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Ramona insideOur February 15th 2020 Fly-In took us to the Classic Rotors museum located on Ramona airport near San Diego. 18 DAFers attended a briefing at the Torrance GAC, and everyone took off for Ramona. In spite of our speed diferences we managed to keep the KRNM tower crew working hard as we all arrived pretty much in a bunch. The tower fit us into the pattern and there was plenty of excellent tie-down space.
 

The staff of the Classic Rotors museum met us with 2 shuttle cars and ferried us to the museum (about 500') where we received a fascinating introduction to the Du Pont DP-1, a vertical take-off jet no one has heard of. The speaker had hovered and flown test flights in this aircraft (link here). DB-1

After this 1st lecture we had a huge BBQ lunch brought in the the staff, served in the museum's shaded outdoor seating area. No one left lunch hungry; it was an awesome display of BBQ finesse. During lunch Kel Vanderlip's high-school classmate Tom Pierpoint drove in from San Diego with memorabilia for the museum: Tom's father was the 3rd engineer hired by Frank Piasecki!


The museum staff took us in to the museum hanger in groups of 4-6, each with an expert guide, and regailed us with technical information, great stories, and views of helicopers (many flyable) which the museum had rescued and restored. The effort the staff have put into this acqusition and restoration task is almost too much to contemplate, but we were the benficiaries, and everyone come out more knowledable on the utility, quirks, dangers and joys of rotary wing aircraft.


So, a special thanks to museum President Mark DiCiero, organizer Chip Lancaster, and guides Terry Robinson, Joe Gwizdak, Howard Northrup, Bruce Klingman and Kevin Riedy for all their work setting up the transportation, exhiibits, lunch and tours. And more thanks to those Del Amo Flyers who came out and made the day possible!