The Second Annual Pond Branch Airfield Flour Bomb Chuckin' Invitational was a huge success! Behold; the pictures!
South Ramp, Jellystone Air Park, Saturday morning, 0900 hours. Waiting for the fog to burn off down at Pond Branch Airfield.
The EG and The Great Barbeau reviewing GPS procedures. Back in December Brother Baker and I just used a chart and a magnetic compass. . .
The 4-21 Jellystone Transport Squadron, North Ramp, Jellystone Air Park. By 1030 hours, reports from CAE, AIK, and Pond Branch Airfield indicated the fog was lifting. All of the Jellystoners were airborne by 1100.
The Hatz and Luscombe launched first. Brother Baker and I followed in the Cherokee 180 and passed the group abeam Chester, South Carolina. We were able to get half of the target painted before the rest of the Jellystoners arrived. Here we see Benny Zimmer and Brother Baker preparing the Drop Zone.
The safety briefing.
Let the games begin!
Don Schmotzer's beautiful 1946 Taylorcraft BC-12D.
One of Don's bomb runs. . .
Pop Baker departs on his first mission of the day. . .
Team Cottom, Father & Son. . .
Team Cottom-Flett, with The EG about to release. . .
That look says: It's a good thing we have day jobs!"
Pop Cottom says: "Good luck Team Baker!"
Team Baker, Father & Daughter. . .
First pass. . .
Emma Baker about to release. . .
Leon Strock & his Baby Ace. . . "Authorized" bomb run.
Leon bombed the field on arrival. . .
Eddie "Wrong Way" Price taxis out for departure. . .
84 Charlie rolls in on the target!
Our hosts, Eddie & Sandy Price.
Ron Lindsey, Senior Scorekeeper, with Eddie on the front porch of the PBA Operations Office.
Eight airplanes made the journey...
Official scorecard. After it was all said and done, thirty bombs were dropped on Pond Branch Airfield. That includes Leon's preemptive strike, and two from Pop and Colin Baker on their departure back to Rock Hill, South Carolina---the home of Jellystone Air Park. As it turned out, the first sanctioned mission of the day was the one to beat. Congratulations to Team Baker-Zimmer!
A proud Pop Baker photographs the winning team---Joe Baker & Benny Zimmer.
Gary Barbeau and Duncan Flett depart for Jellystone Air Park. . .
The Pond Branch Airfield Flour Bomb Chuckin' Gold Medal Championship Trophy.
Special thanks to Don Schmotzer for allowing me to use some of his photos!