To Tom Norton: I am Sally, Scott’s daughter, child number five of six. Now that I am done crying, may I say how very grateful I am to you for writing that article (“NTSB: Lack of weather update killed Crossfield; Final report cites ATC failure to advise, Crossfield failure to ask,” Oct. 19, 2007 issue). I will never in my life, I think, be able to find the words to express how that NTSB report makes me feel. Either you’ve obtained their actual documentation, as I have, or you are much more intuitive and intelligent than the average Joe (I, of course, do not include Dad’s fabulous circle of friends in this group). You’ve also probably read some of the horrid stuff that’s come out about Dad since that “report.”
Ace Aerobatic School, founded by William K. Kershner, closed on the day of his death, Jan. 8, 2007. Catherine Cavagnaro, highly thought of by my father as a pilot and aerobatic instructor, has her own school, Sewanee Aerobatic School.
No airplane is ever in zero gravity!
I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to fly my 1946 Luscombe 8A about an hour before dark. I put in five gallons. I had maybe two or three gallons in it already. I figured I would be in the air only about 30 minutes, so I reasoned I was good for about one and a half hours.
In Letters to the Editor of your Oct. 19 issue, Lou Drendal commented on Meg Godlewski’s article about the 35-ship formation at Oshkosh in your Aug. 24 issue (“The largest OSH formation?”). He suggested that I was “not even close to correct” when I said it “was the largest formation ever at Oshkosh.” He cited several larger formations of T-34 and T-6 aircraft. He even included a picture of the 1999 T-34 61-ship formation.
Regarding the highest number of airplanes flown into Oshkosh, read “The Cessna 120/140 Story Book” by Dorchen Forman for a number never to be duplicated by one kind of civilian plane: 163 Cessna 120s, 140s and 140As flew in a trail into Oshkosh. All one kind of plane, within 15 horsepower of each other — and they did it safely.
As an environmental health physician I’m aware of the association between noise exposure and high blood pressure (hypertension). People exposed to noise are more likely to have hypertension. European researchers have identified more hypertension in those who live near airports.
I just want to share an experience I had in September of this year. I traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to see a replica of the 1911 Wright “B” Flyer aircraft and the museum that is at the Dayton Wright Bros. Airport. I understood that under certain conditions there was a chance of flying in the Wright Flyer, and that made the 900-mile trip worth it.
I believe Paul McBride may have given some bad advice regarding not pulling the prop through on engines that are not being used regularly (“Ask Paul: Prepare your plane for winter,” Nov. 9 issue). Unless Teledyne Continental Motors changed its policy recently, it “requires” the prop be pulled through every seven days or the warranty is void. Lycoming may have a different policy.
Can someone please help? I know of a crashed American DC-3 in the jungles of New Guinea and wish to know where we might find the plate with the manufacturer’s details and the aircraft serial number.