Club of America Museum  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, May 20, 2018
Land at friendly 58N, Reigle Field (family owned - low priced fuel) and catch a quick ride up to the AACA Museum - you will be absolutely impressed with this world-class auto museum - it is nothing short of spectacular! I visited yesterday, 19 May 2018 with my family and it was terrific! If you enjoy cars or restoration, this is the place to see. The quality of the refurbishment of the old cars, with many fantastic displays of American Auto Culture, are here to see - amazing!

Open Daily
9:00am - 5:00pm

AACA Museum, Inc.
161 Museum Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: 717.566.7100
Fax: 717.566.7300

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight

Background and History....


The AACA Museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of motor vehicle history in a manner that provides for the education and entertainment of our guests.
Our goal is to deliver a world class automotive experience through innovative and interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages and illustrate the historical evolution and potential future impacts of one of the most culturally defining innovations of modern times.

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) originated the concept of a collector-oriented automotive museum as a complement to its Research Center and Library. A decision to move forward on implementing the project led to the incorporation of the AACA Museum in 1993. Like the Library, the AACA Museum was established as a nonprofit educational institution under section 501(c)(3) of the Revised IRS code. This status made donations to these entities tax deductible. The Museum’s offices and small storage and display area were housed at the Club’s headquarters on Governor Road in Hershey, PA.

In 1993, following feasibility and planning studies, the Museum launched a $12 million Capital Campaign to build a dedicated museum facility. By the time of the ground-breaking for the 71,000 square foot building in October, 2001, seven million dollars had been received or pledged. The initial concept of a collector’s museum had also expanded to encompass a broader interpretive charge that focused on presenting America’s automotive heritage to a general audience. The new Museum opened to the public on June 26, 2003.

Today’s AACA Museum is professionally staffed, collecting institution presenting semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions. Exhibitions are supported by educational programs for school and community audiences. It sponsors workshops and other activities designed to raise public awareness and appreciation of the role that the automobile has played in shaping 20th century America. The AACA museum celebrates the role of the collector in preserving and making accessible a material record of this phenomenon. It is also unique in that virtually all the cars on display have been opened or donated by AACA members.

In addition, the AACA Museum houses the Museum of Bus Transportation Collection. A floor full of buses and more than 30 motorcycles, motorbikes and Cushman complement the 100 cars on display. The museum have over 20,000 sq. ft. in additional storage so vehicles can be rotated on a regular basis. Several times a year the displays change with loaned vehicles that fit special displays that range from horseless carriages to the muscle car era. The AACA Museum has been recognized by the Smithsonian as an Affiliate Museum which is an extremely rare honor. The AACA Museum has also been recognized as one of the Top 16 Automotive Museums in the world which is a great honor for this fledgling organization.  read more...
Arena's Deli and Bar at the KGED Airport  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, May 13, 2018
Arena's Deli and Bar at the KGED Airport

This is one of the nicest places with local seafood you will find at any airport on the Eastern Shore!

Right on the ramp - perfect for a fly-in lunch or dinner, and sometimes breakfast buffet!

I had the crab cakes - delicious!

Hours
Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Monday-Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am – MIDNIGHT
Phone
302.856.3297
Address
21553 Rudder Lane
Georgetown, DE

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight  read more...
Tangier Island Airport (KTGI)  ::   ::  Created on Saturday, May 12, 2018
KTGI - Tangier Island - an experience just to land here!

This is a TRUE ISLAND getaway destination for small planes!

Land at KTGI and take a stroll back in time! This is a historic and scenic island, and has terrific seafood! Plan on a full day or weekend to really experience the culture and sites of this 400 year old community!

See other posts on this location for places to see and things to do...

