The more time you spend in the air, the greater your fear of flying

I was just a kid when I learned to fly. It was in a biplane, and the wind sang in the wires bracing the wings. There was no radio, no parachute, no cockpit canopy; nothing between me, the elements and sudden death but an unlikely structure of canvas

5th April, 2008

I was just a kid when I learned to fly. It was in a biplane, and the wind sang in the wires bracing the wings. There was no radio, no parachute, no cockpit canopy; nothing between me, the elements and sudden death but an unlikely structure of canvas and wood and a bellowing engine hauling it through the sky.

There were bad days, like the time the Hun in the blue Albatross pounced, his rattling...

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