A restored B-25 bomber was
in Kamloops lately.
To learn more about the type, see this video:
Thursday, July 6th, Dave and Gail Jones
invited Lynda and I to fly to the North West arm of Shuswap Lake. Dave flew low and
slow with his floatplane C-FBOO, and Lynda and I met them in Seymour Arm. This
unregistered strip is a bit rough, but has lots of length.
Near the lake shore is a small cemetery with
about six wooden crosses. Sadly some of the grave markers were for deceased
Photos of Shuswap Lake looking towards Blind
Bay and Salmon Arm beyond. We had tried to find cooler air by climbing to 3,600
ft. on our way home.
From Jan Nademlejnsky
Last year (Sept 10, 2016), I made and
submitted my video "Canada
in a Day" to CTV, which was collecting videos from
regular Canadians. They were preparing a video story about Canadians called
"Canada in a Day" for 150 years of Canada celebration. My video was selected as
one of 16,000 submissions. I had chance to see the result on June 26. The 2.5
hour movie was very soft stuff composition of a few sec from each submission. I
was the only one flying right after the non flying Snowbirds near the end of the
167. Flying to Cache Creek Airport, July 5,
It was another, 133 km long, cross-country
flight to small airport in Cache Creek. I took off at 7 am in already 26C
temperature and no wind in Kamloops. The flight was very pleasant with
practically no surprises. I was going up wind of about 18 km/h with no problem
until I realised that it might be very interesting at the Cache Creek airport.
It is single runway in N-S orientation on the side of high mountain. I was
facing potentially 90 deg cross wind. The windsock showed cross wind from East,
while I was all the time flying against the wind from West. I realized now, when
writing this intro, that I was actually facing the bottom part of the downdraft
on my approach. It was not pleasant to be bounced sideway. My touch down was not
very good looking and I would say it was a bad landing.
I spent several minutes at the airport, took
several pictures, replaced batteries in all my four cameras, and headed back to
Kamloops. It was visibly faster going back with the 18 km/h tail wind.
I stopped by WW2 bomber B25, which was
visiting from Arizona, USA. This rare airplane is one of only 3 in existence
from 10,000 built. I took some pictures of my trike with B25 in background.
166. Canada Day Flying in Kamloops, July 1,
It was a special day for Canada and Canadians,
because Canady celebrated 150 years of its birth. A few days before my flight,
we had a forest fire NW of the airport. I flew there to check out the damage. To
my surprise, it was just small area, which looked more like result of a control
burn rather then fire out of control.
Then I flew over Kamloops main landmarks, Mt
Peter and Paul, downtown to check the early morning beginning of massive Canada
Day celebration. Finally, I flew nearby the Afton gold and cooper mine. It was
very good flying day with no weather surprises.
165. Flying to Ajax, Knutsford, Downtown and
North Ridge Chasing Clouds, June 17, 2017
After I adjusted the camera bracket (see
previous video # 164), I went up again to Ajax mine area, Knutsford and down
south over Kamloops downtown. Then I spotted a band of reachable clouds over the
North Ridge. I went to chase them with very strong urge to dive into them, but
again I chickened out. There was not any danger to get lost or flying blindly,
but the pure fact that air density is significant different in clouds form
normal sky. I did want deal with any nasty surprise.
164. Flying to West of Tobiano to Check the
Nature, June 17, 2017
I went for hike and discovered spectacular
scenery few km west of golf resort in Tobiano on Kamloops Lake. I decided to
check it out from the air too. Also I modified my new, homemade camera bracket
and I found that the horizon was tilted. I adjusted the camera when I landed and
then went again flying. Check next video #165
163. Checking Kamloops Overflowing Thompson
Rivers, June 4, 2017
It has been annual ritual to go to see swollen
North and South Thompson rivers in their Kamloops confluence. They carry water
from the melted mountain snow and unusually high spring rain water. Initially it
is interesting and beautiful, but eventually damaging to the lower elevation
areas. I flew over both rivers to see how the high water level changed the
character of the Kamloops valleys.