Monday, June 22, 2009
This is my favorite airplane. The Stearman open cockpit bi-plane. What motivated me to take flying lessons was reading Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Richard Bach and a movie about a young girl learning to fly and do aerobatics in a biplane. It is a wonderful airplane that evokes images of the barnstormer and low and slow trips across the country.
It is usually hangared here and was moved out to make room for the party on Saturday. This one is privately owned and I don't think they give rides but if they did, I'd be in line for one. I've flown in a few of them and even wore the requisite leather helmet & goggles. It's very exciting.