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Dec 27, 2017, 10:55 AM
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New Plane as a Christmas Present: The PT-17


For Christmas this year, my wife purchased an E-Flite PT-17 for me. This is significant, because a year ago, after my wife and I had lost a bunch of weight, we went on a few adventures. One of these was her purchasing a ride for me in a PT-19 that turned into me flying the plane for 30 minutes. She had briefed the pilot before I was told of the flight that I was also a pilot. Once in the cockpit, the pilot asked me if I'd ever flown a biplane before. I told him I had not. He asked if I'd flown a tail-dragger before, and I told him that I did. So, he told me that once we were 100 feet off the ground, the plane was mine. Sure enough, he handed control over to me 100' off the ground, and I flew the plane for the entire flight except for the final landing. I flew us all the way to final approach.

It was a great experience, and the pilot commented that my flying skills were remarkably good, and he'd never have guessed I never flew a biplane before. He taught me how to do some tight maneuvers which I then performed well. It was a great and memorable experience.

I get to relive those memories now with this smaller version of the plane. I've not yet decided if I'm going to re-paint/number the plane with the same markings as the full-scale plane I flew, but for now, she's pretty enough as-is. I have not yet had an opportunity to maiden her, but I plan on doing so this coming weekend (weather permitting).

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