Re: The Pilot

Douglas R. Jones (
Fri, 12 Jan 1996 10:54:52 -0600

>This may sound corny, but sometimes when I'm alone walking around and
>admiring my WW-I R/C models, I lean over and peer through cabane struts to
>see what the pilot sees over the Spandaus and Vickers. Often during these
>nostagic trips, I try to imagine what it must have been like to fly one of
>these fabulous airplanes in the Great War and how those pilots felt.
>Especiallly, those hundreds who spun to the earth in flames. I suppose my
>imagination got the best of me one rainy, cold night and I wrote this poem.
>I often wonder if other WW-I Modelers ever feel the way. And, if there are
>those of you who do, I'd like to share this with you.

Doc! Wow! Nice work! And no it isn't corny. I know I do it too. I had the
great thrill of sitting in Brian Coughlins D-VIII in 1994. Talk about a
thrill. Holding the stick in your hand, working the elevator and ailerons.
Kicking the rudder around. Looking through the cabanes and down the nose,
sighting the guns! Imagining an enemy aircraft in your sights! It is an
experience I won't forget.

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