Depends on What You’re Flying With.


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We all know about the Wright brothers. Oroville and Wilbur were either two insane individuals or visionaries. Probably a combination.

They were not the first to consider the effects of flight or the last. There was the myth of Daedalus and Icarus.  The story of a man and his son who made wings from feathers and wax. Icarus flew to close to the sun and his wings melted. Icarus’  beautiful flight tragically ended as he plummeted to the sea.

Recently, I attended the memorial of a dear cousin. My cousin from a young age had a fixation on mechanical things and aviation. One day he experimented with the laws of aerodynamics and the laws of gravity. He equipped his five-year old sister with a very large umbrella and instructed her to hold on tight as she jumped from the roof of the house. His sister jumped and saw that gravity is a stronger law than aerodynamics as she became one with the ground.

My cousin continued experimenting with  small machines that were intended to fly out of mower engines and the like. Finally he gave up on creating his own flying machine and took to the air in machines constructed by Cessna and Lear. I used to fly with him when I was a kid and even though he would pull some stunt flying he always did it safely. Over the years – He had some near misses with weather and guerillas.

I was impressed by the number of lives  saved because of this one man who would fly donor organs all over the nation – no matter the weather.

Of all his passengers,  his sister (at five ) was the only one who ever sustained injuries. She never flew with an umbrella again but she had plenty of delightful memories with her brother the pilot who saved lives.

Thanks Taygete05 for the photo


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8 Comments

  1. great article…moral of the story…don’t jump off a building if your sibling asks you to.

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  2. my husband did a similar trick as a kid. apparently his folks gave him a little parachute when he was five. he strapped it on and jumped off the roof, thereby breaking his arm. doh!

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  3. smiles. i always dreamed of flying as a kid…i think we tried the umbrella as well…and large things like kites, but we never quite got off the ground. smiles.

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  4. Hey, what an interesting account, so when was his memorial? That’s sad, really sorry to hear that. Hey I just emailed you, (well last night actually) check your emails when you have a mo…
    Hilxxx

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  5. this is very interesting.
    Its good to hear his sister was ok in the end.
    I suppose at that age kids dont really realise the risks.
    Sounds like a real hero

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  6. It is good to know of such people when the world seem preoccupied with those determined to do harm to others…it brings the hope back into my day….thank you for sharing your memories of your cousin.

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