— 5th Annual Tennessee BBQ Celebrates Aviation Beech-style —
Fifty Beechcraft airplanes from a dozen states touched down at DKX on Saturday May 30 for the 5th Annual BeechTalk Downtown Knoxville Airport BBQ. Hosted by Tennessee resident and favorite son Max Grogan, 100 pilots and aviation buffs enjoyed a Southern barbecue feast. Grogan, who hangars his F35 Beechcraft Bonanza at Knoxville’s island airport, started the tradition in 2010 as a way to connect in person with the many pilots he’d communicated with online.
“Max is a great pilot, wonderful host and a fantastic photographer,” said Air Fare America partner and aviation attorney Rob Schulte who flew from ESN to join the festivities. “DKX is a nice airport and very close to downtown Knoxville, a gracious and charming town not far from the Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullhoma.”
Schulte tells us Knoxville was ‘rather rambunctious’ over the weekend as country music super stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood had a four-night concert engagement at the Thompson-Boling Arena. (Interesting side note: Tennessee is home to many country music licensed pilots including Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Aaron Tippin.)
The next BeechTalk Fly-in will be held in October. Check out this video of Schulte as he performs a low-level pass in his V-Tail Bonanza. All photos courtesy of Max Grogan.