Jet World Masters Report - Thursday August 27
Guten tag von Leutkirch and welcome to the lucky Day 13 report of my vacation adventure.
As you may have noticed, a report wasn’t sent out last night. I went to the McDonalds at 12:15am (it closes at 1am on week nights) but they must have shut off
the McWiFi server early. I headed back to the hotel and I couldn’t log on to their network either.
I had to get to the field by 9am as Scott’s Sabre was being static judged at 9:20am though this was apparently a moving target as the time given yesterday mid-day
was 10:20am. Maybe there was a time-zone change or something. The judges were very impressed with the Sabre. Unfortunately, the color scheme is of a full scale
Sabre which was painted at a forward base during the Korean Conflict and there are only a couple of photos of it which is a bit of a problem for the documentation
and this tends to limit the static score.
All members of the team had already completed their second round flights so, other than Scott’s static, we didn’t have all that much to do. The remaining competitors
were completing their second flights and the tabulated results were expected in the early afternoon and the third round starts 90 minutes after the scores are
We heard through the grapevine that the static judges were very impressed with the Eurofighter so I went over to take a closer look. It has lots of surface detail
and some phenomenal scale details particularly on the landing gear and the cockpit. Attached are a few pics.
As I was waiting for the score sheets to be released, I had the opportunity to do a bit of socializing and lounging in the shade with the Dutch. Laying on the grass in the sun is a bit of a treat as I live in the Arizona desert. Karin’s hip proved to be a comfy pillow.
There wasn’t much happening at the 7pm team managers’ meeting tonight as most of the competitors and managers are exhausted so it was a pretty quiet and short
meeting. I elected not to ask when the award ceremony starts on Saturday (the time is not printed in the program) as I didn’t want to give the organizers two days
over which they could change their decision.
We were also told that there would be two
queens at the event, namely, the Queen of the Cows, and the Queen of the Cheese.
Also, there seems to be bovine racial issues here in Germany as this queen is Queen of the Brown Cows only. I guess the black cows and white cows have their own queen. Can all cows just all please get along?
The rest of the team went out for a lovely dinner we all went to tonight’s event which was described as a “traditional” event with many people in cultural dress
and there would be a band. As we were all flying tomorrow, and some had overindulged during Nation's Night, we took it easy on the booze and Scott apparently
discovered some tasty non-alcoholic beverage in a sippy bag.
There was wall to wall leiderhosen as many men wore the traditional German leather shorts with suspenders. There’s just something wrong with that. However, the German ladies have frilly low cut blouses and vests which are cinched up to put the “girls” on display. When it comes to traditions, that one has my full approval.
The band was oom pah pah’ing and there was an interesting song which was accompanied by three guys cracking whips to the beat of the music. It was quite the display
and nobody lost an eye.
Vitaly confirmed to me tonight that he and Pavel will come to Top Gun in 2016 with their YAKs. Additionally, we have decided in the spirit of friendship that I,
as Jet Team USA Manager, will call for Pavel (Rusjet Team Manager) when he flies the little YAK, and Pavel will call for me when I fly the Gripen. The fun part
will be that I have to call in Russian and Pavel will have to call in English. This should be good fun and maybe Sam Wright (Top Gun announcer) will put mics on
us for the flight as this might get entertaining.