As Spring comes on and sulfur and molasses becomes the national drink, people are more than usually interested in predicting weather a few days ahead. Pilots must know. Gardeners should know. Like a man who sticks his head into the lion's mouth for a thrill, I get a bang out of trying to outguess Mother Nature. Here goes:
Partly cloudy Saturday with temperatures ranging from 75 to 80, warm and sticky all day, developing into some pretty hefty thundershowers Saturday night which should give us one-half to one inch of rain.
Comes Sunday and early cloudiness should dissipate by noon, slightly cooler than Saturday, but temperatures will still be six to eight degrees above average. This should bring a nice Sunday afternoon, clear and good flying.
Monday, mild. Slowly rising temperatures Tuesday with more rain by Wednesday.
That is projecting weather slightly farther into the future than is safe for the forecaster. All things remaining as they are now, that's the way it will be, however.
Jim Snodgrass is slightly unhappy without an airplane to fly. Dan Culler, private pilot of Syracuse, had a piece of bad luck while landing at the Wawasee airport last week, dinged up the nose wheel on Jim's Ercoupe, cracked the motor mount, broke the prop. Injured feelings and broken parts are the only damage. Jim's plane is rented out to competent pilots. Where responsibility lies in a case of this kind, makes an interesting question.
Dale Tripp, veteran of the island-hopping campaigns, has received his private flying certificate from Paul Lowman.
Tay Hess is now operating Smith Field for Wilbur Smith, handles gas, traffic and other duties in connection with an active airport.
"Red" Brown of Phend & Brown, contractors, piloting a bulldozer part of the time in an effort to speed up the face-lifting job at Municipal airport. Tile and ditches are now scattered all over the place, but flying goes on off the east and west runways. The diagonal should soon be re-opened. Mr. Brown, incidentally, was an early birdman during the first World War.
Since the new shop and hangars were completed at Municipal Airport, Joe Carlin has polished the two metal Cessnas, until you can see yourself in them. Wax jobs on the fabric-covered T-crafts have them all slicked-up too.
This is the big weekend for the dedication of the "Wright way," new Skyway No. 1. All pilots flying to Ohio for the festivities, go by way of the Richmond-Dayton old-time airway to form an Indiana caravan.
Warsaw Daily Times, Fri. Apr 23, 1948