Around the Airport

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Relic From the Past

Lee Bottom Flying Field has been many things to many people through the years.  Be it barnstormer camp, crop duster field, salvage operation, or lumber mill, along the way every role managed to leave its mark.  Visit here enough and you'll eventually see that each reveals itself at a different time of the year.

When Summer is really hot and dry, the outline of the old cropduster barn on the south end of the field shows through as a lighter color green.   During winter, the location of the lumber mill sawdust pile that was here when Fritz moved in can be seen on the west side of the runway as a patch of thin brown grass.  There are many such things that you can see here, yet perhaps the most obvious is the evidence of the field's salvage yard history.

Each year, when Winter is over and Spring is just beginning, normal people change smoke detector batteries and change the time on their clocks.  We take evening walks to inspect the runway.  Inevitably though, these lead us to one area of the runway out of sight to most visitors.  There, before the vines retake the untraveled parts of the field, rusty bent aircraft parts from the past pierce the surface.  Used as landfill when the runway was widened, just about every kind of airplane you can imagine lies beneath.  Ever so often another part of a Waco, Stinson, Aeronca, or other aircraft shows itself.  This year, while on one of those walks, we found a nearly complete fuselage, twisted and broken, starting to show itself.  For the heck of it, we tugged and pulled until we got enough parts for the photos you see here.

Do you know what it is?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Its a '56-'59 Tri Pacer or later Colt.

Steve Marcozzi