Ian Twombly

Sure, I can do that

April 11, 2008 by Ian J. Twombly, Associate Editor

There’s something about every activity with which we involve ourselves, that around the period shortly after becoming certificated or being allowed to do it alone, we feel like we can do anything. Invincible.

I remember as a kid being just fascinated with airshows, as I’m sure most of us were. I remember Sean D. Tucker hanging vertical on his prop sliding back and forth for the crowd. Amazing stuff. But then I became a pilot.

It was around the time I was checked out in an Archer that I thought I could do it all. Hang on that prop like Tucker? How hard can that be? Simple stuff, right? But then something changes when you get a taste. In 2003 I did my first stint in aerobatics with a Cap 10B. Great airplane. From that point on I had a new appreciation for airshow pilots and everything they put their machines through.

Yesterday that was confirmed for me again when we were watching the Air Force Thunderbirds practice. Having received some basic training in formation recently, I look upon the men and women in blue differently now. I guess that’s why they say things come full circle.


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