Long Agp, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away…
When I was a little girl, (maybe 8 or so?) Mom took me to an airshow. The Blue Angels were there! Amazed by the pretty, blue rings that came out of the engines and the fantastic maneuvers, I was hooked on flying from that day. With little, pastel autograph book in hand; I was so ***IN LOVE ***with the handsome, Blue Angel jet pilots as they signed the pages. Of course, I wanted to marry a Blue Angel, that never happened, but a girl can dream! Bwahaha
Later, in the 90’s, while taking lessons out of RYN, my CFI and I flew to an uncontrolled airport outside of TUS, (can’t remember the name). Patty Wagstaff and the AFLAC crew were rehearsing for an upcoming show. She was flying the Extra I believe, and I saw her cut a ribbon at 22 ft AGL, for starters. After she landed, I wanted to talk to her SO BAD, and got the chance. In those days, she had blazing red hair. I asked her to autograph my log book, and told her I was still in lessons and nervous at times doing the emergency maneuvers. Here is what she said to me. “There isn’t anything in aviation that you can’t do. So go out there and get your shirt tail cut off! You’re a Redhead girl, you CAN do this!” Then she gave me a big hug!
I was so inspired by her, as we flew out, I made a non, standard-rate turn into the pattern after takeoff. My CFI said, in his stern CFI voice: “Alright, Patty… this is a CESSNA, not an EXTRA, I don’t want to see that again”. Then he snickered
Patty is my role model…I wish I could tell her I got to fly a Marchetti, she would be so proud!
From that day forward, I would take my log book on Commerical flights and send it up to the cockpit with the flight attendants. Now, I have a wonderful collection of inspirational messages from Captains and Officers of various airlines that I will cherish forever.
CAVU Skies Everyone! What’s your story?