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post #1 of 10 Old 02-21-2010, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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To fly?

Ever since I was a tiny kid, I wanted to fly. Both my grandfathers were WWII pilots. My Dad flew helicopters. I wanted none of that. I wanted to fly like a bird. That or nothing.
I was thinking about this because I got to talking to a kid about flying and mentioned how I had flown my grampa's cessna. He was all excited. I told him it wasn't that much fun. And it wasn't. Not nearly as much fun as riding a motorcycle which my grampa also did. And which we do.
I have met and known a lot of bikers. Lots of nice folks for the most part. And I always try to ascertain what it is that links us. What about our personality makes us want to hurtle at great speeds on two little patches of rubber. I doesn't make sense. All the worse case scenarios are way bad.

I think that it is what made me say, screw it and jump off the roof when no one else would. I think it is all about the throttle. Instant gratification. A big kind of sloppy grinned **** off to the world because when you are riding you can't be doing much else. You opt out of civilization in some ways. Operate by a different set of rules. Or you don't do it long. Not too many things like that. I can't think of a good comparison. Flying a jet would probably be more fun than the cessna.

Done ranting on a rainy sunday. I convinced myself not to take a ride. It was much harder than logic would dictate.




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post #2 of 10 Old 02-21-2010, 11:17 PM
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Don't underestimate the fun factor of a simple Cessna 150/152 Aerobat or an older Citabria (read it backwards too). If you've got the bucks, a 200mph Mooney is a huge kick.

Small planes are fun. They can take you to interesting cow pastures, beaches and such places.

Haven't flown in years -- had to give up my license due failing eyesight, but I've a couple of friends that let me get my feet on the pedals every now and then. Landing is interesting with no depth peception.
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Owning an aircraft has always been out of my sphere of finance but I like flying in the Bush Planes. My neighbor at the lake / cabin flies me in and out now and then. It is so cool to see all those swamps, flats and streams I never knew were there. Traveling back and forth on the snow machine or in the river boat in summer is an experience but seeing the land from Hewitt Lake to Wasilla from 1200 feet is remarkable.
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I'm not knocking flying, BI. Just an easy comparison. I like skiing too, but probably like motorcycles more (they're certainly cheaper nowadays). (at least if you live where i do)

You know what...I flew with my Dad enough, it was cool. Coolest experience, a friend of his who owned a glider took us up. That was amazing. Totally silent and gorgeous views. That is pretty damn close to being a bird.




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I hate flying. Kind of ironic since I'm a retired air force jet mech. Turned down a few incentive rides. LOL

When I was in Jr High back in the 70's I was in Civil Air Patrol and got to go flying in small aircraft every now and then -they even let us do some turns at the yoke. I thought it was cool because of the view but it wasn't really fun. It didn't even feel like we were moving. I guess that's why I prefer a motorcycle.

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Yeah, that was my experience with my Gpa's plane. Barely seemed like we were moving and then every so often the plane would drop 15 feet or shoot up 15 feet on wind gusts and scare the crap out of me. Probably would have been more interesting if there was more below us to look at than Southern Illinois corn fields.

The glider, however, I would do again in a nanosecond. Always wanted to hanglide, too.




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I've had several sailplane rides and concur. That's a one of a kind experience.
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Being a pilot is a lot like being on a cycle. Its the freedom! Being able to control the plane or cycle and make it do exactly what you want it to do. Both are great. I would hate to have to choose which I like more. I have had a motorcycle for 35+ years and been a pilot for 20+. Either are not for everyone. Just glad I live in a country that I can do both.

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Being a pilot is a lot like being on a cycle. Its the freedom! Being able to control the plane or cycle and make it do exactly what you want it to do. Both are great. I would hate to have to choose which I like more. I have had a motorcycle for 35+ years and been a pilot for 20+. Either are not for everyone. Just glad I live in a country that I can do both.
I agree.

I've flown gliders, small aircraft, and jet trainers years ago but if I had money to burn, I'd get a helicopter certification. I think that would be fun.

for now, I'll stick to my KLR - much more cost-effective fun.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-23-2010, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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My Dad loved flying. He still does it sometimes. But he jumps on my KLR the second he gets into town. Before we even go fishing for Pete's sake.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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