Episode 35: Greetings from Greenville

5:18 am Doug

After pushing hard for several weeks, the crew is relishing a deserved day off. Auntie M’s Diner in downtown Greenville provided a home cooked breakfast that was a welcomed break to the normal instant oatmeal fare. The prediction of rain and wind is not panning our for the Moosehead Lake Region, so lunch at the Black Frog was served outside on their floating Tiki Bar.

In the warming sun, we were constantly entertained by the never-ending barrage of low altitude fly-bys. What a great town this is! Cubs, Taylorcrafts, ultralights, Cessnas of all types and colors buzzing right down Main Street, all eyes upturned. But instead of folks running to the phone to call the local FAA office to report low flying aircraft, there is a reverence expressed by the onlookers, and an occasional “Oouu” or “Aaah”. It seems as if everyone in this town loves airplanes.

It got me to thinking about how many thousands and thousands of times I have watched an airplane take off or land or fly by; and yet when I hear that sound, I am impelled to turn my head and watch, regardless of what is going on in my life at that moment. In Greenville, Maine, there is no shame in it. People fly, drive, walk, or canoe to this beautiful little town on the south shore of Moosehead Lake in droves from all over the country to sit on the docks, or in lawn chairs, or on the tops of their RV’s, to watch airplanes. This is my kind of town.

The highlight perhaps, was multiple fly-bys by a 1954 Grumman Albatross operated by a delightful crew based out of Virginia. This behemoth flying boat sports a pair of giant Wright Cyclone R-1820 radial engines rated at 1500 hp each, emitting a roar not often heard in this day and age. All the diners at the Tiki Bar watched in awe as windows rattled and the ground shook.

Much of the day was spent down at the docks chatting with other attendees about our trip, seaplane flying and of course, the venerable Beaver. I especially enjoyed talking to young Sydney and Kyle Tilton with their parents Jeff and Cheri from Richmond, ME. Our friend, Mark Mathieson, head test pilot for Wipline Floats is here showing off the only float-equipped Kodiak Quest in the world. Mark took a tour and dreamed.

As we are headed back to Canada tomorrow, Doug and Mark spent the better part of the afternoon trying to arrange customs. You’d think it would not be so difficult.

This evening we were treated to a steak and lobster feast in Telford Allen’s hanger. Doug and Mark were asked to say a few words to the favorable crowd.

Many thanks to our generous hosts, the two Telford Allens, Darralyn Gauvin (thank you Darralyn for your help shipping our rafts!), air boss Tom, Mic, Peter, and John and the rest of the Greenville Fly-in Committee, who have extended to us a most warm welcome. We had a great day in Greenville.

Warmest regards,

GAAA Team

3 Responses
  1. mell Schoening :

    Date: September 6, 2008 @ 8:06 am

    For all the armchair Beaver enthusiasts among us i want to thank you for taking us along so vividly. My head turns every time a Beaver leaves Kenmore air!

  2. Jeff Geer :

    Date: September 6, 2008 @ 9:22 am

    Greetings Doug and GAAA team ! We’ve been following your adventure from day one and look forward to reading each days postings. We were very sorry to hear that the early Arctic winter kept you from reaching your destination at the Magnetic North Pole. You’ve had quite an adventure so far but we’re glad to hear that you’ve touched down in US waters again! Best wishes and Godspeed on the remainder of your journey across Canada.

    We look forward to seeing you later in the fall and hearing all of the wonderful tales from your adventure!

    Best wishes,
    Jeff Geer & the BRAVO 369 Flight Team

  3. Steve :

    Date: September 6, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

    Doug et al,
    Its sounds like you are having a well deserved break at the Fly In. For the other daily blog readers here is the web site if your are interested in check out the International Seaplane Fly-In Moosehead Lake , Maine
    September 4-7, 2008~~~
    http://www.seaplanefly-in.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=30

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