Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Touch and go show at Boyington Field

It wasn't an airshow. Not really, but the pilot of the Navy P-3 landed with a bit of burned rubber and some rabbit squeals as the plane's tires tipped the tarmac this afternoon at Coeur d'Alene's Pappy Boyington Field.
The plane raced down the runway and lifted off again, made a wide arc over the Rathdrum Prairie, stopping traffic on Huetter Road as it circled.
It dropped altitude, slipped over the newly-tilled fields and its arc became a circle. Its nose headed northeast, its landing gear down, and the P-3 touched the tarmac again, raced on the smooth surface and lifted off.
This happened over and over.
The plane and its crew were doing what plane-people call "touch and go," according to airport personnel who grabbed binoculars to watch the show.
It lasted a half hour, maybe longer. 
Then the plane headed west toward the Coeur d'Alene River country and Montana. A bit later it nosed again over the mountains, and made its last appearance before beelining toward home: Whidbey Island and the sea.

-Ralph Bartholdt 

For a recent story about the Coeur d'Alene airport and Pappy Boyington Field, go here:


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