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62 years on... Pre-flight nerves

62 years on... Pre-flight nerves
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He looked pretty nervous I must admit. Well not 'nervous' actually, mesmerised is a better word. Perhaps in a reverie of time past? It was moving for me to be there aswell. Grandad had told me how one particular instructor had given him a chance from which thereafter he got the knack for flying aeroplanes. And then 10 or 20 years later, after retiring from being a flight instructor himself, he bumped into an ex-student of his (who was also now an instructor) who came up to him and furiously shook his hand, thanking him for teaching him a manouvre that he was struggling to master, lest he'd have to give up his dreams of being a pilot.

"I said to him that I was particularly pleased to have helped in that way becuase, that's what someone had done for me 25 years earlier"

And there's me, waiting with him, to watch him do something he'd done nearly 3 of my lifetimes earlier.
14th Sep 2005, 19:37   | tags:,,,

Rich says:

Dude, you're grandad's cool. Great pics.

22nd Sep 2005, 17:17

Joe says:

wonderful...I always wanted to fly a biplane.

p.s. you need to add Leeds to your get tagging section :D

22nd Sep 2005, 17:54

alfie says:

wow. That must have been amazing, that top shot really catches his reverie.

22nd Sep 2005, 17:57

jc1000000 says:

Wot, no highlight? :-)

Nah, cheers for you comments. Joe, Leeds is already in there bro'!

But any cities not in there that should be... y'all let me know.

23rd Sep 2005, 12:32

nige says:

three years this has to get a highlight. i got butterflies myself just reading the post.

3rd Sep 2009, 08:58

Euphro says:

What a great story!

3rd Sep 2009, 09:00

Dhamaka says:

and thank you for sharing
is that a Pitts?

3rd Sep 2009, 09:54

Viv says:

good on your grandfather - great pics and story

3rd Sep 2009, 10:46

jc1000000 says:

LOL a highlight! Four years on and I finally get some recognition around here!

The plane is a Tigermoth.

3rd Sep 2009, 11:24

Puddlepuff says:

Flying grandpa! Great lil story.

3rd Sep 2009, 11:37

Lyzardly says:

In the video, where he chuckles at the end, that's teh bit that gets me.

3rd Sep 2009, 15:42

jc1000000 says:

Hoping to get a chance to see my grandparents this weekend so will pass on your lovely remarks xxx

4th Sep 2009, 22:43