I’m off to London in a few hours to spend a week over there. (I’m trying desperately to match John Robbins’ air miles this year, but he’s setting the bar awfully high.) But first I had to drive to Virginia go pick up my new toy. Here are some pics:

F/A-18 #1

F/A-18 #2

F/A-18 #3

It’s not a gas turbine; it’s driven by a 22,000 rpm ducted fan. It’s been clocked at more than 150 mph. It’s ready to fly as soon as I drop in a receiver and give it a thorough checking out. And I thought my P-51 had a pucker factor…I’ll be wearing Depends the first time I fly this puppy.