National Geographic : 1949 Jul
The National Geographic lMaigazine In a Pilots' Lounge in Atlanta the Author Plots a Course to Mount Oglethorpe Mr. Markwith uses a combination parallel rule and protractor on a sectional aeronautical chart. From the chart and the latest weather report he will compile a detailed flight plan. This hop was a side trip to see the monument atop the Georgia mountain, southern anchor of the Appalachian Trail. landing speed. I knew that wind was going to make it difficult to keep 692 on the ground, even if I made a successful landing. Ernie didn't, and he was hungry. We argued he for lunch and I for going on. Ernie and lunch won out and we landed three times in quick succession. Each time I got the ship down, a gust of wind would lift her off and I'd have it all to do over again. In the parking area I held the ship against the wind with power and brakes while Ernie chocked the wheels. He then held the tail down while I tied it and the wings to mooring rings and secured the controls. In the Weather Bureau after luncheon I met the pilot of an airliner which had landed behind us. While he was helping me interpret the weather maps, he said, "I thought they were going to have to shoot you down!" By early afternoon we were over the man made Lake O' The Cherokees, in northeastern Oklahoma. Ernie was busy for more than an hour photographing the tall white dam, the beautiful coves, and the bridges crossing the lake. Sail and speedboats crossing the sun blaze on the surface of the water looked to us like toys. Landing on Monkey Island This time there was no argument about landing, on Monkey Island Airport, in the center of the lake. The field was the gateway to a vacation paradise-without a vacant hotel room. Our disappointment must have been obvious, for field owner Merrell Andrews offered the use of bunks aboard his cabin cruiser. The land ing float was only 100 yards from the hangar, and the water off the stern of the boat looked so inviting we let the baggage go until after a swim. At bedtime we discovered that there were no screens on our floating hotel room and went looking for some mosquito netting.