On May 16th 2017 at 1030 we were rolling down runway 22 departing our home base Luray headed for Lewisburg WVA…. the beginning of another Angel Flight to pick up our cute little passenger for the day, Kathryn and her mom Jessie. As we were on the way to Lewisburg they were in flight from their home in Tupelo MS with Angel Flight Pilot Philip Bentley, heading also to Lewisburg WVA. Philip had originally been set up as leg number one of a three leg flight (our leg being the last that would take them to their destination, Baltimore MD)…… but due to pilot number two having an instrument failure, Philip agreed to do both legs ! We arrived early at Lewisburg so that we could enjoy one of our favorite Reuben’s from the Dutch Haus Restaurant, which used to be right at the airport but is now down the road about 3 miles, so we used the airports courtesy car and off we went…… and the Reuben was Great !
As we arrived back to the airport, Philip had just landed with Kathryn and her mom. After having a warm greeting and giving Kathryn and her mom time to stretch their legs, we loaded up and departed for Baltimore MD (Which was a little over an hour and thirty minute flight)….. flight conditions at 7000 feet were quite choppy with some wave action so we requested and received 9000 feet which really ended up being not a whole lot better (mainly due to being over the mountains). Kathryn seemed not to mind it at all (as a matter of fact she fell asleep fairly early in the flight) and her mom, Jessie seemed to really enjoy the views. As we got into the Baltimore area ATC was really busy with traffic in and out of BWI but they handled us very well giving us a little tour of Inner Harbor going in. Once on the ground and in the FBO we took some pictures and gave our good byes (telling Kathryn and her mom that we would see them next week to begin their flight home) Before we headed back out to the airplane we enjoyed some nice cookies, complements of Signature FBO ! (BWI is on our list of Airports that have cookies !)
Once we boarded back up and received our clearance we departed runway 33L from BWI heading home. Total flight time for the day was 4.2 hours covering 525 nautical miles over 3 states. It was certainly a pleasure to have met little Kathryn and her mom Jessie…..it never ceases to amaze us how such young children can deal with such major problems but yet to look at their big smiles and the way they act you would never know it ! Boy what a lesson we could all learn from them (Kathryn is a 9 year old with spina bifida/OEIS c) …. we are already looking forward to seeing them again next week !
Following are some photos of the day….. hope you enjoy !
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