The Warbirds and a Swiss Fellow... and an Alaskan.
VFR flight, in particular, has in it’s essence a strong freeing quality. You don’t need most of the instruments; through sight picture and pilotage you can successfully get to where you aim.
"There I was, camera in hand, window seat in my face... perfect."
...my focus was trying to help Kenny have an enjoyable aviation experience. Flying partial panel with a friend didn't exactly match my intentions.
Short interview with Thomas ‘Gene’ Rogers, a P-51 Mustang WWII crew chief
"[...] learning to fly and the people involved — changed my life. They changed the way I see myself... they changed the way I see the world."
"As I pushed northward through the darkness of the cold Christmas Eve night, the cockpit was warm and cozy, and all seemed right with the world."
"Everything else is: seaplanes, black bears, lighthouses, lobster and moose."
I stood there [...] on the large, quiet ramp, envisioning my passenger arriving shortly — discovering that we had not two planes, from which to choose... but none."
There’s something special about defying gravity, on an otherwise unremarkable evening, to bring about the peaceful end to a ruckus day.