Fun footage and news from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!
Thanks to Paul H for sending along!
"The following is a very rare piece of film, 100 years old. It shows Baron Von Richthofen, doing an external prior to a mission, as well as his putting on a flying suit prior to flight in cold weather (if you look close you will notice Hermann Goering).
The Baron was shot down on 21 April 1918 by Roy Brown of the Royal Navy Air Services, a prelude of the R.A.F. The Aussies also claim that one of their machine gunners on the ground shot the Baron down. UK & Aussie Doctors, after the autopsy stated that the fatal bullet was shot from above.
The author of this has been very involved as a Director of the Roy Brown Museum in Carleton Place, the home town of Roy. Many letters have been written over the past 3-4 years and finally Roy Brown was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame on 4 June 2015.
And to think this film is almost 100 years old!
If you are interested in history or aviation, you cannot miss this footage. It was just posted on line, and I've never seen anything like it. It's from 1917, and it's an up-close and personal look at the most legendary combat pilot who ever lived, the infamous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Watch the extremely rare, extremely old footage and re-live history. ULTRA-RARE footage of the most famous fighter pilot ever."
Yesterday, Cat Herder and Collin had the chance to visit Kris and Ernie in California, and tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Whatever your political persuasion on this presidential inauguration day, you have to admit it's kind of fun to imagine the possibility of a Salmon-Fay administration!
...all that Parkwest has brought to our lives. Years ago, at the conclusion of a Southwest Safari tour, a Florida customer said to me, "Marisa, whenever people ask you what you do for a living, you must tell them one thing: you are a Memory Maker."
And I know he was right because not only did I work hard to make lasting memories for our customers, I ended up making tons of them, happy ones, for myself as well. I realize that so much of mine and Collin's collective consciousness of the past 18 years involves Parkwest Air Tours--the flights, the friends, the memories...
So it is with great sadness that we lose a member of the Parkwest family, as we did this week with Carolyn Scott. I offer a few photos with Carolyn from the various tours that she and Garney have flown with us throughout the years.
We missed the family festivities, but we finally made it to Colorado yesterday, in between snowstorms in the Inland Northwest. Here's a selfie taken from the cockpit of the Centurion, somewhere over Idaho. As one friend duly noted, Luna's caption might be: IS ANYONE FLYING THIS THING?
Some fun things to check out:
I just want to say felicidades to Roberto and his team, who have dedicated much time and many brain cells in order to research, engineer and painstakingly accomplish this incredible work.
To learn more or follow their progress more closely, you can Google or search Facebook for Proyecto Potez 25 or Proyecto Pettirossi.
The planes behaved, the pilots behaved, and the weather behaved--a recipe for success.
Truly, it was a great tour and, in the opinion of some, the best EVER. Admittedly, Parkwest hit a home run with the last flight and destination of Bluff, Utah. So much beauty to see and explore in that country. Hoping the Comb Ridge Bistro will welcome us back after taking over on the night of our Farewell Dinner, but it's questionable!
Thanks for a great trip, everyone!
After a super smooth and gorgeous flight over the Grand Canyon, we've arrived at our final destination: beautiful Bluff, Utah! For anyone who flew the American Outback with us, you will remember this picturesque hamlet along the banks of the San Juan River. For this visit, we've rented out a fleet of Jeeps to do some touring around this beautiful red rock country. Today's adventure will include a drive across the Valley of the Gods, up the Moki Dugway, over to Natural Bridges National Monument, and back to our lovely abode at Desert Rose Inn. Yesterday's Jeep primer was a lot of fun and all drivers, passengers, and vehicles returned intact.
Cat Herder (aka Marisa) has been guiding pilot tours in the American West for over a sixteen years. Keep tabs on your Parkwest pilot friends, National Park news and other tidbits here!