Wanna go for a ride?

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Whenever someone asks…”Do you wanna go for a ride?”… I hope your default answer is yes. AeroMark‘s Thomas Hoff grabbed my elbow, pointed at Addison Pemberton’s Boeing Model 40C on his ramp and asked, “You wanna go for a ride?”. Uh, YEAH…

Addison Pemberton's Boeing Model 40C, the oldest Boeing flying today, on the AeroMark ramp in Idaho Falls, Idaho for the 2nd Annual Trade Show Aviation Idaho.

Five minutes later, me, Tom and Ivy and Ginny McIver slid into the passenger compartment of Addison’s 40C to enjoy a quick trip around Idaho Falls. Windows open, cameras out, smiles aplenty. Ten minutes… maybe. But it was glorious. The best part? When the power came up for take-off, the smell of engine filled my nose, and I smiled. In my head I was thinking, “so this is what the golden age was like…”. Well sign me up.

The Cirrus SR22T that flew Cirrus Aircraft's Ivy McIver, her mother Ginny, and myself from Seattle's Boeing Field to Idaho Falls, Idaho.

I’m in Idaho Falls for the 2nd Annual Trade Show Aviation Idaho. It starts at 8:30 am on Friday and ends at 5:30 on Saturday. I got here on a brand new Cirrus SR22T with Cirrus Aircraft‘s Ivy McIver (Northwest Sales Rep) and her mom Ginny. So, in the span of eight hours, I flew on one of the most advanced… and coolest… aircraft in the GA fleet and one of the oldest… and coolest… aircraft in the GA fleet.

Yeah, I think I’ll chalk up today as… a good day.

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