Writer-pilot Bob Buck, in his memoir North Star Over My Shoulder, described his first flight in IMC. It was 1930, and Buck, still a teenager, was flying his Pitcairn Mailwing biplane with the first "blind flying" instruments. As he lined up for takeoff, he muttered to himself, "Well, here goes nothing," and climbed tensely into the milky overcast. On the experience of leveling off at 3,000 feet, he wrote: "…despite the worry, a feeling of comfort edged its way in. I was well above the ground, not down near trees and hills trying to hedge-hop in bad visibility wondering where the next dangerous obstruction was — no, up here I was safe. I slid back further in the seat and gradually relaxed, felt as though the whiteness was protecting me. It was a remarkable, exciting awakening, a feeling of accomplishment and progress."