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight


Tangier Island History
In the summer of 1608 John Smith started out on an exploration trip of the
Chesapeake Bay. He traveled from Cape Charles and went up the bay to the
Potomac River and went up as far as present day Washington D. C. and back
down to Jamestown. It was actually two trips for at one point he was very badly
hurt by a stingray and had to return to Jamestown to be treated. It was during
these two voyages, while looking for fresh water that he came across a group of
islands in the middle of the bay. He named them the "Russell Isles," for a Doctor
Russell who was then on board ship with him.
This group is today what is known as Smiths, Tangier and Watts Islands.
Tangier Island is about 6 miles below the Maryland-Virginia State line and at one
point all the islands below the state line were known as the "Tangier Islands" in
Virginia’s records. These, among others, included Shanks, Old Walnut Island,
Piney Island, Queen’s Ridge, Horse Hummock, South Point, and Hog Neck. The
latter three being attached to the lower part of Smith’s Island in Maryland. The
"s" was probably lost sometime after 1880 when erosion took its toll on these
islands and the inhabitants moved to Crisfield MD, Onancock Va or Tangier
Island itself. At that time what we now know as Tangier Island consisted of six
ridges or long narrow areas of land rising slightly above the marsh of which
three are inhabited today. Main Ridge is today the center of town. The old
church was in the same location as the present one on the northern end of this
ridge and the land south of it was called "The Field." At one time it was planted
with corn. Canton is the ridge just to the east of Main Ridge and is connected by
a bridge. It was on this ridge the first settlement was made and for a while was
more populated that Main Ridge. It is generally believed that the homes of the
early fishermen were here while the other ridges were used for farming. West
Ridge is about a mile long. In recent times a sea wall was erected and it has a
small airport or airpark on it.
Oyster Creek Ridge or what remains of this has long been abandoned. Joshua
Thomas’ son, John ran the first store on the island here. Canaan or "The
Up’ards" is about a mile and a half above the others and although at one time it
was connected to Main Ridge by a roadway it became unreachable by land
around 1923 and has not been inhabited since 1928. East Point Ridge was a
very small ridge to the northeast of Canton. It was abandoned in approximately
1905, shortly after the houses on it burned.
In 1670 Ambrose White received a patent for 400 acres called an Island in the
Chesapeake Bay. the next year White assigned his patent to Charles and John
West. In 1673 William Walton was granted 400 acres on the western island which
was formerly patented by White. There is a similar entry in the patent book three
years later but Scarburgh and West were the recipients instead of Walton and in
1678 a formal patent was issued to both of them. Charles Scarburgh left his
interest to his wife Elizabeth in 1702 and John West’s interest went to his eldest
son a year later. In 1713 two patents were granted to Elizabeth Scarburgh and
Anthony West for Tangier Islands. One was for 900 acres which included the
original 400 acres and 500 acres more found within its bounds. The other grant
was for 170 acres of new land south of Tangier called "Sandy Beach Island"
which was probably the hook shaped part that is now attached to the main of
the island. This was the first time Tangier Islands was named in the records.
Although Elizabeth Scarburgh left her interest to her daughters, some how the
title went to her oldest son, Bennett. It then passed to Henry Scarburgh and then
to a Charles Scarburgh. In 1762 Charles Scarburgh confirmed an undeeded sale
of his half to Colonel Thomas Hall. The next year Hall sold this to William
Andrews as 475 acres.
Tradition states that Tangier was first settled by a John Crockett and his eight
sons in 1686, who had come to the island to tend cattle, but nothing has been
found to verify this. The first Crockett of record on Tangier was Joseph, the son
of Sampson and the grandson of John Tyler of Smith’s Island MD. It was this
Joseph who bought 475 acres of the Andrews land in 1778. It does not seem
likely that Joseph tended cattle at all for he was left a inheritance by his
grandfather John Tyler, was bound to his uncle Thomas Tyler to be a weaver
and learn his numbers, lived on Smith’s Island MD with his uncle until about
1744, was made constable of "Tangier Islands" in 1763 and was given all of
"South Point" by John Fish in his will of 4 April 1765. It was not likely that a man
