My Father’s Day Thrill Ride

On Father’s Day my wife, Georgia, and I had a nice breakfast at a local restaurant and then headed over to Benton Air Field, where they were hosting their annual Aviation Day.

They had quite a few small aircraft on display as well a Medi-vac helicopter and big Coast Guard copter.

For those willing to pony up, they were offering helicopter rides and 20-minute rides in a Cessna 172 and a couple of other similar sized planes.

For those willing to spend more, the guy who owns the airport was offering rides in his restored T-34 military plane. My wife asked if I wanted to go for a “Father’s Day” ride and I got in line immediately.

I took some videos of others while waiting for my turn in the T-34 and then the big moment arrived. After we took-off, Jim asked if I was interested in doing any aerobatics, to which I responded, “Hell-YES!”

He then did a left barrel roll and asked if I was up for more. My “Yes” resulted in another barrel roll to the right. All I can say is WOW!

After a couple of minutes, he asked if I could handle a loop. I had to think about that one for a bit, then said, “Go For It!” After landing he said we pulled about 3.5 Gs in the loop.

Holy Moly, what a thrill it was. 

I didn’t get footage of the aerobatics from the cockpit, for obvious reasons, but hopefully, the video below will give you a feel for My Father’s Day Thrill Ride.

Off Road Electric Wheelchair For Cambry

Jerry from JerryRigEverything built this fully electric wheelchair and says it was super fun and surprisingly simple.

He used a few bars of metal tied into the naturally existing supports and holes on the bikes for great seat supports. This Off Road wheel chair has a top speed of 20mph and a range of about 20 miles.

The bikes used cost about $1400 each, so after factoring in the $50 dollars worth of metal and random odds and ends, the whole thing cost about $3000 dollars to build, which is less than half the price and twice the performance of other off road wheelchairs on the market right now.

Now watch Cambry using her new off-road electric wheel chair.