By Richard Bach
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Then the horizon grew to become eco-friendly, a unmarried lessen of silver water forward. Nail that silver, Puff, nail it down! Which she did, her wake of liquid snow blowing into the air round us. continue it directly at fifty miles consistent with hour, not anything concerns yet retain it immediately. Which we controlled to do. i'm going to admit if Puff won't that once part a minute of this i used to be extremely joyful to push the throttle ahead and persist with Dan and Jennifer again into the sky. (Photo through Dan Nickens retaining his digital camera in a single hand, flying his plane with the opposite. the one trace this is often tough is that he used to be too busy, at that second, to point the digital camera. ) they are saying that flying is hours and hours of boredom, punctuated by means of moments of stark terror. manner overstated. Flying, at the very least with Dan and Jennifer that day, used to be hours of alert anticipation, punctuated by means of moments of allow us to say excessive focus. at the present time, then, was once 4 hours of alert depth, looking at a grasp of his plane, at play. i do know what Dan will say: “Don’t cross calling me any nice pilot. i've got much to benefit! ” So I won’t name him any nice pilot. great photo, Dan! on the finish of the day, Jennifer grew to become north towards domestic, Puff and that i drifted all the way down to land on domestic water, taxied up on our seashore. They’re strong, aren’t they? i used to be achieving for a real understatement to answer. can we ever be that stable within the air, you and me? “If we teach as challenging as they do, fly up to they do,” I instructed her. “One day, Puff, definite. at some point we'll be that solid within the air. ” If I’ve realized one lesson in all my days, it’s this: It’s the main tricky checks we are facing, after we cross ‘em, make us happiest. Otra Vez, el Capitan Pollo i can't think what it should have been for Commander Richard Byrd, surroundings off on his day trip to the Antarctic in 1926. He had an important plane to organize for his flight. How can the sort of little plane want such a lot of issues to be prepared for her journey? Puff has despatched me buying a grease gun, KeelGuard, 5 other forms of tape, Velcro, weatherstripping, strength offer expander, corrosion-proofing spray, epoxy weld, sandpaper, gasoline cans, bolts, delicate cloth, 3 forms of rope, anchor and clevis and carabiners, small padlock, bungee twine, defense cord, tiedown stakes, a cockpit hide, an engine conceal, gentle line for the rudder lock, spray wax (to polish her windscreen), instruments, batteries, survival meals, bottled water and that’s simply to begin. I spent lots of the day attaching the KeelGuard (lying less than the airplane, my physique steadily disappearing within the sand), and making little issues out of tape and Velcro. yet it is a tale approximately Captain bird. back. occasionally the wind blows in the course of the day over Florida, then settles down within the afternoon. occasionally it’s light within the day and alternatives up towards afternoon. It relies, it seems that, on even if I paintings on Puff within the morning or afterward. this day the water seemed flyable, a bit breeze yet no longer a lot, so I didn’t hassle to examine the elements document. (Do you experience whatever unforeseen approximately to occur? ) I acquired Puff able to fly: tiedowns, cockpit and engine covers off, rudder lock off, preflight inspection entire.