I just realized that I haven’t been putting the dates on my updates. I’ve basically been writing my blogs a day after the fact, so I can include everything from our adventures. However in some spots, the internet has been kind of sketchy, so a day may lag here and there between updates. We arrived in Oklahoma City on July 11. On July 12 Randy fulfilled a long time bucket list item.
Randy purchased his Navion in 2004 as a “project airplane”. It was literally in pieces and boxes sitting in a hanger when he purchased it. Over 4 years, he had it professionally restored to it’s current condition. One of the last things he did was to have it painted in it’s current red, white and blue, Miss America motif. He copied the Miss America design verbatim from the famed Reno Racer P-51, Miss America, owned by Dr. Brent Hisey of Oklahoma City. He contacted Dr. Hisey in order to obtain permission to copy the paint scheme. Dr. Hisey was not only accommodating, but also excited that Randy chose to copy Miss America’s design.
Randy has always dreamed of meeting Brent Hisey and getting the two airplanes together for a photo shoot. When we learned that our trip would take us right through Oklahoma City, Randy contacted the Doctor to see if he could arrange such a meeting. Dr. Hisey was very on board for the meeting. Tuesday, Brent Hisey picked us up from our hotel and took us to the facility on the airport where he keeps Miss America. We not only got our photos of the pretty girls side by side on the ground, but we went for a formation flight and got some aerial photos of the P-51 flying right next to us. What a thrill this was! And what a great guy Brent Hisey was to do this for us. It was so interesting hanging around Brent’s hanger and seeing all of his treasures. Aside from Miss America, Brent also owns an L-39 Albatross, an L-19, a Beech Bonanza and a B-25 Bomber. He is also restoring a P-51C!
And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, we also paid a visit to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage museum. (Oh boy) Actually… it was very interesting with many great art pieces and a treasure trove of old movie memorabilia, so even I enjoyed it.
Tuesday was a day that neither of us will ever forget.