I remember the first time I ever saw a small airplane. It was a V-tailed Beech Bonanza on a turntable at the local county fair. It's red beacon flashing in the dusk light it turned round and round and my head spun with dreams of learning to fly
an aircraft myself. When I grew up there was no television, so we would huddle around the tube radio in the evening and listen to shows like "The Green Hornet", "The Shadow" and "The Lone Ranger". The first tv in our neighborhood was a couple doors down, and we would gather outside the living room bay window and watch Friday night fights. Soon enough my father bought us a tv, and there was Sky King and his Cessna Bamboo Bomber, later replaced by the straight tailed Cessna 310. It seemed there were all kinds of tv shows about flying, from Arthur Godfrey in a Douglas DC-3 to Bob Cummings flying a Beech 18.
I was hooked! But problem ... we were poor, my mother had died, I had five sisters and Dad informed me I must leave when I graduate from high school. What's next? The Air Force of course! But not as a pilot, rather as a Russian language specialist - however, I was able to get my Private Pilot's license in Texas from a local flying school. My flying career was finally launched! The truth is all good things in my life have come from aviation. I taught my future wife how to fly, ran a small corporate flight operation, built an aviation insurance agency which I sold in 2004, and I still get to fly today. If you get the chance take a chance and learn to fly - you won't regret it! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Nothing will ever equal that moment of exhilaration which filled my whole being when I felt myself flying away from the earth. It was not mere pleasure; it was perfect bliss...
— Prof. Jacques Alexandre Cesare Charles, first free flight in a manned hydrogen balloon, December 1, 1783. Note: the exact adjective used by Prof. Charles to describe his emotions in French is not "exhilaration" but "hilarite'," which can be translated as ecstasy, exhilaration, joy and/or excitement.