Friday, April 01, 2011

Up, Up and Away!

My flight instructor.

Now it can be told: when I started this new job, 40 miles northwest of my home, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to study for my pilot's license. As of today, I've been given the go-ahead to enter an elite training program that prepares pilots to operate vintage aircraft at air shows and other venues.

After a period of apprenticeship at the Pima Air and Space Museum (one of my favorite places in Tucson!), I hope to qualify as a pilot on a B-17, the same kind of bomber on which my dad was a navigator in World War II for seven missions before going down over Czechoslovakia in a sabotaged plane.  Exciting, huh?

So far, I've only flown a Hawker and a Falcon, but my instructor is very encouraged. I must say I'm rather proud of myself.

Even if I don't end up in the B-17, Tucsonans may well see a vintage plane in the sky at the air show next March, with me in the cockpit!


ETA: What the pictures are, really:
  1. The pilot of one of the two airplanes owned by First Magnus, July 2007. Almost exactly a month before the company collapsed, the accounting department made a field trip out to the hanger where the two planes, a Hawker and a Falcon, were housed.
  2. My dad at the Pima Air and Space Museum, January 2011.
  3. One of the First Magnus planes, July 2007. It's probably the Dassault Falcon.
  4. A grouping of planes from the annual "Heritage Flight" in Tucson, flying over my house several years ago.


barrettmanor said...

Should be a piece of cake! After all, you're already qualified to operate a TARDIS.

(By the way, I have a new book!

Mike said...

You know, I was coming here to say how cool it was. Then I read the whole thing. You got me! :)

Scrabblequeen said...

Okay...WOW...what don't you do?!

Karen Funk Blocher said...

What don't I do? Well, this! I admit I've considered flying lessons, but it's never going to happen. Look at that instrument panel. That alone scares the heck out of me!

I hope everyone had a fun April Fool's Day!