A buddy of mine from McChord AFB decided that we would rent a plane to pass the time here in Meridian, MS while we are training up on King Air 350s. Both of us are mid-time C-17 pilots, with around a thousand hours in that jet and my most recent time being in the KingAir. The Meridian airport FBO has a little 152 for a good price per hour, and the weather has been absolutley beautiful lately.
We took a quick look at the sectional and decided on flying a little "triangle" route to some of the local untowered airfields. NOTAMs for one said it would be closed starting on the 18th, and nothing for the other one. Our plan was set. We set up on an extended straight-in at the first airport and made an advisory call on Unicom. A few seconds later, a woman came up on Unicom and yelled at us that the airport was closed indefinitely. I said something to the effect of "my bad, NOTAMs said the 18th. She replied that she didn't care what the NOTAMs said, and the airport was closed until she said otherwise. Fair enough, so we putzed on over to Newton country, a 3,000' paved strip about 20 minutes away. Our first landing went well, it was actually my buddy's landing, so we taxied in and looked around the airport. We decided to beat up the pattern a bit, and take turns on the apporaches. It was my turn, so I set up on a nice final, got stabilized way out, and flew it on down. Everything was good until I flared, well, I thought about flaring right as the nose wheel hit the runway first. It was quite a little jolt. We passed concerned looks, taxied back and shut down again, and looked at the gear. Everything looked ok, and I justified it with my lack of light plane experience over the past few years, and was a little POd with myself over the buffoonery. Long story for a short lesson for me: Don't try to fly a 152 when the next lightest plane you've flown in the past 6 months is a 16,000 lb 350 ER and most of your time has been in a 500,000 lb. C-17.