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May 3rd, 2013 by Warren Swil

LA Times desk editor shares what it’s like
to fly over Puget Sound in an experimental plane

MY FRIEND, Steve Devol – who works at what used to be known as Times-Mirror Square in downtown Los Angeles – a few minutes ago published on youTube a brilliant 2:48 video clip of his flight with Bill Jepson over Puget Sound  on Wednesday.

The view from the co-pilot’s seat. Video photography by Steve Devol, aka Genius. Used with credit under Creative Commons license.

Talk about a tight deadline.
Watch it yourself. Click here.
Steve describes it on youTube himself (and, I quote):
“Bill Jepson flew me in his Kitfox plane from an
airstrip east of Kirkland out to the airport at Port
Townsend, and back via north Seattle,
Snoqualmie Falls and Mt. Si.”


What Steve omits (but reveals in titles overlaid on the video) is that the Kitfox is an experimental aircraft. Didn’t that make you just the tiniest bit nervous, Steve?
What an awesome experience. I’m jealous.

(Click on any of the images in this post to go to Steve’s video.

A few minutes from touchdown. It was as smooth as silk. Video image by Steve Devol, aka Genius. Used with credit under Creative Commons license.

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS ago, I also had the fun of flying in a single engine aircraft, but my trip originated at Oceanside, CA airport.
I was a reporter at the time for the Oceanside Blade-Tribune (now part of the Manchester-owned North County Times.)
Some stunt pilot won an award for something. I was assigned to do the story. Once airborne, his hands and feet still firmly on the controls, he turned over piloting duty to me!
Holy cow!
Then he said: “Why don’t you bring her in for a landing?”
I am sure my knuckles gripped the control wheel that operates the ailerons and the roll axis so tightly they turned snow white – same color as my face (ha!).
As we were crossing the fence to the airfield, our altitude about 30 feet, the pilot looked at me, grinned and said:“I think I better take over. You’re gonna’ land her six feet under the runway.”



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