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Cruise Fly-in

Fly-in report by Sue Dunn

Due to airspace restrictions, the October 2001 fly-in evolved to a fly-in, commercial-in, and drive-in. Some members flew United, some Southwest, and some even found Torrance Airport in the marginal VFR visibility.

The Blakes, Kendricks, Pettys and Zerwecks found their way through Enhanced Class B airspace around LAX; while the Dunns, Lynchs, Meinhardts, Roberts and Walkers closely monitored their airplanes' progress from the cabin; and the Richardsons went truly IFR (I Follow Roads) in their RV. But eventually, twenty intrepid airpeople arrived at San Pedro harbor and boarded Carnival's MS Ecstasy for the long voyage to Ensenada, Mexico.

Carnival Cruise Lines graciously hosted the group to a welcome-aboard cocktail party (I think just to loosen us up for the mandatory lifeboat drill) and then dinner-as we sailed into the sunset.

The weather was fine, the seas were smooth, and our 76,000 ton craft made good speed (6 knots!). Ensenada is looking good with its brand new cruise ship terminal within easy walking distance to downtown. The beer was cold, the shopping fun and the crowd in Pappas and Beer was pretty amazing for an afternoon. Everyone seemed to have a great time.

Sunday was a "Fun Day at Sea" and people relaxed, read, played cards, ate, whatever. Dave Meinhardt took advantage of the pool slide, while the Walkers and Roberts had a mini-shuffleboard tournament. 8 a.m.

Monday it was back in San Pedro and by 10:30 everyone had cleared customs and immigration and it was time to hit the vans back to Zamperini Field, and the cabs and busses back to LAX.

I'm guessing the do-it-yourself flyers got home before those going 'commercial'. Oh, well.



What a handsome group! (Yes, we do clean up well.)

Pictures from Steve Dunn

Relaxing on the Deck-what the Airmen do best


Taking a break from sightseeing


Now, how often to do see these men in suits?


Our "cruise director" takes a well deserved break.

Our ship-the MS Ecstasy