of some means would be tending cattle. By 1799 the West part of the patent had
descended down to a John West who in this year left his interest to his son
Anthony, who was to complete an unrecorded deed for 100 acres to Joseph’s
son John and the remainder was to be sold. Joshua Thomas, who was raised
on Smith’s Island, living with his cousin David Tyler there and had married
Rachel Evans, the daughter of Richard, bought 75 acres of it.
The 1800 census of Accomack County showed that there were 79 people on the
"Tangier Islands," most of which were Crocketts or descendants of Crocketts.
Farming was their chief occupation. By 1880 the population was 589 and by
1900 there were 1064 inhabitants. The population increased slowly between
1800 and 1850, and then rapidly until 1900.
In 1805 an event happened that had a great impact on the life on Tangier, the
Chesapeake Bay and Joshua Thomas in general. The number of Methodist
followers had been growing since the close of the Revolutionary War and
Joshua Thomas was hired to carry some people to a Methodist camp meeting
on Pungoteague Creek. While there, he heard Lorenzo Dow, a very powerful
preacher speak and he along with others were converted. On arriving home he
arranged for a meeting to be called. And, so, the Methodist Church was
established on Tangier. The small Methodist society, led by Thomas until he
moved to Deal’s Island MD met in homes until 1835 when the first church was
built. A list of members in 1825 includes: Henry Crockett and Sally Crockett,
Priscilla Crockett, a widow, Zachariah and Polly Crockett, Daniel and Esther
Dise, Rhoda Parks, Babel and Nancy Paul, George and Leah Pruitt, John and
Elizabeth Thomas, and John and Anna Thomas. The church grew and
prospered and in 1856 the first Sunday school was established by Henry
Crockett and Kathryn Sturgis; children and adults attended.
The War of 1812 did not have much effect on Tangier Island until 1813 when the
British extended their excursions up the Chesapeake Bay. By March of that year
the British had traveled up the Bay for about 180 miles. shortly after, they arrived
on Tangier Island. They had set up a number of water wells on the beach and
built several houses. They threw up breastworks and mounted a cannon on the
south end of the island adjacent to Joshua Thomas’ camp meeting grove and
also had plans to erect a hospital when summer came. At one point, about 1200
British soldiers must have been on the island. In Summer of 1813, the British
disembarked for their attack on Baltimore from Tangier Island. The commanding
officer asked Joshua Thomas to speak before they left and his sermon warned
of defeat.
There have been four epidemics on Tangier. First, in 1866, came Asian cholera.
Along with this epidemic came a religious revival with repenting and praying
when the people started to die. Bodies were quickly buried, many of them in
their front yard and without stones, for there was as many as five adults dying at
a time. Both the Death Records of Accomack County and the dates on the
graves with stones show that the island was hardest hit in the month of October.
In the early 1870’s there was both tuberculosis and a measles epidemic and in
the 1880’s there was smallpox.
Besides sickness, the weather can be and was harsh at times. There have been
many tropical storms and hurricanes to hit the island. One such storm in 1821
"The September Gust" swept over the island leaving great destruction. The
winters can also be especially hard. Almost once a year the Bay freezes making
travel to the mainland impossible for a few days and at least once a century the
freeze is so great that people walked on the ice to get supplies. Today supplies
are flown in.
With the advent of the seafood market in the 1840’s the Chesapeake Bay
became alive with sailing ships that carried oysters and later crabs to major
cities such as Baltimore and New York. The people gradually stopped
harvesting the land and harvested the waters. With the coming of the railroad to
Crisfield MD, their water crop could be shipped farther and oystering and
crabbing became their main livelihood. Tangier Island today is a mixture of old
and new. The people still follow the water, and along with Smith’s Island MD,
other bayside communities, supply a great amount of the nation’s seafood. The
majority of the people still follow the Methodist Religion that Joshua Thomas
brought to the Island in 1805. And, today, like in 1800 the population is mainly
Crocketts and descendants of Crocketts.   read more...
Hilda Crockett's Cheasapeake House Restaurant and B+B  ::   ::  Created on Saturday, May 12, 2018
LAND at KTGI and walk to the Chesapeake House!

