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It is a pleasure to see this article on the website. A few days before AirVenture 2001, I received my copy of Flying Magazine that contained this article. As I read the article, I felt that Lane's words perfectly summed up the way I feel about our history, and our veterans. Her words were clearly from the heart of someone who has a true appreciation of our aviation heritage, and more importantly, the people involved. The longer I read, the more it hit home, for my father is of the generation Lane speaks of. I finished the article, put down the magazine and cleared a lump from my throat. I said, "I've got to meet this person." Little did I know that I would. At AirVenture a friend and I almost literally walked into Lane at the EAA Wearhouse. I had the pleasure of talking with Lane for a while, and I can honestly say that this chance meeting was one of the major highlights of the convention for me. As long as Lane writes for Flying, I'll continue subscribing.
I was looking for something to read last night and found the April issue in the break room. (Large airline B check facility, I'm down the hall in engineering) I was just crusing along enjoying the mag and then I hit Lane's "The Real McCoy", her experience at the Air and Space Museum Paul Garber Facility. Wow!
I must say I love airplanes. And I really love old airplanes and the tears just rolled as I read. Her descriptions put me beside her the whole way. What a special treat for her to actually sit in Earhart's Vega. Thanks to Lane, I got to sit there too.
Wally, Cessna 150 driver.
She's no Gordon Baxter, but she writes well, even though her prose is a bit purple at times.
The one thing that drives me nuts is something that's true of almost all aviation writers nowadays: aviation, like soilent green, is made of PEOPLE. Lane cannot describe people. Neither could Robert Taylor paint them, but the airplanes sure looked cool. She's a recounter, not a story teller. Then again story telling, while still rich in the South and in Alaska, is a dying artform in the United States. As oratory was murdered by the sound bite, story telling perised with mobility.
Some story tellers in aviation, with people in them, exist but remain obscure. Deb McFarlane who writes Short Final for the Southern Aviator is one. Oddly, Paul Berge who's the editor of IFR is another. You can find Paul's stories at www.ailerona.com. Problem here is that his stories are on CD, but the site has a sample. Problem with the sample is that you can forget about downloading it if you don't have broadband....it's HUGE.
You can find Deb's work at www.southern-aviator.com/editorial/column.lasso?-token.author=Deborah%20....
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