A Seafire at Oshkosh

Maybe not what we your regularly (tongue-in-cheek) publish on WhyFly, but someone pointed me to this little video of a Seafire and its restorer/owner at Oshkosh. Being an old Spitfire fan myself, I just could not resist to share this man’s enthusiasm and knowledge for and of the old lady.…

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Letter From The Editor

Happy Holidays to all our loyal, Why Fly visitors from Michelle Goodeve and me. Right off the top, our sincere thanks to Francois Dumas for keeping Why Fly alive (both technically and content-wise). And right after that – sincere apologies for the overly-long delay in getting Why Fly really moving…

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Happy Holidays !!!

Although things have gone quiet a bit lately, alright MORE than a bit, we are still very much here and preparing for a more lively 2011! We’ll be getting there, for sure 🙂 Meanwhile, Nina, my dear wife of many decades and myself would like to wish all of you…

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Interview With Michelle

Our Editor-at-Large will surely forgive me for posting this short message, but I simply could not let it pass. Our own Michelle was Mrs. Avery in another life, the famous teacher in the also famous tv series Degrassi Junior High. And this weekend the ‘Agony Booth’ website posted an in-depth…

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A Dream Come True

That’s the title of ‘Navman’s’ latest column (click on ‘columns’ along the top of the screen). And yes, we’re continuing WhyFly and celebrate that with this new column! As you may or may not know Nina and yours truly visited the US in October and November and I will be reporting on WhyFly about the aviation part of that visit.

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WhyFly is back alive!

Dear members, supporters and readers, Why Fly’s website was attacked by a Russian made malware virus on August 15th. Together with 10 other sites of the 31 I currently run and manage. It was able to get in because of 3 seconds inattentiveness from yours truly. And it has cost…

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Goodwood Revival Atmosphere

Francois has been visiting Goodwood since 2003, together with his good friend and pilot Didier Keller, and has collected thousands of pictures over time. In the Photo Essay below he aims to provide a taste of the unique atmosphere that is so typical for the autumn flying at Goodwood. Enjoy !

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Oshkosh 2010 Special

Why Fly is proud to present Photo Essays from two of our talented contributors. Roy McMillion is one of our original Charter Contributors. Scott Burris we all know as a fine writer, but we had no idea he was also an excellent photographer. Roy & Scott know each other and…

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Oshkosh 2010 by Roy McMillion

We had a couple of our contributors visit the annual Oshkosh Airventure this year. You already saw Scott Burris’ photos, and here are some of the great shots Roy McMillion made for us! Enjoy ! Use your mouse to click through the photographs below. (Not sure how to use the…

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Arlington Fly-in Report

Regular visitors to Why Fly will know all about Glenn Mathews, but now it’s time for his wife to shine. Kate Beckett has been putting her camera to good use as of late, and has kindly agreed to share some of her Images with Why Fly. We’re pleased, and proud, to welcome out latest Contributor to “The Why Fly Family.” Here’s Kate’s first Photo Essay of the recent Fly-In at Arlington, Washington, U.S.A.

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From the Editor’s Desk

‘Acting as Glenn’ I just wanted to make sure you are aware of the new content we’ve posted over the past weeks, even though it is summer time and some of us are traveling or busy in other ways. But first of all let us thank you for coming back…

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Dirty Hands and Broken Backs

It started with a puff of smoke.  The port engine was failing.  The pilot noticed its oil pressure dropping, temperature rising and rpm fluctuating.   The engine was in danger of destroying itself and taking the aircraft down with it; the plane rolled violently to the left. It was a textbook…

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From The Editor’s Desk

As some of you will have noticed, there appears to have been a dearth of new material during the past week.

Sincere apologies. Our I.T. Director (C.O.O. & Co-Pilot) François Dumas is on vacation in Italy, and the briefings he gave before departing don’t appear to have sunk in.

I can say this with some confidence after spending 3 hours trying to post my latest “Fearless” column and about the same time attempting to update the “Update!” box on the right.


a) François got in touch from Italy and straightened out my column. (Click on the “Columns” tab above, then slide right from “Fearless” to “Virtually Flying” {a tribute to our Flight Sim Members}.)

b) François should be back at his summer home in France Sunday evening, so we should be “returning to normal” in the early part of next week.

Meanwhile, as I have learned how to “Post,” I’ll take this opportunity to let you know what’s been recently updated, what’s about to be posted, and what’s “Coming Soon.”

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Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear (Episode 16) “The Winter Wonderland Flying Circus”

In Episode #16: Originally planned as “Enter Richard Bach,” Glenn changed the title to “The Winter Wonderland Flying Circus” for reasons which will soon become obvious. The original title will now apply to a later Episode, when Richard really did enter Glenn & Michelle’s lives in a most unusual way. But right now – let’s go Barnstorming … in the Canadian winter!

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When I was a kid, back when my dearest wish was to be tall enough to reach the rudder pedals, I hung around the old Navy hangar at Ottumwa, Iowa. Yep, the Navy had a facility deep in the waves of corn once upon the time of the Greatest Generation.

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