I received a nice note from the AOPA which was sent into the "Letters to the Editor" section and wanted to share that here.
August 17, 2016
To the Editor:
Arriving home from work yesterday, I saw the September issue of AOPA Pilot sitting on the kitchen table
so I made a quick grab and headed to the recliner for some reading. After a few minutes of thumbing
through the pages I ran across an article called "The $1,000 Cherokee" written by Jill Tallman. Wow, this
excellent piece brought back some fantastic memories. The reason for this is that N2886T is the aircraft I
completed my first supervised solo with at the now gone Alameda airport (Q64) in Albuquerque. The date
was May 19, 1976 which was during my sophomore year of High School and my morning aerial
adventure made me show up late for class so I was sent to the Principal’s office. When asked for an
excuse, I told Mr. Barefoot about what had just transpired and held out my certificate of solo flight. He
looked it over, gave me a smile, a handshake and handed me a hall pass.
The last time I saw N2886T was on May 21, 1992. I had flown a Skylane to Tupelo from Atlanta and
noticed it sitting in an area for permanent tie downs. I walked over to where she was parked and spent
time reminiscing about that special day. Thanks for helping me make another flight down memory lane
and I wish Mr. Atkins many years of great times and safe flying with the Cherokee I'll never forget.