Friday, July 10, 2015
Disappointment in Lexington
Miss D. and I arrived back home this afternoon after a disappointment in Lexington. It turns out that the P-51 Mustang 'Red Nose', that was supposed to form part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) visit to the city, wasn't there. It wasn't scheduled to arrive until late on Saturday, offering flights only on Sunday. Unfortunately, the CAF's Web site was accepting bookings for flights aboard 'Red Nose' on Friday and Saturday. We were able to book a flight on Friday morning, and drove all the way to Lexington and spent Thursday night in a hotel, expecting to have an exciting morning. Needless to say, we were very disappointed to learn that wasn't going to happen.
I don't blame the volunteers who staff such visits - they were as disappointed as we were, and very sorry for the inconvenience and expense imposed on us. Nevertheless, the CAF needs to get its act together. If they're charging thousands of dollars for the privilege of a flight aboard their aircraft, and they know in advance that the plane won't be there, they shouldn't accept advance bookings for it on their Web site. I'm going to be writing to them, asking for a refund not only of our flight fee but also our incidental expenses.
Nevertheless, it was good to be on the road again with Miss D. We enjoy each other's company. We'll plan to catch a ride in a CAF Mustang next time one comes within reach of us.