“NILLA” COMIN’ IN ON A V-TAIL AT KBUU (A GLBCR STORY)

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“Can you explain Doctor Killer to me one more time?”

Blah…blah…blah…the important part of the story is that My Dad and I drove up to the Burlington, WI Municipal Airport (KBUU) in the Scion xB to retrieve a young female Border Collie who was being flown in from Campbellsville, Kentucky.  Her flight was on-again, off-again, on-again, due to weather and pilot availability issues, and we finally got the green light to GO at 2:00 p.m.  When I jumped into the back of the xB, I got worried…the CRATE had been installed in the back.  My Dad didn’t say anything about me having to go in the crate.  He did make a comment about an adventure that featured hamburgers.  Hey, I’m IN!  The drive was about 80 minutes up to Burlington (population about 10,000) and My Dad always seems to know where he is going.

The airport was cool, and no one seemed to mind a well-behaved Border collie walking the flightline.  In the background is a Pilatus PC-12, built in Switzerland.

The airport was cool, and no one seemed to mind a well-behaved Border collie walking the flightline. In the background is a Pilatus PC-12, built in Switzerland.

My Dad talks to everyone, and always introduces me.  This WACO bi-wing pilot is based in Waukegan and flies 767s for American Airlines...formerly military aviator.

My Dad talks to everyone, and always introduces me. This WACO biplane pilot is based in Waukegan and flies 767s for American Airlines…a former military aviator.

The co-pilot of the flight in-bound from Kentucky was texting My Dad that his ETA was 5:00 p.m.  Right at 4:59 p.m. a Beech V-Tail, landed to the west and back-taxied to the terminal.  So, as I understand My Dad, this aircraft type, BEECH BONANZA, has a reputation as a tricky aircraft to fly with it’s high performance capabilities and “ruddervator” V-Tail. Buddy Holly died in a crash of this type in February 1959.  See Wikipedia piece below:

Model 35

The “Doctor Killer” got it’s reputation from being too much aircraft for an amateur pilot. The Beechcraft Bonanza is a radical design, low-wing, fixed landing gear aircraft with a signature V-tail introduced in 1947 by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. It is currently still in production by Hawker Beechcraft. It is one of the most influential aircrafts in history. More than 17,000 Bonanzas of all types have been produced.

The V-35 Beech Bonanza is the first truly modern high-performance personal aircraft. The signature V-tail is unconventional structuring of the tail. By replacing the horizontal design of the tail with a V-shaped configuration made up of two hinged pieces, the tail now combine the tasks of rudders and elevators – now affectionately called “ruddervators.”

The Beech Bonanza V-Tail, aka The DOCTOR KILLER.

The Beech Bonanza V-35

My Dad left me tethered at the xB and he met the V-Tail at the terminal.  NILLA was unloaded by the two pilots and the first thing she did was to put her front paws on My Dad and gave him a hug and a kiss on the ear – something I like to do.

I gave NILLA a quick briefing, we touched noses, and My Dad took her for a walk.  She was very thirsty.

I gave NILLA a quick briefing, we touched noses, and My Dad took her for a walk. She was very thirsty.

NILLA was very quiet in her crate on the drive home.  My Dad gave a bath with warm wet towels and he asked me to give her a warmer welcome...no problem, I like everyone!

NILLA was very quiet in her crate on the drive home. My Dad gave her a bath with warm wet towels and he asked me to give her a warmer welcome…no problem, I like everyone!

NILLA is learning to go the bathroom OUTSIDE, and she is a quick learner.  She had a few accidents but My Dad has been very patient with her.  She can really eat!

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8 thoughts on ““NILLA” COMIN’ IN ON A V-TAIL AT KBUU (A GLBCR STORY)

  1. Oh wow. Your dad sure knows his airplanes and all that aircraft info is very interesting. The lady BC is a beauty and I’m wanting to know if you guys picked her up for BC rescue or will she be a keeper and get to live in your house and be your new pal? That would be so great to have a buddy but either way – your dad did a really good deed. He deserves a star in his cap or hat.

  2. NILLA is a transient. Tomorrow, I will take her to her full-time foster Mom up in the Milwaukee area. You will be able to check her out on the Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue website (where Magic came from).

  3. Many thanks to you, Tom and Magic, for taking such loving care of Nilla til I could get her! As much as I wanted to take the ride to Burlington and see her fly in (both my parents were pilots, and my mom used to fly cross-country races back in the day), I enjoyed learning something new reading what you wrote about that crazy v-tail airplane. Ann and Chester signing off! (PS, Nilla is napping in her crate–she still hasn’t peed yet–I think its looking to be a long night!)

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