Just visited on 9 May 2018 and it was fantastic for crab cakes!
Everything on the beautiful island is within walking distance - this one is great for groups or overnight stays...highly recommended!

We have landed with a 12 ship formation of 40 folks and been able to eat here as a group!

Call ahead if possible!

Hilda Crockett's Chesapeake House
Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast
PO Box 232 - 16243 Main Street
Tangier Island, Virginia 23440
757 891 2331

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight


Tangier Island History
In the summer of 1608 John Smith started out on an exploration trip of the Chesapeake Bay. He traveled from Cape Charles and went up the bay to the Potomac River and went up as far as present day Washington D. C. and back down to Jamestown. It was actually two trips for at one point he was very badly hurt by a stingray and had to return to Jamestown to be treated. It was during these two voyages, while looking for fresh water that he came across a group of islands in the middle of the bay. He named them the "Russell Isles," for a Doctor Russell who was then on board ship with him.
This group is today what is known as Smiths, Tangier and Watts Islands. Tangier Island is about 6 miles below the Maryland-Virginia State line and at one point all the islands below the state line were known as the "Tangier Islands" in Virginia’s records. These, among others, included Shanks, Old Walnut Island, Piney Island, Queen’s Ridge, Horse Hummock, South Point, and Hog Neck. The latter three being attached to the lower part of Smith’s Island in Maryland. The "s" was probably lost sometime after 1880 when erosion took its toll on these islands and the inhabitants moved to Crisfield MD, Onancock Va or Tangier Island itself. At that time what we now know as Tangier Island consisted of six ridges or long narrow areas of land rising slightly above the marsh of which three are inhabited today. Main Ridge is today the center of town. The old church was in the same location as the present one on the northern end of this ridge and the land south of it was called "The Field." At one time it was planted with corn. Canton is the ridge just to the east of Main Ridge and is connected by a bridge. It was on this ridge the first settlement was made and for a while was more populated that Main Ridge. It is generally believed that the homes of the early fishermen were here while the other ridges were used for farming. West Ridge is about a mile long. In recent times a sea wall was erected and it has a small airport or airpark on it. Oyster Creek Ridge or what remains of this has long been abandoned. Joshua Thomas’ son, John ran the first store on the island here. Canaan or "The Up’ards" is about a mile and a half above the others and although at one time it was connected to Main Ridge by a roadway it became unreachable by land around 1923 and has not been inhabited since 1928. East Point Ridge was a very small ridge to the northeast of Canton. It was abandoned in approximately 1905, shortly after the houses on it burned. In 1670 Ambrose White received a patent for 400 acres called an Island in the Chesapeake Bay. the next year White assigned his patent to Charles and John West. In 1673 William Walton was granted 400 acres on the western island which was formerly patented by White. There is a similar entry in the patent book three years later but Scarburgh and West were the recipients instead of Walton and in 1678 a formal patent was issued to both of them. Charles Scarburgh left his interest to his wife Elizabeth in 1702 and John West’s interest went to his eldest son a year later. In 1713 two patents were granted to Elizabeth Scarburgh and Anthony West for Tangier Islands. One was for 900 acres which included the original 400 acres and 500 acres more found within its bounds. The other grant was for 170 acres of new land south of Tangier called "Sandy Beach Island" which was probably the hook shaped part that is now attached to the main of the island. This was the first time Tangier Islands was named in the records. AlthoughEElizabeth Scarburgh left her interest to her daughters, some how the title went to her oldest son, Bennett. It then passed to Henry Scarburgh and then to a Charles jScarburgh. In 1762 Charles Scarburgh confirmed an undeeded sale of his half to Colonel Thomas Hall. The next year Hall sold this to William Andrews as 475 acres. Tradition states that Tangier was first settled by a John Crockett and his eight sons in 1686, who had come to the island to tend cattle, but nothing has been found to verify this. The first Crockett of record on Tangier was Joseph, the son of Sampson and the grandson of John Tyler of Smith’s Island MD. It was this Joseph who bought 475 acres of the Andrews land in 1778. It does not seem likely that Joseph tended cattle at all for he was left a inheritance by his grandfather John Tyler, was bound to his uncle Thomas Tyler to be a weaver and learn his numbers, lived on Smith’s Island MD with his uncle until about 1744, was made constable of "Tangier Islands" in 1763 and was given all of "South Point" by John Fish in his will of 4 April 1765. It was not likely that a man of some means would be tending cattle. By 1799 the West part of the patent had descended down to a John West who in this year left his interest to his son Anthony, who was to complete an unrecorded deed for 100 acres to Joseph’s son John and the remainder was to be sold. Joshua Thomas, who was raised on Smith’s Island, living with his cousin David Tyler there and had married Rachel Evans, the daughter of Richard, bought 75 acres of it. The 1800 census of Accomack County showed that there were 79 people on the "Tangier Islands," most of which were Crocketts or descendants of Crocketts. Farming was their chief occupation. By 1880 the population was 589 and by 1900 there were 1064 inhabitants. The population increased slowly between 1800 and 1850, and then rapidly until 1900.
