PBY-5A captured by Z 8 / Z100-400

It was meant to be I guess. As soon as Stuart told me the dates for the splashin at Tanglefoot, I put them on the calendar. Months later life started to get complicated and Sharon and I saw we weren’t going to make it work this year. We were bummed. Then Brent & Katt said they’d be there, always a big incentive for us. We then started to think of ways to make it work. Then Addie told us a PBY would be splashing in on Friday afternoon. Brent put the final piece in the puzzle helping us make it all work so off we went first spending the night with them in Spokane and then making the drive to the Idaho panhandle the next day. Here’s the thing, the PBY flying in wasn’t a well-known fact even more so, when it would arrive and that it would be a limited stay.

With the five-hour drive behind us, and camp all set up (we all stay in tents at splashins) it was time to socialize and wait for the PBY. We were on the shore just talking when the sound of round engines echoed in. A few moments later the PBY flew overhead. Instantly all were standing and I was looking for the best spot to be to photograph it splashing in. We all figured it would put down in front of us like all the other aircraft. That’s when Stuart came up to me and asked, “Want to go out in the boat to greet it?” Within seconds Brent & I were on the pontoon boat heading out. Brent had the drone (Here’s his amazing video!), I covered stills. Because of the actions of the boats on the lake, the PBY landed way out in the middle and then slowly taxied into Tanglefoot. It was an amazing time with this very cool, historic aircraft that Friday afternoon.

PBY-5A captured by Z 8 / Z100-400

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