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  •  Thx ... (3+ / 0-)

    I really like your series, even though it has nothing to do with electing more and better democrats, if there are any...

    because you write to a passion, airplanes, especially old but worthwhile airplanes... we couldn't have a 787 dreamliner without a gypsy's a long and tortuous logical trail,  isn't it???

    We couldn't have a United flight 232 without extreme aeronautical knowledge, or a Glider (and F-4) Pilot Chesty Sullenberger saving 100+ people.

    So people who fly themselves don't know flying history, how it was hours and hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror and all that....

    So here's a strange link. I'm a sports car racing driver, 40+ years, one of my heros was Graham Hill who I saw at Watkins Glen US In 1965, maybe 1966, US GP, in the BRM H16. He died In a plane crash in England flying an Aztec-D PA-23 Twin in fog (bad Idea). only a few years before I took my Multi and Instrument check ride in the same type airplane..   PA-23-250...(successfully, I might add, toughest check ride ever, instrument approach with a dead engine). I didn't connect this until I read his biography, updated just after his death.

    Somehow, even a F1 driver with lightening reflexes (well, I had those too) couldn't escape  a problem scenario. I learned a lot from that thought for the rest of my life.

    So, I'm a sailor too. The message I gave to my children (and it applies to pilots too) is

    "A superior sailor is one who uses his superior judgment to stay out of situations requiring the use of his superior skills..."

    says it all , I thinks

    Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

    by blindcynic on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 12:01:01 AM PDT

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    •  My brother is the sailor in the family.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Past Commodore, Barry Island Yacht Club, South Wales - I'm the one that gets sick in 6" of bath water (but never in the air, strangely)

      My last ride in an Aztec? In the right hand seat of a PA-23 of Trent Aero, taking photographs of these two aircraft - this sortie generated the cover shot for the book (LOTS to tell about this sortie, one day!)

      I do try to alternate between 'aviation/non-avaition' diaries, if I can........

      Smooth landings!


      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:17:09 AM PDT

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