In 1805 an event happened that had a great impact on the life on Tangier, the Chesapeake Bay and Joshua Thomas in general. The number of Methodist followers had been growing since the close of the Revolutionary War and Joshua Thomas was hired to carry some people to a Methodist camp meeting on Pungoteague Creek. While there, he heard Lorenzo Dow, a very powerful preacher speak and he along with others were converted. On arriving home he arranged for a meeting to be called. And, so, the Methodist Church was established on Tangier. The small Methodist society, led by Thomas until he moved to Deal’s Island MD met in homes until 1835 when the first church was built. A list of members in 1825 includes: Henry Crockett and Sally Crockett, Priscilla Crockett, a widow, Zachariah and Polly Crockett, Daniel and Esther Dise, Rhoda Parks, Babel and Nancy Paul, George and Leah Pruitt, John and Elizabeth Thomas, and John and Anna Thomas. The church grew and prospered and in 1856 the first Sunday school was established by Henry Crockett and Kathryn Sturgis; children and adults attended. The War of 1812 did not have much effect on Tangier Island until 1813 when the British extended their excursions up the Chesapeake Bay. By March of that year the British had traveled up the Bay for about 180 miles. shortly after, they arrived on Tangier Island. They had set up a number of water wells on the beach and built several houses. They threw up breastworks and mounted a cannon on the south end of the island adjacent to Joshua Thomas’ camp meeting grove and also had plans to erect a hospital when summer came. At one point, about 1200 British soldiers must have been on the island. In Summer of 1813, the British disembarked for their attack on Baltimore from Tangier Island. The commanding officer asked Joshua Thomas to speak before they left and his sermon warned of defeat. There have been four epidemics on Tangier. First, in 1866, came Asian cholera. Along with this epidemic came a religious revival with repenting and praying when the people started to die. Bodies were quickly buried, many of them in their front yard and without stones, for there was as many as five adults dying at a time. Both the Death Records of Accomack County and the dates on the graves with stones show that the island was hardest hit in the month of October.
In the early 1870’s there was both tuberculosis and a measles epidemic and in the 1880’s there was smallpox. Besides sickness, the weather can be and was harsh at times. There have been many tropical storms and hurricanes to hit the island. One such storm in 1821 "The September Gust" swept over the island leaving great destruction. The winters can also be especially hard. Almost once a year the Bay freezes making travel to the mainland impossible for a few days and at least once a century the freeze is so great that people walked on the ice to get supplies. Today supplies are flown in. With the advent of the seafood market in the 1840’s the Chesapeake Bay became alive with sailing ships that carried oysters and later crabs to major cities such as Baltimore and New York. The people gradually stopped harvesting the land and harvested the waters. With the coming of the railroad to Crisfield MD, their water crop could be shipped farther and oystering and crabbing became their main livelihood. Tangier Island today is a mixture of old and new. The people still follow the water, and along with Smith’s Island MD and other bayside communities, supply a great amount of the nation’s seafood. The majority of the people still follow the Methodist Religion that Joshua Thomas brought to the Island in 1805. And, today, like in 1800 the population is mainly Crocketts and descendants of Crocketts.  read more...
2018 Mount Washington Regional Airport Fly-In, June 23-24  ::   ::  Created on Friday, May 11, 2018
Mount Washington Regional Airport (KHIE) is having its 3rd Annual Fly-In on Saturday and Sunday June 23 and 24, 2018. Come to the airport in the heart of the White Mountains that has been called the jewel of New Hampshire's North Country. Meet old pilot friends and make new ones from all across the Northeast. We have lots of ways for visiting pilots to win exciting and valuable prizes including our first Airport Poker Run, a flour bombing competition and more. There will be Biplane Rides, Helicopter Rides, UTV Fun Rides, static aircraft displays, RC Airplanes, an Antique Tractor Show, and a Classic Car Cruise-in. This is going to be an amazing event with fun for everyone in the family. Visit our Craft Fair and watch demonstrations by local craftspeople or go on a guided Nature Tour of nearby Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge. The kids will love playing in the bouncy-castle or taking a ride on a Model Train. Hungry? Don't miss the Lobster Dinner on Saturday night and the FREE Pancake Breakfast on Sunday Morning. Food vendors will be on site throughout both days. For complete details and to reserve your Lobster visit the airport website at http://www.mountwashingtonairport.com/events/. Follow the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mtwra. Haul out the plane and get up here! Admission is FREE and Avgas will be $0.75 off the regular price. Canned food donation requested for our local food pantry.   read more...
28th Land of Enchantment Fly-In (LOEFI)  ::   ::  Created on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
