Descent

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Descent Venus, from six miles high, shines brighter than the landing lights of a passing jet.  The milky-way, and occasionally the northern lights look resplendent against a deep night sky.  Astronomers say Venus shines brightly because dense clouds in its atmosphere reflect the sunlight.  They also describe an environment completely inhospitable due to a surface temperature...
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Aerobatics

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Observations from the Cockpit Reality from a Higher Perspective   Aerobatics Four wings, fabric and lacing, steel, wood, rubber and wire; a handcrafted conglomeration of effort and hope; a personal creation, given life by designers and craftsmen; hardly the sort of thing you wear, but after squirming into the cockpit and buckling three straps of the parachute, seven...
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The Hovercraft – “He Said” version

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For the Children It began with too many projects.  We’d subdivided the old farmhouse property, sold the old house and built our new place out back.  We moved in, but much work remained, inside and out.  The new house shared space with the shop, still full of an unfinished airplane project, the Pitts.  Yet another project, a wooden seaplane, graced the garage of our new home....
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Building a Pitts Model 12 Aerobatic Biplane (7 year project)

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Lewis built this beautiful Pitts Model 12 aerobatic biplane.  The project took seven years to complete.  While building this project he was also building a house and writing a book.  The plane has now been flying for 10 years and going strong. This is our daughter Sarah demonstrating how it feels to fly aerobatics in the Pitts.
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The Cricri: Adventures in the Smallest Twin Engine Airplane in the World

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  Cricri: Adventures in the Smallest Airplane in the World When questioned about my aviation background, the easiest answer follows the line “I’ve always been interested in airplanes.”  If pressed further, my thoughts fragment into a million different beginnings and leave me splashing about in memory, doggedly trying to locate the headwaters of a river in a rainfores...
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