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  •  Well, this will probably eplain a lot... (15+ / 0-)

    My dad was 48 when I was born, and had been an airplane mechanic for most of his life. In fact, he flew planes before there was such a thing as pilot's licenses & the FAA. Pretty much-if you could find a plane to fly and a field to land it in...you were golden.

    I had been to our local airport many, many times and even got to look at the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, Canadian Snowbirds, and the Italian flyboy team-whatever they were called-up close, since dad worked there. I felt comfortable there...

    When I was about 7, my dad(who no longer flew) convinced his buddy, Charlie, to take us up for a sight-seeing, 'get my boy up in the air' flight in his 4 seater Cessna. I was beside myself with fear, although VERY excited to fly in a real live airplane!

    I was sitting in a rear seat, and simply paralyzed with fear as we took off. I still remember the death grip my little hands had on the seat... After we took off, gained altitude, and began to sightsee from 5000 feet, my grip relaxed, and I began to think 'Hey! This is kinda cool!'. I guess dad noticed I was no longer pale & shaking with fear, so--and I remember this as clear as if it happened yesterday instead of 45 yrs ago--my dad said to Charlie: "So, Charlie, why don't you show the boy what this plane can do?"

    Without a word, Charlie banked the plane into a hard right turn, putting us at a right angle to the ground, then a hard left turn, then we went straight up, which as you can imagine was followed by straight down. Loop-de-loops, twists, turns, stalls--all of it followed. Honestly, all I remember from that point was being tossed from one side to the other, the horizon tumbling around, and not forgiving dear ol dad for many years...

    Fast forward 30 some years. My wife gave me a birthday gift of a ride in a bi-plane up near Napa(Schellville?). The first part of the ride was a tour of the Sonoma Valley, followed by a cruise over the Napa valley. THAT was followed by a 20 minute acrobatic demonstration of what a 1920's bi-plane could do. O.M.G.!!
    BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER!!

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    by Thinking Fella on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:43:19 AM PDT

    •  Wow (9+ / 0-)

      I would've been scared spitless.
      In fact, just reading this sort of made my stomach roll.
      Does sound kind of exciting, though.

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      by arizonablue on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:52:49 AM PDT

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      •  It certainly was (2+ / 0-)
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        Darryl House, navajo

        both exciting and scary! At the time it was happening though, I think the words horrorific, panic-inducing, and unable-to-process-how-close-to-death-I-am would've been appropriate!  :)

        By the way, the bi-plane ride was as good & fun as the first ride was scary! I'd recommend it. The sheer power felt being pulled along by a giant propeller was thrilling, especially when you're spinning around while climbing! It is the sensation ALL amusement rides seek to duplicate.

        And on the plus side...my dad cured me of fear of dying at a young age. Thanks, dad.

        The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

        by Thinking Fella on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 01:11:07 PM PDT

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