Barnstorming and bluegrass

Douglas DC-3 with Herpa wingHere’s one for all those bluegrass fans who are also vintage aviation buffs.

Russ Niles, editor in chief of AVweb, is heading out on a barnstorming tour of the US starting this weekend, with champion fiddler Jeff Pritchard in tow. AVweb is a online news source for folks interested in independent aviation, and Pritchard is a former Grand Master fiddle winner, who has also picked up trophies at Winfield.

They will be touring in a 1938 Herpa Douglas DC-3 on a trip will ultimately cover 2500 nautical miles.

Their first stop is in Huntsville, AL on Saturday evening (5/23) followed by a weekend in northern Arkansas at Gaston’s White River Resort. At each stop, they will play a bit of bluegrass and be available to meet with other vintage aircraft fans.

Many of their airport stops are yet to be determined, and most will be unannounced. Niles will post a video blog each day of the trip at if you want to follow along and see where they are headed.

Who knows… they may be stopping off in your home town.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.