Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Past is Still Alive- Aviation Ed.

A 16 year old girl, Caroline Dougherty, flew her first solo in this 1918 Jenny, powered by an original OX-5.

That's pretty impressive.

I read somewhere that back in the `30s, when even large airports were often grass (or cinder) fields, airport operators began forbidding tailskid-equipped airplanes from landing there because of the damage they did to the turf. The couple that I've seen flying (over a few decades of doing this) have had tailwheels, probably because landing a tailskid-equipped airplane on pavement would be like plopping the tail down on ice.


CenterPuke88 said...

Now THAT was a fun video to watch. I can still remember first solo, doing like that must be incredible. Learning to fly in that puppy has to be an experience, I wouldn't mind it at all. Good for her!

drseid said...

Very cool video.
Quite an impressive young lady.

Thank you!

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...


To be 16 again and to get to do this...

LRod said...

I loved seeing her pull power on downwind. Somebody's teaching her right. There are advantages to learning to fly at a small field.

I remember my first solo, some 50 years ago, vividly, but I have zero recollection of the 2nd and 3rd passes. Sure wish there was video of it. But then again, I don't think I was as smooth as this lady.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired