On my way to Graham to register my Cherokee I saw rain on my windshield. Oh, no, I thought, but the clouds parted and rose above us all through the day. The event, organized by our president, Cathy, ran smoothly, and participants seemed to enjoy the day and the novelty of the event. After registering in Graham, we visited the Cartercopter at Robert Stark's hangar, and some of his rotor-craft. From there, we flew to Breckenridge where we visited the WWII plane museum. The exhibit is exquisite. From Breckenridge we flew to Possum Kingdom. John and I landed third, after H.-P., who participated in the event "just for fun." He is in the spirit! We watched as the other aircraft arrived and landed, with the two smaller Pipers arriving last and landing on the grass. That's always fun to watch. From Possum Kingdom we flew only a few miles back to Graham for some of Clayton's good BBQ.
At around nine o'clock this morning, several aircraft converged on Graham. Pat and Dave registered first for the poker run, arriving in their classic 1946 Piper Cub from Wichita Valley. Carolyn and Tom flew in their turbo Arrow, and Cathy Pierce, our chapter president and organizer of the run flew in on of their Tri Pacers. Other participants arrived in experimental aircraft, Cessna high wings, a Luscombe, among others. We had about eleven airplanes with passengers all playing their hand at poker. Cathy and John won first place, and Mary's students won second and third. The remaining proceeds of the entry fees will add to the chapter's student pilot scholarship. Kudos to our president, Cathy, for planning a smooth event.
Elizabeth Hawley serves as secretary and is past president of the Wichita Falls chapter of the 99s. She donated her Cherokee 180 to a non-profit aviation school, the GIFT, and now flies a Bonanza with her husband.