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Eric in Orlando

If I ever had time and money, I would love to get a pilots license.

My brother has one. When he was in active duty in the Air Force he was stationed at Tinker AFB in OKC, OK. One time I was there him and an AF buddy rented a Piper Cherokee and we flew for a couple hours down to near the Texas border. On the way back they let me sit up front and were showing me how to fly it. I "steered" for about 15 minutes. It was cool as all. And weird, almost like driving a car but in "3-D" since besides keeping it straight from side to side you had to keep it level up and down. It was really fun. The weather was clear and smooth. There was a little airstrip that they practiced touch and go landings on and we flew to some little airport, landed, and had lunch.

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Mike,

Thanks! And at the prices I'm selling the Clinostigmas I think it'll be a while before I can support myself on that! :) I'm curious about your Dad. You say he was not a career pilot, but rated on the DC-6B. That would seem to be quite an accomplishment. You don't exactly get to the point of flying large airliners on weekends just for the fun of it! Did he fly for an airline for a brief period, or?

And Eric,

Yes - that was another Kalitta Air Boeing 747 crashing after take off from Bogota a few days ago. After the accident at Brussels in late May (see photo in post #35), count on the FAA breathing down their neck to check their procedures and maintenance records...

Bo-Göran

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Yes, Bo, my dad flew commercially in the 50s but gave it up before I was even born. To be honest, I don't know which airline he worked for, but I do remember him introducing me to one of his former captains who, in the late 1960s, was flying 707s for American. One of the only reasons I know a bit about his foray into the commercial flying world is that I got to see some of the paperwork for his various licenses and ratings. But by the time I was growing up, he only flew private aircraft and then only occasionally. I'm pretty sure it was the expense of the hobby that kept him from flying more.

Still, he's the one that took me on my first flights as a kid. I even got to tag along when he would go up with an inspector to renew his instrument rating. Those early flights instilled a love of flying in me, something I've maintained to this day even in overcrowded commercial jetliners.

Mike

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