Flight Training - July 2020 - 22

ROAD TRIP

BY DAVE HIRSCHMAN

FLY-IN THEATER

DO SOMETHING CULTURED WITH YOUR FLYING PARTNER
TAKE THE LEAP

A CHALLENGING
APPROACH

"PILOTS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR PLACES TO FLY THAT THEIR SPOUSES WILL ENJOY," SAID BILL

Harrelson, who offered to lead two pilot/spouse pairs flying a Mooney M20 and a Cessna 172 from
Virginia to a theater in Connecticut. Yes, pilots are willing to fly just about anywhere for just about
any reason-but this was a stretch for me.
"Watching a musical may not be your idea of a great time-but your wife would absolutely love
it. And let's face it, you've probably dragged her to plenty of aviation events that she wasn't terribly
excited about attending," Harrelson said.
And so, I headed to the Goodspeed Opera House in coastal Connecticut to, get this, see a play.
For an uncultured lout like me, the idea of sitting through 2.5 hours of singing and dancing sounded
about as painful as a tooth extraction.
But Harrelson, the record-setting, earth-rounding Lancair pilot and his wife, Sue-two people
who have been just about everywhere-convinced me this was a good idea.
Our group saw The Music Man, and the experience wasn't as traumatic as the root canal I was
expecting. More important, the spouses seemed eager to return. And since the three-hour round-trip
flight to Goodspeed was longer than the performance, that's still a good deal for this flier.
dave.hirschman@aopa.org

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Goodspeed Opera House calls itself the "home of the American musical."
Tickets range in price from $29 to $75, and plays run from April to December.

22  FLIGHT TRAINING JULY 2020

From the air, the Goodspeed Airport (42B) and the
historic, four-story opera
house are easy to spot in a
scenic valley on the Connecticut River. The asphalt
runway is just 2,120 feet
long and 50 feet wide, and
the approach to Runway 14
passes over a bridge less
than a half-mile from the
threshold. A light breeze
on the morning we arrived
favored the relatively
unobstructed Runway 32,
however, and that simplified
the visual approach and
landing. (There are no
instrument approaches at
Goodspeed.)
The Goodspeed Airport
also is a seaplane base with
a ramp, so arriving in a
floatplane would be an even
classier way to get there.
The airport has a $5
landing fee ($10 for overnight stays), paid in cash at
a drop box in the terminal
building.
There are several restaurants within easy walking
distance of the nontowered
airport, and the theater
itself is only a few hundred
yards away. We landed in
time for lunch, then walked
to the Victorian-style opera
house. The structure was
built in 1876 and paid for by
shipping and banking magnate William H. Goodspeed.
It later fell into disrepair
and was scheduled for
demolition in 1958 when a
foundation was established
to renovate it. It reopened
in 1963. Because of the
coronavirus pandemic,
several performances have
been postponed until September or later.

goodspeed.org

GOODSPEED
AIRPORT (42B)
East Haddam, Connecticut
Runway 14/32: 2,120 feet
Waterway 16W/34W: 4,500
feet

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