I couldn't wait to get out there and start drawing, so I arrived about 3 hours earlier than our scheduled time. This allowed me to enjoy the pancake breakfast they had at one of the hangers. The sketch below was done where everyone was eating. I bought some new gray markers to try a tonal study. As happens with using ink pens, you can't correct mistakes. My proportions were off a bit on the people in the center area, and they look like giants. The lighting was really bright at the hanger doors, so all the dark shapes worked great for the gray tones.
Now I'll fill you in on my double-whammy adventure! While I was sketching the airplane hangers, there was a group in front of me that was having fun flying one of the new "DRONE-Cams". Several times during the drawing, I could hear that 4-prop aircraft hovering above me. I thought it was hilarious that I was being spied upon! After awhile, the owner of the drone came over to talk, and to see what I was sketching. His name is Steve Johnson, and is the Director of the "Recreational Aviation Foundation". Then he asked me if I would be interested in trading a sketch of his plane for a RIDE in that plane. I said, "ABSOLUTELY!!! I would LOVE to do that!!" (or something to that effect).
So "Off we go, into the wild blue yonder"...again!! This time in an open cockpit! I was grinning so much that my teeth were drying out the whole flight. Dan said you can tell who is a happy aviator by counting the bugs on his teeth. Believe me...I was HAPPY!!
UPDATE 8-17-14! Here are a few more pics that were posted on Facebook today.