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Flying Stories for August 10, 2012

Here are some articles that you may have missed this week:

A great way to get some common ground with your teenager.

Sorry Folks. It was pointed out that this article link was not working.  The DeKalb Chronicle is operated by Shaw Newspaper Media. Shaw doesn’t appear to want anybody out of their area visiting their site, so  once an article has been available for a few days they move it to their Archives located behind a firewall. Heaven forbid that someone should bring them traffic by linking to one of their articles.

Travel-Air 4D

Bruce McElhoe and his 1929 travel Air 4D, one of the participants in the 2012 American Barnstormers Tour

This is from the DeKalb, IL Daily Chronicle. Morgan is David’s teenage daughter. Thanks to a nice offer at a local Corn Fest last year they now have a common ground to discuss over dinner. Not a typical situation with a teenager…

Richard Taylor’s Memoirs: Chapter 16
This is from AvWeb. Chapter 16 in Richard Taylor’s memoirs. A good read, as usual.

The Spirit of St Louis
This is from the Golden Gazette News – Golden Age of Fiction News from Yesterday and Today. From their FAQ page: The Golden Gazette News features stories, articles and interesting facts from the pulp fiction of the 1930s and 1940s written by New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard. Looks like there are several interesting articles on the site.

2012 American Barnstormers Tour
This is from the Brainerd (MN) Dispatch. The 2012 American Barnstormers Tour kicked off last weekend and will run through the remainder of the summer. This article talks a little about the pilots and their airplanes. The tour’s website is AmericanBarnstormersTour.com where you can find their planned stops and the dates – it’s well worth the time to pay them a visit if you are near one of the stops.

 

No flying for me this week, but I did spend a little time at a couple of the venues for Reno’s Hot August Nights event.  Here are some photos I took – in no particular order. Not the all-chrome super-customized hot rods, but some nice restorations of older cars and some that you probably don’t see every day.

 

Yes, You can Learn to Fly!

I am on a layover in the middle of an airline trip and was just reading through some RSS feeds that came in while I was enroute. One in particular really struck me. It was from Seth Godin (Seth’s Blog), an internationally known marketer and author. The post I’m referring to read, in part:

Mike sent me a great story about an ultra-lightweight backpacker:

“Wolf was carrying a super-small pack which weighed 14 pounds including food and water. When asked how he got his pack weight so low, Wolf would reply, ‘All you need to know is that it’s possible. ‘“

FemaleThinkerHow does this relate to going out and learning to fly?  Think about it.

Is flying something that you have always had an interest in experiencing? Has it been a long-neglected goal, pushed to the back burner of your mind because life and all it’s complexities have somehow gotten in the way?

Take a few minutes and wander around the Internet searching for stories of people who have managed to fit flying into their lives. Yes, some were better off than you but many are making their way through life with significantly less than you – both financially and physically.

The point is that the Internet is a huge collection of your possibilities. If you search you will find that those reasons you are using for not attaining your goals are merely excuses. There are people out there who are overcoming those circumstances to make their dreams come true.

As the quote says “All you need to know is that it’s possible.”

Yes, it is.   The decision is yours.

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