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Memories times a gazillion

I am very proud of Dan's accomplishments...I learned with and taught Dan... I got him started airshowing with my Silent Flight team.

Remember step towing for the first time?

Our Last Airshow together

I know it well; I have a brain injury from my accident but I do remember our last airshow together...Ukiah May of '92...About 6 months after my accident...Sometime I will write about that but since I have absolutely zero memory of that I can only tell you what I have been told... This about Dan's and my last show as silent flight together...

I had flown since my body breaking accident and life ending flight in preparation for this airshow; one tow flight on a dirt road in Chico on a windy day...I remember it well...I was saying go to cruise and Dan was saying wait...I finally took the tow up to may 5-800 over and I flew transfixed to the ground as I recall...I landed and I was pleased...I could still fly...

Airshow Saturday arrived, a one day show, and excitement stuck on everybody's shoes like that of a kennel workers...

This was to be a double new driver day with two tow units pulling both of us up at the same time with a double glider step tow then aerobatic to the ground...Phew...now that i think about it...phew...I had a successful up and down tow flight on a dirt road...

 I was ready :-)

"Go to cruise" we spoke on the radio and that is when I became a passenger of my brain...up and up and up...The pull thru my harness felt good on my hips...The glider surged and pitched...My fingers rested very lightly on the bar; I was flying by reflex...I had done this so many times that my body was taking me up and my broken brain was on the loose...

Everything...all at once...damm I'm high...Dan's glider was even with me and the turn was coming up...the tow lines below closed towards each other...visions of tanglement soared thru my grey matter...The trucks have stopped below...where did Dan go...where do I land...the mild subconscious aerobatics burned more altitude than i knew I had...40 mph...2 feet above the ground...still proned out...where is Dan...I need to get upright and land...phew...its over...my head was full and processing...It was time to spend the rest of the afternoon doing the PR thing; A great time of the show with the flights now just a bunch of individual memories...

Dan told me not to talk about my accident because he did not want to give the sport a black eye... That was pretty thoughtful huh:-)

I went on to fly two more mountain flights with the same inattention problem...I now fly from the ground with my service dogs.

I know for a fact that both Dan and I have flown dogs on our backs with the hang glider

Harnessed up and ears flapping...

I don't know who loved it more, us or them :-)

I am hoping Dan with all of his airshow contacts can help get the word out to the veterans that come home with ptsd; the owner trained service dog is a life saver.

     

I will use this page to tell of some of our flights and experiences flying together...

 

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This is one of many service dogs that saved my life after my own flying accident.

 

My Flying Stories

 

I have flying stories that would keep me at the keyboard for life...I am glad that they are available instantly with my human brain memory...I now fly Radio Control...my brain injury from my accident prevents me from flying comfortably and safely up there...

 

This is my new aircraft

I also fly this...

Dan...Realflight 5.5...online...lets fly together again...soon...I host the airshow practice airport often...

 

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