FLY IN, DRIVE IN! Bring the family! To the 28th annual Land of Enchantment Fly-In at Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG), Aug 25, 2018. Includes: STATIC DISPLAYS (distinctive aircraft, automobiles, military vehicles). WINGS SEMINARS. AWARDS for 'best of category' aircraft (owner-built, LSAs, vintage, contemporary, warbirds, sailplanes, and trikes), oldest aircraft, and fly-in from furthest away. EXHIBITS by New Mexico aviation organizations and vendors. FLY MART. Hands-on activities for kids. PANCAKE BREAKFAST and BURGER LUNCH. For more information visit www.eaa179.org/. Hosted by EAA Chapter 179.  read more...
Barbara Jean's, 214 Mallory Ave. St. Simmons Isl, BA  ::   ::  Created on Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Barbara Jean's is down in the Pier area of St. Simmons, not too far from the airport. We stopped just because we were hungry, but will make a point to come back. This is seriously good food, about anything you can think of, they have. Order modestly because portions are huge. Barbara Jean's husband, Jim, is a retired Marine fighter pilot, but he is still on duty at the restaurant greeting and seating folks, at least when Barbara Jean herself doesn't beat him to it! Believe me this is a real treat, and a destination in itself.  read more...
Katara's Crosswinds Cafe  ::   ::  Created on Friday, March 9, 2018
Upstairs in the new Terminal Building near taxiway E2. FANTASTIC food. Great views of the runway and the C-5s doing landings. Awesome BBQ. Definitely above average airport fare. Highly recommended. Also, the terminal has a nice mini-museum displaying the history of the airport. Give yourself an extra 1/2hr for that. ;-)  read more...
Empire State Aerosciences Museum  ::   ::  Created on Friday, February 23, 2018
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is a one-of-a-kind cultural resource located at Schenectady County Airport in the Town of Glenville, NY, at the site of the former General Electric Flight Test Center. Dedicated to interpreting aviation, particularly as related to New York State, the Museum offers visitors a variety of enjoyable and educational experiences, including interpretive exhibits, a spectacular collection of restored aircraft, the state's largest aviation library, as well as education programs.  read more...
Mom & Dad  ::   ::  Created on Saturday, January 27, 2018
This would be a trip to see Mom & Dad.  read more...
Trigger Gap  ::   ::  Created on Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Trigger Gap is the latest project of the RAF, which incidentally is a great group to support. Trigger Gap is a newly constructed grass strip on top of Pension Mountain about 3 miles southeast of Berryville Arkansas. This is a very nice strip in great condition, long,smooth, with very little obstructions.Great spot to camp for a couple or more days. Berryville 4M1 is a nice friendly place for fuel and courtesy car to pick up supplies or a quick trip to Eureka Springs an old touristy town. You can make a nice few days in this area, lots to do in a beautiful part of the mid west.  read more...
Forestiere Underground Gardens  ::   ::  Created on Monday, December 11, 2017
In the early 1900s, Sicilian immigrant, citrus grower and visionary Baldassare Forestiere began turning what was useless farmland into a vast network of rooms, tunnels and courtyards as a subterranean escape from the sweltering Central Valley summer heat. Using only shovels, picks and other hand tools, Baldassare was inspired to excavate for forty years, going as deep as 25 feet underground and spanning over 10 acres. He grew fruit trees and grapevines underground - many of which are still thriving today! Today, guests from around the world tour through his grottoes, passageways and underground homes. Although he never officially opened the Mediterranean resort of his dreams, we think Baldassare would be thrilled by all of the guests marveling at his life's work today and finding inspiration underground.   read more...
2018 Annual New Year's Fly-Out to Smoketown  ::   ::  Created on Saturday, December 9, 2017
1 Jan 2018: The Annual New Year's Day Fly-Out to Smoketown, PA (9th Year) -For a pilot, there is no better way to start the New Year than by FLYING and breaking open the logbook on New Year's Day! -Come join us for our annual NEW YEAR's Day Flight to Smoketown, PA, S37, a fantastic, friendly and fun little airport in Amish Country of Central PA! Cheap fuel available. -Land and then a short walk over to Joni's Place! -Land S37 between 1:30 and 1:50. Meet at the FBO for a group photo, and then all walk together over to Joni's Place (5 min walk, nearly connected to the airport) -Late Lunch with your pilot buddies, old and new, at 2:00pm! Cash helps Joni, but all forms of payment taken. http://www.jonisplace.net/ The lunch will take about an hour. -There will be a very short dedication to two beloved aviators who "Flew West" in 2017 due to old age, Jerry Rosie and John Shreve, both of who contributed to this site with posts and sponsoring fly-ins at airport 62PA, Shreveport North. -MUST be day VMC to go, pilot's call. Winds must be reasonable for light aircraft. No RSVP - just show and go! Looking for 5000 foot ceiling, 7 miles vis and winds less than 10 knots. -Last year we had 50+ pilots meet, so this is a growing event. The variety of aircraft was something to behold. What a great winter fly - out! -Weather back up date is 1 Jan 2019! -Please joint us. Mike Marra, Keystone Flight of Central PA  read more...
Jet Away Cafe  ::   ::  Created on Monday, November 20, 2017
Jet Away Cafe is on the upper floor on the Millionaire FBO, open week days. The view is great and the food is good. Best of all, FBO customers get a coupon so one in the party eats for $1, Daily specials and a selection of sandwich baskets. Great destination.  read more...
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub - USA's Largest Hamburgers!  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, November 19, 2017
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub
Land at Clearfield-Lawrence Airport, PA

