In this little video you’ll see how Steve Grey flies the Tiger Boys’ Sindlinger 5/8 Scale Hurricane built by Harry Lasachuck.
Since I am now part of the Why Fly Team, I might as well bore you, our readers, with my own little column. And please don’t expect me to turn out literary miracles like Michelle or Glenn. First, English is not my mother tongue. Second, I am not a licensed pilot. Fortunately Glenn IS a licensed pilot and also a licensed Editor. So he’ll cut my blabbering in half and present you with the remainder. Or not, as the case may be.
Pilots tend to focus on their first solo flight as the event that changes everything. There’s an argument to made though that the real milestone is when you simply take the controls for the first time, and experience the thrills of controlling an airplane for yourself. A lifelong aviation fanatic, François Dumas was pretty excited when he took his first flight—in a jet—in 1985. But when he actually got some stick time in an Aviasud Mistral ultralight a few years later, well … that was really flying!
It doesn’t take much to spark a child’s imagination. François A. “Navman” Dumas has spent 50 years gazing at airplanes, reading about airplanes, building model airplanes, and learning to fly real ones. It all started rather simply, with a toy airplane milled out of steel.