May 27, 2007 - Campbell Field Soup on Sunday

I haven't flown in almost two weeks and needed a fix.  The weather forecast looked pretty good so I decided to go to the Campbell Field airport Soup on Sunday.  Campbell Field Airport is at the southern tip of the DELMARVA peninsula. 

Crossing the Key Bridge on the way to the airport, I could tell that it was very hazy.  At 1,500 over Essex Skypark, I couldn't even see the other side of the bay!  It was maybe 5 miles.  But the visibility improved as I flew south and it turned out to be a very nice day.

Here I am over Campbell Field.  Pretty good turnout of over 20 airplanes. 

There was quite a diversity of airplanes:  two twins, a Pitts, two RVs, a Cub, a Phantom ultralight, some Colts, a Husky. 
There were hotdogs and chili to be had, plus cold drinks.  Everybody hung out in front of the hangar.  Gordon Campbell -- the host -- even has a web cam mounted on the front of the hangar.
The RVs always draw a crowd.  I talked with the owner of this RV-8.  He spent over seven years building it and only recently finished.  He has 55 hours on it so far and loves it.
This Husky has 180 horsepower, constant speed prop and big tundra tires.  He wowed the crowd with his departure takeoff. 
This Great Lakes biplane rolled in, followed by a Piper Cub. 
Turns out this Great Lakes was built in 1929 and has remained in the same family ever since. 
I stayed at Campbell Field for a couple of hours, then flew to nearby Accomack Airport to gas up.  Then I proceeded south down the Bay side to Cape Charles and back up the ocean side over the barrier islands. 
There were lots of boats out enjoying the nice warm, sunny day.  There are lots of sand bars on the bay side which are fun for the boaters.  Below are a couple of kayaks.
That looks like fun.  Course, I was having fun too.
Good shot of a sand bar.
Mark on top the VOR.  Well, not exactly on top. 
This was hands-down the best mansion of the day!
On the other end of the spectrum, this was a camping resort. 
Condos with waterview.  I'm not sure I understand why anyone would want one of the inland ones.
This was a nice looking bay-side golf course with a couple of very upscale houses on the links.
And some lucky pilot has his own strip. 
Interesting breakwater made up of derelict ship hulls.
Just before reaching Cape Charles I flew by this bayside beach resort.  Our family had stayed here when I was a teenager.  Long time ago. 
That's the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel heading south towards Norfolk.
Then I turned north to fly up the barrier islands.  They are almost completely devoid of man-made structures and have very wide beaches. 
Inland, they are mostly just marsh. 
Perfect for a little low-level action. 
This looked to me like a very dead whale that had washed ashore. 
After having fun over the beaches, I headed NW towards home.  Nice flight today.