Short 3.4 mile drive, cab or walk to this amazing pub!

Largest burgers around!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight


There are countless diners, beaneries, and fast-food franchises in this country where a meal will add an inch or two to your waistline. But the idea of a restaurant whose everyday menu is designed to overwhelm you -- where a meal can be just TOO MUCH -- seems impossible in our double-stuffed land of casual fit superabundance. To operate continuously at a gastro-bypass level takes, for lack of a better word, guts.

Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, "Home of the World's Largest Burgers," is that kind of place.
No giant burger billboards announce its presence, which is far from everything in rural Pennsylvania. Even on the inside, it seems like a typical, dimly lit suds and burger joint with lots of neon beer signs and TV screens filled with sports. But hung on one wall are glass-fronted bulletin boards, packed with Polaroids of mostly young men, each with a giant hamburger before them. On the border of each photo is written the word "FINISHED" or "NO." Most of them have the word "NO."

"I think it's the enormity; it breaks your spirit," says Denny Liegey of his often-unconquered meat creations. For years Denny served one-half and one-pound hamburgers at the Pub, and then, around 1990 as he recalls, he began creating bigger burgers and selling them as a dare: "If you can eat it, we'll pay for it." The meat increased in weight to two pounds, then three. Then in 1998 Denny introduced "Ye Olde 96er," which is nine pounds altogether, six of it beef. Guinness calls it the "largest hamburger commercially available," and their certificate hangs prominently in the dining room. Competitive eaters have another name for it: "the Holy Grail of the burger world."

"As far as consumption goes, that's pretty close to what a human being can do without harming themselves," Denny says of Ye Olde 96er. Only one person has ever eaten it within the Pub's three-hour time limit, and that was "a little, skinny college girl from Princeton," according to Denny, who just showed up one night, evidently with an appetite. "It stunned the competitive eating world," Denny recalled. "They said, 'You ate the Holy Grail!' And I later heard that her mom was mad at her."

Denny gives us a tour of the kitchen to show how his burger behemoths are made. Special pans had to be developed to preserve the meat's circular shape, and Denny has a contract with a local bakery for his custom-sized buns. The burgers are baked, mostly, at low heat, so that consuming one is like eating a meat loaf. Denny's biggest burger ever -- a 123-pounder that blew away the old world record of 78.5 pounds -- took nine hours to cook. "You can't put a burger on a grill for that many hours; it would be charred," says waitress Stephanie, who obviously has first-hand knowledge of the process.

Not content to rest on his laurels, Denny now promotes the "Belly Buster," a two-person, 15-pound burger made of 11 pounds of meat plus the fixins. We ordered one for ourselves (the big burgers need several hours advance notice), but when Stephanie brought out the foot-high creation, embellished with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, and oozing mayo and cheese, we knew that we were way out of our league. "No one has ever been able to eat it," Denny said*. He remembered that a Japanese sumo wrestler had arrived one night -- Denny's is a world bulk-eating pilgrimage site -- and ate half a Belly Buster in only an hour. "Then he just stopped," Denny recalled. "He looked at it for a while, but he never took another bite."

We drove around with ours, uneaten in the back seat, for a day. The Big Mac Museum wouldn't let us carry it inside, so we took it to an after-dark rendezvous with a similarly shaped flying saucer in a town named Mars. The next day, the giant bun made good eats for the crazed carp at the Linesville Spillway.

Despite his success at pushing the digestive envelope of others, Denny is himself a confessed failure at eating his own creations -- even the comparatively puny two-pound "Pub Challenger" is too much for him. He's happy to stay on the serving side of the dinner table, where he and his crack crew challenge all whose egos are often bigger than their stomachs. "We're real good friends with the local EMTs," Denny says, jokingly, although more than a few Beer Barrel Pub customers probably wouldn't mind going out after one last mouthful, and getting a "FINISHED" next to their snapshot.  read more...
Tallest Smokestack in the U.S.  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, November 19, 2017
Homer City, Pennsylvania: Tallest Smokestack in the U.S.

I saw this while flying into Indiana, PA Airport (Jimmy Stewart Airport). It is amazing! The steam was so powerful and so high, it created its' own little weather system!

If in the area, you simply cannot miss seeing this - it is huge! Worth a look if flying around the Pittsburgh area or going to Jimmy Stewart, which is a really nice and friendly airport with a courtesy car to go to a thriving downtown area.

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight

Background:

The stack is 1,217 feet tall. Fortunately it's so big that you can take pictures of it from far away; the power plant that it belongs to gets nervous if you get too close.

Homer City Generating Station
Address:

1750 Power Plant Rd, Homer City, PA

Directions:
At the Homer City Generating Station. Drive south of town on US 119 around 2.5 miles, then turn west onto Power Plant Rd.
Hours:
Private property visible from road.

