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Novelist Tom Casey and his partner Silvia Erskine have the ultimate airplane camping setup—two rattan couches fold out to make a single double bed, and a two-horsepower generator powers a couple of lights and a small heater while also charging their electronic devices. That’s a sweet set up, but put all of that in a restored Grumman HU-16A Albatross flying boat, and you’re in airplane camping heaven. 100617 band jonathan moody performs at barnstormers party_1231_16x9.jpg


“We’re in the master suite, of course,” said Casey, sporting a nautical theme with navy shorts, a light blue button-up, and a cap with his silver hair peeking out from under the brim, as he pointed to the couches, small end tables, and picture frames of the flying boat dubbed American Clipper. Crew quarters are in the back, and there’s also sleeping space available in the bow.

Candlewood Lake, Connecticut, is one of Erskine’s favorite places to camp out. At night, when the lakes are calm without any wake from boats passing by, Erskine said she can forget that she’s sleeping on a lake until she wakes up and looks out the next morning.

They had a prime view waking up Oct. 7 from their parking spot (on pavement) at the AOPA Fly-In at Groton, Connecticut, presented by Columbia Aircraft Sales. The Douglas C-47 Skytrain Placid Lassie to the Albatross’s right, a Super Cub on amphibious floats to its left, and a row of display aircraft lined up in a long line in front of it, ending with a Connecticut Air National Guard C-130 and Black Hawk.


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A total of 6,364 attended during the two-day event, and 480 aircraft flew in. Aviation enthusiasts taking in the Barnstormers Party on a balmy New England evening Friday dined under the stars, with the Albatross and amphibious Super Cub lit up, and live musical entertainment. Hundreds of the attendees watched a trailer of an upcoming film about American Clipper during the Saturday morning pancake breakfast and toured inside the amphib; Casey said he plans to retire American Clipper at the end of the year once the flying boat film is complete.


Casey has instructed in Albatross aircraft for 23 years, helping about 40 people earn their type rating. He purchased American Clipper in 1994 and spent $1.2 million restoring it to flying condition and having it painted in Pan American Clipper livery. He flies the American Clipper about 15 hours a year because it burns 100 gallons of fuel per hour and requires a lot of maintenance. “I know this airplane well and I love these airplanes, but they’re not for sissies,” said Casey.


The flying boats were designed to be open ocean search-and-rescue aircraft in the late 1940s, but they were soon replaced by helicopters, he said, adding, “It’s a beautiful piece of history.”


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