PLEASE NOTE: The eighty stories which were published in the Gone Flyin' book have been deleted from this archive file. A listing of these stories, as well as many of the original photographs and some supplemental information, is available at goneflyin.com ,the book website.
There's no sense in letting a few bad days spoil half our year!
Enjoying an easy stretch on the road of life. Includes four pictures.
Cruising in friendly air on a dark winter's night. Includes a picture.
Another sermon that won't be heard beyond the first pew.
Too Pretty for a Picture--10-06-04
Fifty thousand cubic miles of sunset cannot be captured on a mere photograph. includes three other sunset pictures as a consolation!.
Preparations for winter are cast aside to enjoy a soft autumn day. includes four pictures.
Breakfast in the Garden--09-21-04
Flying, like walking in the garden, is best done in the early morning. includes four pictures.
Circus of the Monsters--08-18-04
Mechanical monsters whoop and roar, to the delight of the smaller machines below.
Maybe we have been mooned this summer. includes four pictures.
Warm Raspberry Pie--07-21-04
A slice of heaven is found just down the road from a country airport. includes two pictures.
Old pilots, old airplanes. Not fast but faithful. includes a picture.
Through the days of our lives, there are lots of things to "sweat"; this summer's temperatures are not one of them. includes a picture.
A Salute to the Farmer--06-23-04
An hour spent admiring the work of our farmers brightens a dull week. includes four pictures.
Morning's Glories, Evening's Worries--06-16-04
A glorious showing of morning clouds warns of thunderstorms for the evening. includes three pictures.
I'd like to do lots of flying on my vacation. I'd like to fly someplace different... includes three pictures.
We can't hug a perfect day and hold it forever, but I've kept the memory of this one. includes three pictures.
A Short trip to Paradise--05-19-04
This airpark has lost none of its charm in the thirty years since I first saw it. includes four pictures.
Hurrah for Dull--05-12-04
A dull day means that nothing bad has happened. includes three pictures.
A winning day despite rain, cold, and mud. includes two pictures.
A Parallel Universe--04-07-04
Two pilots, two airplanes, and two completely different ways of having fun. includes two pictures.
Crickets in the Basement--03-30-04
Lots of strange things show up to ride on cargo planes. includes two pictures.
Rambling along on one of the first springtime evenings.
A day when everything went well. includes two pictures
From My Front Porch Lookin'In --02-25-04
The sky and the hills are forever, but little kids grow up so quickly! includes two pictures
Hopelessly snowbound, but rescued by memories. includes two pictures
A sign from above, just as hope was fading. includes a picture
The Briar Patch--01-28-04
Often the gray weather on the ground results in a lovely flight. includes two pictures.
Thank- You, Mr. Paperwork--01-14-04
I fly for free but earn my paycheck by doing all the paperwork.
Feeding a flock of seagulls provides cheap entertainment on a slow day. includes three pictures.
Farewell to a friend and mentor.
Amidst a salute to simple pleasures, an apology for not writing any Plane Talks since mid- summer. includes a picture.
A Different view --04-31-03
Every spring I marvel at the work done by our under- appreciated farmers. includes three pictures
Half- Light --04-16-03
The sights of deep evening evade the camera. ... includes a picture which offers only a hint of what cannot be captured.
The other guys get to go flying, but I have to take the night off.
A Boring Flight, Filled With Delight--02-05-03
A new camera rekindles an appreciation for "everyday" flights. ... includes several pictures
Making a point about having fun. ... includes two pictures
Unusual yard art leds to an interesting visit. ... includes two pictures
I really enjoyed two days of terrible weather at home. ... includes a picture of nothing, as viewed through the windshield
Grandpa, What Did the Sky Used to Look Like?--11-13-02
The old goat chews on a favorite tin can.
More thoughts and observations in my continuing fascination with flight.
The Iceman Cometh--10-30-02
An autumn cold front brings a steely flash from the ice man. ..includes three pictures.
A reverie of night flights that were smoother than the distilled beverage of the same name.
See the USA in Your Chevrolet--9-25-02
A long drive proves much more enjoyable than an airline flight.
The Hot Rod--8-28-02
A simple little ditty about different planes filling different missions.
A town where even pilots can have a ball on their playing fields. ..includes pictures.
A few pleasant surprises on an aimless flight. ..includes two pictures.
A tale of flyin' here, and flyin' there. ..includes a picture.
A Splendid Bounty--7-10-02
Strawberry shortcake is only one of the reasons to go flying in our area.
There are a couple of reasons why I fly; This essay prety well describes one of them. ..includes three pictures.
Thanksgiving should be in the springtime, after the winter. ..includes a picture.
Flying is expensive, but less so than psychotherapy.
Stranded alone in my hangar with a broken airplane while the world flies by, unaware... includes a picture.
"The Iron Man, Revisited--4-26-02
Wilbur is surprised to find everyone is celebrating his 80th birthday when he arrives at the airport. includes a picture
"Timing is Everything--4-19-02
The Company provides me a beautiful ride along the seams of the weather.
"Mudded in" on a beautiful springtime morning.
"The Luck of the draw--3-27-02
Really bad weather is hard to find.
"The Miner's Canary--3-13-02
Aviation holds ominous hints for everyone's future.
