Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Did Magee Really Do That?

Those of you who read my recent series of posts called SevenSierra Whiskey (click on thetitle to jump to it) may remember a name that came up many times in that story—that of Dave Vroom. I thought I'd share with you a story I wrote about Dave and his biplane that appeared in 1997 in Airline Pilot Magazine. (Dave also makes an appearance in Tail of the Storm.) But why would Airline Pilot want its heavy metal drivers to read about a private pilot? Read it and enjoy.
(For a larger and easier to read image click on the icon at the bottom right corner that looks like this:)

See if you can pick out the error that the editors made, for which I forced them under threat of deadly force to publish a correction.


Alan Cockrell said...

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jsterner said...

Great, Great piece Captain Cockrell. Really enjoyed it. Tried to compare it to my Luscombe but not even close.


Frank Van Haste said...

G'day, Cap'n:

"When the feeling was right I eased the stick back and the sky accepted us."

I submit to you that right there, that's one of the most beautiful sentences to ever capture the aeronautical experience. Nearly stopped my heart, it did. I'm going to keep that one, if you don't mind.

Oh, and the correction...I don't believe that N3N = Stearman.

Keep safe,


D.B. said...

I guess it's all in your perspective, and what's a change for you. I have some Stearman time, and my experience was hot, windy and shaky (but fun, in same that driving a Harley is fun, but I'd rather drive my 2 seat convertible on a daily basis). I fly my Bonanza like an mini-airliner, and have more fun and satisfaction from nailing a heading, altitude or approach, and fitting in with the pro's flying the big iron. But then I'm not doing that every day from the front of a Boeing or Airbus, just 2 or 3 or 4 times a month.

Brent said...

Thank you for posting.