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Son of the Best Taildraggers

Maybe this should be titled the rest of the best taildraggers … that I’ve flown. Or not. How ’bout, “Son of the Best Taildraggers.” Gentle Reader. On Tuesday, 30May22, Laurel and I leave for our first holiday since the tRump

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The Best Taildraggers

Okay, the best taildraggers that I’ve ever flown is probably more accurate. I won’t be talking about those plastic abominations currently being built using variations on the name “Cub”. I’ve seen the performance numbers, and I’m sure they’re accurate –

Posted in Ramblings

Pilot Humor

Every occupation has its own humor. Pilot humor comes in many forms, much of it fatalistic. Here are some of my favorites. Q: “At a party, how can you tell who’s a pilot?” A: “You won’t have to. He’ll tell

Posted in Whimsy

Stephen Aloysius O’Daly – me Sainted Oirish Fadder

Sure, my last name is O’Daly – or might have been had I’d been born in the south and west of Cork, where all the failed rebellions against the frkng brits began. “O’ ” means “Son of,” in Oirland. (Which

Posted in Personalities

Plan for the Future

I dunno about y’all, but I never had a plan for the future – which, I believe, is a thing rarely, if ever, admitted to by those who become very successful in their chosen, carefully-planned careers. My Mother once asked

Posted in Aviation Stories

Jeanne Daly Salacinski

Today, as I write this, is December 1, 2021. My sister, Jeanne Daly Salacinski, was born on this date, seventy-one years ago. Unfortunately I can’t celebrate her birthday with her because frkng cancer killed her twenty years ago. I frkng

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Happy Tanxgiving, 2021

On November1, 2021, I got my booster COVID-19 shot. The only way I could be more shatterproof would be to have already gotten COVID-19 and successfully recovered. Of course, at my advanced age – and blessed with coronary artery disease

Posted in Rants

Paddy Moloney Is Dead

Paddy Moloney is dead, and the world is a sadder place. I know, I know, this is supposed to be a blog about aviation and I doubt that Paddy Moloney had any connection to aviation, except as a passenger flying

Posted in Ramblings

Learn How to Fly a Taildragger with Me

It would appear that the superior vaccination stats in San Diego County (except for those MAGAt morons living east and northeast) has improved my chances of not catching COVID-19. Recent (I started this on 9/22) news reports indicate that the

Posted in Rants, Training Topics

Not The Freeway, Dummy

This late August rant comes courtesy of the dummy flying a Cherokee-6 who landed on the I-5 freeway on August 24th. The freeway? Really? Oh, yeah – and as things happen when dummies experience engine failures – it was just

Posted in Rants, Training Topics