Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Johnson Creek: Backcountry Fly-In Mecca
Once a year, this remote Idaho strip becomes Super Cub central
Mention the words “Johnson Creek” to any backcountry pilot, and he or she will give you a wide smile, nod in approval, and describe a place of rugged beauty and challenging flying. If the pilot owns a Piper Super Cub, he or she will also tell you about the Johnson Creek Fly-In.
Johnson Creek is a remote backcountry airstrip in the mountains of central Idaho. Once a year, Super Cub enthusiasts from all over the country gather there for a summer fly-in. It’s a total-immersion experience of mountain-airstrip flying, camping, fishing and airplane admiration. It’s a chance for like-minded pilots to peruse each other’s airplanes and get ideas for new modifications.
|This year, 108 airplanes made the trek to the Johnson Creek Fly-In, including a few Cessna, Maule and Husky aircraft, but the Super Cub reigned supreme. Though you can drive to Johnson Creek, roads are prohibited around most other backcountry strips, where access is only by horse, foot or airplane. |
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