Journal

Steamboat Springs

Watching the night airshow at AirVenture this year my eyes lit up with the ballet of incandescent winged things, trailing sparkles and smoke through layers of blue twilight.  The  airshow performers were perfect dancing spectacles of glowing grace, twirling and hurling in cloudless skies.  They twinkled at us from a vertical stage that stretched forever, […]

Denver

At some point, we can all decide which parts of our history to record, and which parts we want to rewrite. I will be fifty years old next Saturday, and we are flocking west on the B-29 tour.  Further west than I have ever flown, to Denver, Colorado, landing  at Rocky Mountain Metro two days before […]

Oshkosh

“The Judges are here,” I texted Kevin.  Yuck.  What was a really fun afternoon in the vintage showcase, had just become a really un-fun afternoon.  I hate being judged, and I hated the idea of subjecting my plane to it as well.  Before Sun n Fun in April, I told Kevin Kimball I wasn’t going […]

Madison

          At dinner in Madison last night, I got a text from my friend Chuck Gardner who flies the P51 , with a picture of his throttle on the Mustang broken completely in half.  My first thought was poor little Mustang.  All those different hands and all the years of rough […]

Brodhead

Driving away from Lakeland, I was so excited to go home.  I was actually giggling at 5:30 in the morning, barely awake, thinking about all the fun things I was about to do.  All the wonderful people I was about to see.  This trip was going to be my most beautiful exile ever!  Most people […]

Smyrna

I get to fly the “cool stuff.”  The “cool stuff” is a term my friend Rob Lock uses to describe the rare, old planes we love.  It’s a subjective list we mentally share between us, without ever having made an actual list.  I suppose spending so many years at Kermit’s place, you get introduced to […]

Dayton Airshow

I have never been able to bring myself to put up “please do not touch,” signs on my plane.  I believe we teach people how to treat us, that goes for my plane as well. If people aren’t allowed to get up close and touch, how will they ever learn how fragile the planes really […]

West Mifflin

AOPA hat, CAF t-shirt, EAA jacket – they wear the words like human billboards, advertising their connection to the planes and to the pilots around them that they hesitate to speak to.  Standing shoulder to shoulder at the fence, silently watching  FiFi land and holding their breathe, holding in their hearts, keeping their fingers crossed […]

Reading

Where I fly now is determined by who is there waiting for us to land… On Sunday I started north with a medium-sized chance of getting to St Simons Island on the east coast of Georgia.  I was looking forward to being rained in there for the day because I remember it being beautiful, and […]

Indianapolis

Flying back to Florida on Airtran last week after meeting with my artist’s for the comic, a women and her daughter sat in the seats in front of me.  I heard from their conversation that this was her daughter’s first airplane flight.  Her mother repeated twice, “You ready, we’re going to go really high and […]