Flight Chops: What Happens When a Modern Pilot Flies the Traditional Way?

Hitting the sky in a 1942 Stearman with none of today’s fancy digital navigation tools.

One of the reasons that Steve Thorne's Flight Chops video channel has become so successful is that he's a digital pilot for a digital age. As he told us recently, it wasn't until modern tools like the iPad and its bevy of flight-related apps came along that he felt like he could hit the sky and immerse himself in any and every aircraft he could find. However, that doesn't mean he's not willing to try things the old-fashioned way every now and then.

In this Throwback Thursday edition of Flight Chops, Thorne hits the sky in Dennis Simo’s 1942 Boeing PT-13/A75 Stearman, affectionately known as Miss Delish. A weekend warrior’s cross-country flight with nothing but paper – what could possibly go wrong?

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