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"Trains to Planes 2010"

Taking the Southwest Chief to the Depot Inn & Suites Kirksville, Missouri, Regional Air Festival

September 11 and 12, 2010

Text and Photography by Carl Morrison (  Photo Contributions by Bob Williams, and Bob Cox.

Depot Inn & Suites Kirksville, Missouri, Regional Air Festival


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Cape Air to Start Flights from Kirksville to St. Louis

To promote their new 3-flights-a-day service from Kirksville, MO, to St. Louis, MO, Cape Air gave free flights to the first 100 people to sign up at the Air Festival.  I met the pilot on Saturday and mentioned the Depot Inn & Suites and wondered if one of his flights the next day might go over the Inn for some photos.  When it came time to board the plane the next day, Jason, the pilot, remembered my request and took us for a circle tour of the Inn, The Chris Guenzler Million Mile Lookout, and Train's Offices, the Amtrak Station, and the corn maze.

Cape Air's Cessna 402 9-passenger plane that will make the trip to St. Louis

Devin, above, Cape Air employee, is the wife of the Pilot, Jason.

John, left, Regional Marketing Manager for Cape Air, coordinated the 100 free flights in the Cape Air Plane.  Thanks John, from taking the Silver Rails Country /Depot Inn & Suites crew on Flight 6!

Jason Dureman, Pilot.  It was his wedding anniversary with Devin, above.

My view of Jason at work.  I had 'shotgun' and was able to take photos, below.

The Silver Rails Country group onboard this flight:  Bob Cox, left; Matt Melzer, center; Bob Williams, right; and Amy Cox, not shown.  This was Amy's first airplane ride!

My view from the co-pilot seat.

Photos of Yours Truly on the Cape Air flight by

Bob Cox.

My first flight in a co-pilot's seat.

Photo Credit:  Bob Cox.


Silver Rails Country from Above

Compliments of Cape Air

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Silver Rails Country:  Depot Inn & Suites, Road to Lookout (left).  (Right) Road to LaPlata Amtrak Station and (red roof).

Pilot Jason headed for the La Plata water tower, southeast of the airport, knowing the Depot Inn & Suites was right next to it.

Bottom:  Depot Inn & Suites with two Amtrak Express Cars (containing The Exhibition of Amtrak History and model railroad display), Bank, Red Rooster with road behind it to the Chris Guenzler Millionth Mile Lookout.

BNSF line through LaPlata, under Hwy. 63 and Brown St. bridges and past the Station and on westward.

Red-roofed with Rail Overlook on right and Amtrak Station on left.

Rail overlook, lower left, Depot Inn & Suites, upper right.

Santa Fe Lake, formerly used to pipe water to Santa Fe steam locomotives.

Corn maze north of La Plata.

Back down to earth.

Air Show Photographers

Bob and Amy Cox, La Plata, MO, multi-talented Photographers and Silver Rails Country and Amtrak staffers.  You  may have seen Bob at the La Plata Amtrak Station helping passengers.

Bob Williams, Huntley, IL, (right), award-winning wildlife photographer. Bob has helped me with Silver Rails Country photo assignments on 3 previous occasions.  Jen West, left, is from the West Winery in Macon, IL.

Yours truly exiting the Hearland corporate jet.

Yours truly, right, interviewing Pilot Jason Dureman, and the Regional Mgr. at Kirksville Airport.

Dacy Air Show Staff

Julia Dacy, Military Coordinator, discussing procedures with the A-10 videographer.

Julia coordinates all the Dacy Air Shows appearing at the Kirksville Airport.  She has had different performers at the two shows I have photographed in Kirksville.

Randy Smith, Air Show coordinator.

Receiving a plaque of appreciation from Julia Dacy

Scott Duck, Air Boss

Phil Dacy - Air Show Announcer

"Phil could narrate a guy flat parking a car and make you stand up and cheer at the conclusion!"

Tandem Sky Diving 

By Rapid Descent

Every jumper gets a video of their jump.

80-year old tandem parachutist.

Photo Credit:  Bob Williams

Truman University Band Played and Singers Sang and Danced

Following 4 photos by Bob Williams

Even the local Air Evac Life Team was on hand with their helicopter.

Helicopter Rides

Silver Rails Country's Matt Melzer takes his first helicopter ride.

Next Page:  A visit to the West Winery, Macon, MO.

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