Manta_Dreaming wrote:I've heard that many times after such an accident pilots quit flying.
I pounded in back in the 70s, while test flying a wing with an experimental modification to the leading edges. I knocked out several teeth, tore my nose half off, (they were able to stich it back on,) stitches in both lower lip and chin, oh...almost forgot about the stick that penetrated into my left knee from the outside, went under the knee cap, where it took out half of a tendon and then punched out the otherside. (You know, kind of like one of those joke arrows that look like they go through the wearers head.) I hobbled around for several months healing up. The doctor released me at 12 noon. and by 1:30 I was at launch, set up and ready to go for it again. I was well past the abort point and committed to launch, the damaged knee gave out,
I fell into my harness and dove over the edge, but as they say, all's well that ends well.
I went in to the doctor at the VA last month to get my tri-monthly knee injections (and a fresh supply of oxycontin) he commented as he slipped the needle into the knee joint that my left kneecap is not in the correct position hmmm, I wonder how that happened
To fly again after escapeing a brush with death all boils down to how badly a pilot wants to fly or how bad his addiction to the sky is. Me, I'm a full blown air junky (and I need a fix real bad right now
). I am pushing 60 and my old broke back can’t handle the weight of a blade wing (I so wanted to fly a T-2). I am going to have to step down to a lighter glider...if I have to, I will fly a Falcon.
There was a suggestion (from the wife) that I quit. I explained her options to her…1 - let me go flying, or, 2 - let me go. There is no 3
Looking for a Sport-2 155, anyone got one for sale???
I have cash money in hand….
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