About the same time—aboard the motor boat…The driver saw the approaching airplanes and quickly deployed a strange-looking antenna(?) and flipped-on an equally strange device connected to the antenna.
Immediately after—all four engines—two on the Lightning and one-each on the Mustang and Hellcat began to miss badly—prompting all three pilots to look in vain for a place to land—there was no such place.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: The motor boat illustration is based upon a photograph of a 1952 Chris Craft owned by my neighbors, Jason “Jbone” Swanson and his wife Katie Swanson.
Season 8—Chapter 11—Airfield—Episode 6:
Continuing our story—in the air near Eagle Point & at the main hanger…All three pilots radioed their engine-problem and position and were heading towards the nearest shore of the lake.
Medlar Farkleberry had just finished installing the old-fashioned LW radio in the DeHaviland and was testing it when he heard the pilot’s distress-call. He immediately responded, “Fellers, there ain’t a thing wrong with them engines! I jes’ got done checkin’ Mac’s DeHaviland an’ it’s fine!”
About this time Jay and Susie arrived at the hanger, “Yer plane is ready, I installed th’ long-wave radio an’ th’ engine’s in perfect shape—now go find Sarah an’ Chris.”
“What about their plane?”
“It’s fine too, I spect. They kin jes climb-in an’ take off—but we can’t tell them, they’re bein’ jammed. So git goin’ ’cause you gotta tell ’em in person.”
Shortly afterwards Jay & Susie were airborne and sputtering their way to find Chris and Sarah—and in time they did find them.
“Are you sure?” AJ responded.
“Yuh gotta trust me, Andy—there’s nothin’ wrong wi’ them engines! But yuh need to get some distance away from that motor boat—he’s jammin’ yuh w’a signal o’some kind.”
No one in his or her right mind, GENTLE READER, ever doubts Medlar Farkleberry when it comes to things mechanical, so they followed his instructions—but not before, “Slow down, Larry—Master says I must bail-out and fly with the gulls!”
“Do it! The guy in the motor boat won’t notice a spy among the gulls!” And so Larry slowed and Flutters bailed-out, spinning.
Meanwhile—aboard the Chris-Craft…the boat’s driver couldn’t help but notice the three airplanes moving away from his position. He realized then that they were ignoring the engine problems and decided to make all good haste to his island—obviously he had to modify his plans. And he would.
He didn’t pay attention to the seagulls—he probably should have.
To Be Continued…