Show Low Eve . . .

Coffee and blueberry muffins started off this ‘Get Ready to Travel” day. Tomorrow we leave the Verde Valley for a few weeks in Show Low, AZ

I had a mental list of things that I wanted to get done, starting with reinstalling the air lifts that hold the cargo bay door open.

Then next I want to air up any tires that needed it, there’s where my problem started. Everything went smoothly until I tried to figure out why I wasn’t getting any reading on the tire pressure sensor on the driver’s side inside dual. I removed the sensor and tried to read the pressure on the valve extension with my gauge.

And got no reading whatsoever.

But since I’d had trouble with tire extensions several times before, I removed the extension and used a screwdriver to press the valve in and heard air, so I knew the tire wasn’t empty.

Now I needed a new extension, so I starting calling tire stores. Finally Big O Tires told me that Camelot RV Services stocked them. So off I went to town. It turns out the only ones they stocked that were long enough were the flexible ones, and not the normal rigid ones that I’d used before. So that’s what I got.

Getting back to the rig I installed the valve and got things working again.

My next chore was to finish cutting out the last of my RV Quick Shades to fit my windows.

By then it was about time to meet Nick and Terry, and Dennis and Carol Hill, owners of the RV Driving School, for one last dinner at our favorite local Mexican place, La Fonda.

After a great time at dinner, talking about RV’ing and traveling to Alaska, we finally said our goodbyes, and Jan and I drove over to Camp Verde to check out the Maverik Country Store to see if we can get in and out with our rig to fuel up tomorrow morning. And luckily it looks like we can.

So tomorrow morning, we’ll head out with Nick and Terry to make the 150 mile trip to Show Low.

More from Show Low tomorrow.

I’ve reposted our visit to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson last year.

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Thought for the Day:

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.

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Planes, planes, and more planes…

Originally posted on February 27, 2010

Our friends, Al and Adrienne, picked up as about 10am and we headed over to the Pima Air and Space Museum.

Arriving at the museum, we found that the landscaping followed some of the planes inside.

First we have the Fishhook Barrel Cactus.

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Next we have Saguaro Cactus.

SaguaroCactus


And then, of course, the Stealth Cactus!

StealthCactus

I guess you had to be there.

This is a BD-5J MicroJet, the world’s smallest jet plane. And it was a kit! BD5J


Another kit, Burt Rutan’s Long EZ.

LongEZ


The Starr Bumble Bee, the world’s smallest plane.

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The McCullough Super J-2 Gyrocopter

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The HoppiCopter. I’d really like one of these.

HoppiCopter


It’s a big leap to the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world.

SR71

The A-10 Warthog ground attack plane.

A10


A Beechcraft Bonanza. My uncle used to have one of these.

Bonanza

The Grumman F7F TigerCat.

F7FTigerCat


The B-52. This one is one of 2 configured to carry the X-15 aloft.

B52X15


This is the
Douglas MB-1 Genie air to air missile. And it contained a NUCLEAR! warhead. It was to be launched into the middle of Russian bomber formations and take them all out at once. Jan’s father used to work on these when he was in the Air Force. It’s amazing how small they can make an atomic bomb.

Genie


This is B-57 Canberra bomber. I used to work on these. I was amazed to find that it had BUICK! jet engines in it. Who knew Buick even made jet engines.

B57


The Convair B-58 Hustler, American’s first supersonic bomber.

B58

The Cessna T-37 jet trainer. I also used to work on these.

T37


The RA-5C Vigilante. In its original configuration as the the Navy A-5 bomber, it had a novel way of dropping its nuclear bomb load. It spit it out the tail! So many jokes, so little time.

RA-5C

NASA’s Super Guppy. It’s amazing that this thing could fly.

SuperGuppy

The Convair B-36 nuclear bomber. It had 10 engines, 6 prop engines and 4 jet engines!

B36

At this point we took a break and went down the road to a great little Mexican place called Poco and Mom’s. And the food was great. My Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas was the best I’ve ever had.

Coming back to the museum, we began touring some of the displays. This is the Altair 8800 computer, probably the first practical home computer. It was a kit and was my first computer.

Altair

This is a photograph of Grace Hopper’s logbook showing the first computer ‘bug’. It was a moth that got caught in a relay, and is the origin of the term ‘computer bug’. This was from the time when computers filled whole buildings.

FirstBug


This is a Grumman F-4U Corsair of ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep” fame.

F4U


This is a German V1 ‘Buzz Bomb”.

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The ‘Columbus’, a updated version of the Grumman J2F-2 Duck.Columbus


After a great time at the museum, we headed back to the park, passing Davis-Monthan AFB, America’s aircraft boneyard. Thousands of aircraft are mothballed here.

DavisMonthan


This satellite photo shows just a small portion of the planes stored there.

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On the way home, we stopped by Fry’s Supermarket to pick up some groceries. Fry’s is Kroger’s here in Arizona.

This is our last full day here in Tucson. Tomorrow we’re heading over to Gila Bend for a few days before moving on to Yuma.

More tomorrow…

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