It’s A Plane, It’s A Boat… It’s The Cosmic Muffin

It’s A Plane, It’s A Boat… It’s The Cosmic Muffin

We just arrived at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for a volunteer stint and, after setting up the RV, took a short tour around to see if anything was new or different since we were here in April.  And indeed there was, immediately adjacent to the Florida Air Museum. This was just added and it’s a sight.  The fuselage of a Boeing 307 Stratoliner, purchased by Howard Hughes in July, 1939, was mated to the hull of a boat in the early 70s. Read more about the evolution of this peculiar hybrid here:...

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Kennedy Space Center – On The Road To Florida

Kennedy Space Center – On The Road To Florida

  Have you ever seen something that caught you by surprise but then realized that you actually did know about it but had just forgotten? Some might consider this a sign of age, but I prefer to think that I just need to have some more personal RAM installed… We arrived in Cocoa Beach on Saturday, found the RV park and got set up. Next was an excursion to Publix, my go-to place in Florida, to pick up a few things. The rest of the afternoon was partially spent lolling (I like that word) in the pool. The park was not at all crowded and we had the pool to ourselves. After nearly an hour, though, we could see approaching young children in the near distance and grabbed our shoes and towels and headed back to the RV. Not a fan of loud kids splashing everything...

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Not Just Aircraft To See

Not Just Aircraft To See

As Sun ‘n Fun gears up to start, aircraft enthusiasts and their campers are showing up and filling the campgrounds on the airport.  Cruising around recently, I spotted some unique non-aviation sights to see. 1950 Flxible (not a typo) Flyer bus, restored and converted to a motorhome.  The original gasoline engine was removed and replaced with diesel.  That’s the owner’s other toy next to the bus. A Nash Metropolitan convertible from around 1956-1958, beautifully restored.   Named the Redneck Tiki Bar, this older RV sitting in the closest row to the runway, sports a beach sunset scene, complete with palm trees, in the graphics on the sides.  Tiki torches outside complement the ‘decor’.   Please comment below, even if...

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Tucson – Pima Air Museum Redux

Tucson – Pima Air Museum Redux

  For those of you who are readers of this site, you may remember when we visited the Pima Air and Space Museum on our last trip to Tucson a year ago. Yes, you know who you are. Ellen was having some leg issues then and I had to push her around in a loaner wheelchair outside. Because the ground wasn’t conducive to the narrow wheels, I couldn’t see nearly what I wanted of the many aircraft stationed around outside on part of the eighty acres of the facility. We did, however, get to look around at the displays inside the several large hangars there. So I was determined to revisit the museum and stroll the grounds and see some of the many aircraft I missed last time. Ellen’s leg is much better this year so it was a go. Actually, I wanted to...

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Carolinas Aviation Museum Is Worth A Visit

Carolinas Aviation Museum Is Worth A Visit

Parked on the ramp as we walked outside the main hangar of the Carolinas Aviation Museum at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport was a rare piece of 1950s aviation history, a restored Douglas Aircraft DC-7B painted in Eastern Airlines livery. Based out of Opa Locka, Florida, the restored four engine aircraft was the last prop airliner developed by Douglas Aircraft before the advent of jet airliners. It had been flown to Charlotte in November 2011 by retired US Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger and his Flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles. But, on takeoff to return to Florida, the aircraft lost oil pressure in one engine and had to return to Charlotte where it still sits, an extra bonus to visiting the museum, waiting for parts and repairs.   As you walk...

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Something New and Exciting at BarryOnTheRoad.com

Something New and Exciting at BarryOnTheRoad.com

After weeks of research and work, we’re rolling out some exciting changes on the site, and we hope you get as excited as we are.  So, please take a few moments to check out some of the new features. If you’re tired of bouncing around the internet checking here, there and everywhere for travel deals, you can stop now.  With our new affiliation with One Travel, you only need to go to one place for the prices on airfares, rental cars and accomodations you’re looking for. You can simply click over there on the right column where you see Airfare Deals! Or you can click on Hotel Deals! And so on. (Sometimes I will have special coupon codes here in the sidebar, so it’s a good idea to check the sidebar first!) Planning a trip or thinking about a...

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