(This article was originally featured in my audio CD, "Nuts from a Blind Squirrel". It's been resurrected and is featured here to be enjoyed both by young aviators and those…
"Although contact with the earth (and maybe also with a cow) was in my very near future, I did have a few seconds to check some things."
"Down we swooped and, with well-practiced competence, dropped the rescue basket alongside the victim."
"The late Bill Warren once commented that Kirby Mills was a mess by the time an airshow was over. All that physical comedy and all those pratfalls in the dirt had made a filthy wreck of him. And I never saw another announcer come close to that kind of dedication."
"If I were truly a well-rounded aviator, I’d be proficient at virtually all aviation pursuits. So I guess it’s the “pot calling the kettle black”! I guess I’m a Whuffo, too. "
"Military pilots receive formation training. Good luck finding that at Acme!"
"They tell you that they are North when they are South. They call “right downwind” when they are left and they even call the wrong airport or runway! No wonder we can’t find ‘em!"
"I once wrote how dangerous assumptions could be. I guess that could be one of the lessons of this little story. But it’s not the main one. The main lesson behind this little story is that anyone can make a mistake. ANYONE. You, me, or any other airman, no matter how skilled. "
"We do them with a little mnemonic mantra: “power, pitch, pitch, power”, we chant as we run down the runway in our little taildragger, executing as many as five or six landings and takeoffs in one touch-and-go cycle. It’s called “Multiple Landings”, or just “Multiples”. It’s challenging, difficult… and fun as hell!"
"It’s okay to take chances with your own life, but not with another’s."