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Glenn Norman, Michelle Goodeve, and Francois Dumas
The higher you climb, the more you can see. Climb high enough at night, and you just might come across a few old friends too. Aviation meets astronomy in this short, stirring story by David Cechanowicz.
For Part 2 of Michelle Goodeve’s photo essay on unique Canadian aviation events last summer, she focused her lens on Canadian Aviation Heritage Museum’s “Flyfest.” A nice mix of static displays and aerial shots, the essay includes photos of one of the only two Lancaster bombers still flying!
In Part Two of Glenn Norman’s cautionary tale of an ultralight crash, what goes up finally comes down … and it isn’t pretty. After a disorienting inverted journey back to earth (and a trip to the hospital) our hero finds himself wondering, “What now?” The surprising answer comes two days later aloft in a borrowed Cessna 150. Sometimes, he learns, it takes almost losing everything to realize what matters most.
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.
Every airplane has a story. When you know it, it makes the flying even sweeter.
A story can take a reader any where, anywhen it likes. One cold winter night Rob Bach sat down at the keyboard and typed out this story, which is guaranteed to transport you to Blakesburg, Iowa on a hot summer day. Flyins (and memories of flyins) are like that.
A hiker stumbles upon a tin-roofed shack and takes a journey back through the years in this soul-stirring short story by Bette Bach-Fineman.
After snagging a groundhog hole with her tailwheel, it took Michelle Goodeve five years to get her Pietenpol back in the air. Glenn Norman captured one of the flights from the ground, and crafted a stunning photo essay that captures the spirit and determination of a pilot who lives to fly.
Jonathan Bach knows many pilots, yet has only eight hours of loggable time of his own. Is he a pilot? He certainly has enough time in the air to understand why his friends and family climb into the cockpit. But it’s his interactions on the ground that keep his own interest in aviation alive.
Last summer, Michelle Goodeve attended three aeronautical anomalies, all located in Canada’s “Golden Horseshoe” surrounding the western edge of Lake Ontario. She took A LOT of pictures. Here’s Part 1 of her photo essay on Canadian Air & Space Museum’s “Wings & Wheels Festival,” shot in and around the historic de Havilland factory at Toronto’s Downsview Airport.
An exclusive excerpt from Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s “Flyfest 2009″ DVD, shot by Fearless Widget Productions. If you like airplanes (especially of the Canadian variety), you’ll love this.
On a cold winter night, David Cechanowicz climbs into his Piper Saratoga in search of warmth and a moment to make it all worthwhile.
Roy McMillion’s first submissions to Why Fly convey his intention as a photographer. “I try not just to capture an image of an aircraft,” he says, “but bring the aircraft into a context that tells a story, or even better, lets the viewer create their own story.”
With an airline pilot father and a stewardess mother, aviation is in Why Fly co-founder Hal Bryan’s blood. He grew up playing with toy airplanes and lived on an airstrip. While he can wax philosophical with the best of us, in the end, Hal flies for a reason that defies explanation at all.
We typically have no say in what our nicknames are. Glenn Norman received his at the start of the “1927 Trans-Continental Air Dash (of 1972).” The incident involved an airplane (a bunch of them, actually), but on the ground. Add a bull-headed Air Force Base Commander to the mix and you have the beginnings of a great story.
Ask most pilots about their most significant flight, and most will tell you about their first solo. Mike Singer’s most significant flight came years later … and provided him with an unexpected glimpse into why he started flying in the first place.
Glenn Norman says he learned to fly because of the letter “B.” He also says he’s not superstitious. And yet, when you consider the number of places and people whose names begin with “B” that have played a pivotal role in his aviation life, you have to admit that something weird is going on.
When we asked our friend Russ Munson for his thoughts on Why Fly, we didn’t expect him to capture the essence of our vision quite this well.
A stunning self portrait by a legendary aviation photographer. Russell Munson’s first Why Fly submission epitomizes the experience of flight.
The Tiger Boys and Girl is a short documentary film by Tom Vetter & Joey Giovenco of TVRE Productions in Buffalo, N.Y. Their footage is as simplistically moving as the subject: old airplanes and a group of friends who love to fly them.