"If at First You Don't Succeed"--2-6-02
"I learned about flying from that".
"An Unsettling Picture"--1-30-02
A Gatsbyesque mansion amid tumbledown farms makes the author wonder where we are going. ..includes three pictures.
Faint rainbows circle an airplane's shadow as it skips along the clouds. ..includes a picture.
A one- week return to the Newark run for the busy Christmas season.
"Something Old, Something New"--12-19-01
A classic airplane returns from the brink of death to fly again. ..includes three pictures.
Change is life's only constant, but the changes brought by 9-11 are difficult to put in perspective... includes a picture.
Just one of the differences between recreational and professional flying
"Presumption of innocence"--5-7-01
Its not about flying, but its short.
"The Wright Neighborhood"--3-28-01
Its a big sky, but a small world.
If Sports Illustrated can brighten a slow season with flights of imagination, so can I.
The contemporary view of risk management, and the rise of the Nanny State.
"Plan for the Worst and the Best is Easy"--2-7-01
Just another morning in Paradise.
"A Sunny Windowsill"--1-30-01
A flight doesn't have to be unique to be memorable.....includes two pictures
"Too Cold for Ice"--1-3-01
Just like it can be too cold to snow, it can be too cold for airframe icing.....includes two pictures
Whimsical sounding names fly through ATC's jungle.... includes an illustration
Real airplanes pass overhead with a soft rumble... includes a picture.
It's sad that more people won't expend the effort to learn how to fly.
"An Opportunity is Lost"--6-21-00
Chaff clutters the information age.
"No Place Like Home"--5-31-00
After visiting two other airports, good conversation is found at the home field.
From thunderstorms to the early morning mists, the atmosphere has many faces.
"Young Bulls, Old Bulls, and
The thrills of icing last into April
"Did You Ever Have to Make Up
Daylight Savings Time pushes the morning flight back into darkness.
Idyll sightseeing on an easy morning's flight.
"Afraid of the
Night is not so scary once you learn how to see in the dark.
"It's not just a job, it's an
One good flight always leads to another.
"Of Clouds, Silver Linings, and
a Day's Work"--12-1-99
Nobody has it easy; a different job is just a different set of problems
"Life, through the top
A lazy trip down the river.
Week of July 5, 1999 -- "Art
The Curtiss C-46 seen in a new light... includes two pictures
Week of June 14, 1999 --
Too many numbers, not enough common sense.
Week of June 7, 1999 --
The humble windsock tells us many things about wind and weather, if not life.
Week of May 24, 1999 -- "Back to
Next to a hilltop hayfield airstrip, remnants of the past... Includes a map.
Week of May 10, 1999 -- "Birds
of a Different Feather"
Grounded by honey-dos, the author appreciates the company of other birds
Week of May 3, 1999 -- "Riding
Along on a Carousel"
A clever man shows the world how every communal hangar should be.
Week of April 12, 1999 --
"Aircraft Radio: The Victory of Style Over Substance"
I say again: radios are an accessory, not a necessity
Week of April 5, 1999 -- "Our
A rambling discourse on learning to fly.
Week of March 22, 1999 -- "A
A 1946 Funk is restored in a Tyrone, NY basement.
Week of March 8, 1999 -- "A
Midwinter's Day Dream"
Midwinter plans for next summers flying.
Week of February 22, 1999 --
"Good Days Are Where You Find Them"
There is a lot of good flying weather in the winter... Now includes two pictures, added Aug '02.
Week of February 15, 1999 --
A simple mind wrestles with questions of technology in search of practical application.
Week of February 8, 1999 --
"Let's Go Flying"
There is a lot of good flying in the winter.
Week of February 1, 1999 --
a misaligned landing gear is beaten into submission.
Week of January 25, 1999 --
"The Real Thing"
Flying has always been man's ultimate adventure. Why settle for less?
Week of January 18, 1999 --
The purchase of an old plane includes lots of new friends.
Week of January 11, 1999 --
"The Himrod Round-Up"
AWOL bovines are found in a secluded hollow.
Week of January 4, 1999 --
"Form Versus Substance"
Cessna's center- mounted landing light, for instance.
Week of December 21, 1998 --
"No Such Thing As Perfect Safety"
The up side of accidental death is that you never need depends.
Week of November 16, 1998 ---
Use valve grinding compound to avoid stripping screw heads.
Week of November 9, 1998 ---
A story of our CFI shortage.
First Week of November, 1998
--- "Daddy, Do I Have To Practice Stalls?"
How can someone understand flight if they fear stalls?
First Week of October, 1998
--- "How Can We Call Them Students?"
If students are so inept, howcum they are the ones with the money?
Late September, 1998 ---
"Look But Don't Touch"
A local pilot cavorts among the clouds.
Late April, 1998---"Respect for Elders"
A 1938 Cub magneto has a lesson for today
Late March, 1998---"A comtempt for gadgets"
Gadgets inside the airplane detract from the simple elegance of flight. includes two pictures
Early March, 1998---"Another Withering Skill"
A tailspring repair gives insight to the springmaker's art.
Early February, 1998---"Shakedown Cruise"
The Commonwealth stretches its wings for a few hours on a sunny Sunday in February.
Late January, 1998---"I Hate Aircraft Radios"
Radios in little airplanes are expensive sources of disappointment.