The Homer City Power Plant boasts the largest smoke stack in the United States. Even though it is only the 3rd largest in the world at 1,217 ft., it is very impressive. You can go right into the power plant (at least, I did) and say, that sure is a big stack. Anyone who likes big things should visit the quiet and strange town of Homer City.  read more...
Gettysburg Museum of History  ::   ::  Created on Sunday, November 19, 2017
Offbeat and Eclectic Gettysburg Museum of History.

Fly into W05 and take the free shuttle or cab or ride from the airport - this is about 2.3 miles away.

219 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325

While there, make a day or weekend of it as there is PLENTY to see, do and eat!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight

Background:

It's called the Gettysburg Museum of History, but that doesn't mean it offers only rusty guns and Civil War bullets.

Erik Dorr holds a scrap of Hitler's Suicide Couch. Stain at the bottom is Hitler's blood.

"Some people ask, 'Why do you have all this Nazi stuff? What the hell's JFK's boxer shorts doing in here?' said museum owner and curator Erik Dorr. "They just don't get it."

Erik started collecting when he was nine. He eventually became a professional antiquities dealer and opened his museum in 2008. Its 4,000 artifacts -- just a fraction of Erik's collection -- span U.S. and world history, and fills the first floor of his Gettysburg townhouse. The museum is free to the public because Erik wants to share his collection with as many people as possible, even if some of them don't understand why it's in Gettysburg.

Marilyn's bra is displayed in the Kennedy room near JFK's boxer shorts.

Take, for example, Erik's x-ray of Hitler's head. "The U.S. Army got it from his dentist," Erik said. "They made a file of his medical records, just trying to figure out what was wrong with Hitler." The x-ray is displayed next to Eva Braun's hand-embroidered lingerie and a fabric scrap from the couch where Der Fuehrer killed himself, stained with Hitler's blood. "We paid a fortune for that," Erik said. "But I told myself, 'You know what? I'm not gonna find another one.'"

World War I trophy skull. Photo next to it shows the British soldiers who acquired the keepsake.
Two questions naturally come to mind. Are these things fake? And if they aren't, why aren't they in some mega-official museum in Washington, DC?

Erik, a stickler for documentation, said that everything in his museum is real, although visitors sometimes insist that Hitler didn't commit suicide and escaped to Argentina. As for why it's all here, Erik had a practical explanation. "It can't all be in the National Archives or the Smithsonian," he said. "And unless it's really earth-shattering, it's just gonna get filed away. People who have amazing things come to us because they know those things will be displayed."

From Baghdad to Hiroshima, a snapshot of catastrophic human history.

Erik took me on a whirlwind tour of the rooms in his museum: we saw trophy skulls from World Wars I and II; Jennie Wade's love letters; a piece of George Washington's coffin; slivers of the crucifixion cross of Jesus; President Grant's cigar; Saddam Hussein's dinnerware. For Gettysburg purists, Erik has an extensive collection of battlefield relics. "Here's a rifle that blew up in a guy's face; here's a bullet that shot off a solider's arm; here are some bones with bullets in them," Erik said. "We have wood with bullets, too, but those aren't as cool."

For us, Erik's collecting skills shine brightest in his John F. Kennedy room, where visitors can see JFK's unexpected boxer shorts near Marilyn Monroe's bra and a hand-written prescription for one of the drugs that killed her. Erik showed us one of Kennedy's well-used rocking chairs, a piece of bloody leather from his assassination limousine, and a packet of dirt saved by Kennedy's gravedigger. One of the boxes that Lee Harvey Oswald stacked at the School Book Depository is displayed with the fire sprinkler that was over his head when he shot the President.

Visitors to the museum are often surprised by what they find within.

Erik also has the spent shell from the bullet that killed Oswald. "That's the shot," Erik said, still awed by his proximity to history. "It should be in the Dallas Police archives, but they gave it away!"

The Gettysburg Museum of History is filled with surprising things you never knew existed and never imagined you'd see in public. Erik said that he hopes to move his collection into a more modern museum space some day, but we secretly hope that he doesn't; it's far more satisfying where it is, like an overstuffed attic or closet, rewarding visitors with weird treasures everywhere they look.

"We're trying to break out into the real world," Erik told me, "but I guess maybe we never will. We are the punk rock of history museums."

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The diner at Southbridge Airport has once again re-opened and will be open all winter too !
The hours are Tuesday thru Sunday, 7:00 - 2:00 but they are open Thursday and Friday until 8:00pm for dinner.
Diner type service like it use to be,
Friday's seafood is excellent !!

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