2012-Oct-13 : Modesto (MOD) CAF Pancake Breakfast
October 13th was another fantastic flying day in the Bay Area, and fifteen ravenous Chapter members set out for Modesto to attend the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Central Valley Squadron’s monthly pancake breakfast.
Earlier in the week the weather had been cloudy and overcast, barely clearing by mid-day. With the breakfast scheduled for 8:30 to 11:00, there was some concern that we could launch and make the flight safely; “scud-running for pancakes” is not a common NTSB accident theme. So, we were pleasantly surprised when daybreak revealed bright blue skies and light winds.
Chapter members Cynthia Mendez, Nancy McCoy, Roz Reilly, Becky Smith, Mimi Steel, Ken Barnes, Ross
Bausone, John Buckham, Bob Burnett, Steve Kauzlarich, George Mendonca, Gary Oberti, Tim Roberts,
Mike Smith and Harry Shin assembled at 9:00 at the HWD wash rack, where “seat assignments” were
decided. A nice touch was the North American P-51H and Grumman Wildcat which departed shortly before
us, accompanied by their great engine sounds. Three Citabrias flew out together as a flight, and other
Chapter aircraft included a Kitfox, Skyhawk, Bonanza, and Stinson L-5. The flight was very pleasant,
with only a light haze over the Central Valley.
Upon arrival, we were very pleased to see that Mary Mount of the CAF had set up special seating for
our group, complete with signs for VAA Chapter 29 (I had called ahead and let her know we were
coming). The breakfast was outstanding, with two types of pancakes, fried and scrambled eggs, bacon,
biscuits and gravy, Portuguese beans, fruit, coffee and orange juice. And all this for $6.00!
After breakfast, we had more opportunities for socializing, as well as taking the obligatory VAA Chapter 29 group photos. A great day for flying, a fantastic breakfast, and excellent company were all combined for a memorable fly-out. Thanks to everyone who participated; we should do this again soon!
Number of People: 15
Number of Planes: 7 – Citabria x 3, Stinson L-5, Kitfox, Cessna 172, Bonanza