Dispatch from KTRL, Terrell, Texas: I pull my mixture control knob all the way back, turn the key three clicks to the left to shut off the mags, and reach up to flip the master switch down.
Race 53’s engine doesn’t like to stop running, but finally sputters, coughs, stops. The spinning prop makes one last lazy arc, then is still.
I sit in the hot, damp cockpit, too tired to fully open the doors, unbuckle my seat and shoulder belts, or even remove my headset.
Racing is hard work. [Read more…]