Why have this Flying Visit thing?
Enjoyed 14F Squadron Air Training Corps at Northolt, until emigrating to Australia in early 1964. ATC was excellent, fired a .303 rifle, sat in a DH Chipmunk while the RAF pilot did aerobatics. This highlighted an ineptitude for the dreamed-of somersaulting through the air! My eyes would have failed me anyway. The Rolling Stones sang that “you can’t always get what you want.” I hear that Buddha realised that desire for what you don’t have, leads to unhappiness.
No, I’m not a Buddhist, but I have learnt to accept what I do have.
Something else I’ve learnt, is that it’s difficult to enjoy what you do have unless you can share it with someone; hence this project.
My previous profession involved a fair degree of training both clients and staff. Telling someone that 2 and 3 make 5, spoils opportunity; better to consider as well: 8, 9, 23, 32, 1, -1, 6, 2/3 and 1 1/2. That enables the student to think when they come across a situation. I also like to look at alternatives; how could I use this dumped washing machine? This software is for “X”, but what else can it do? And as for words, well, that’s “Wonkypedia.”
And the Museum?
As a youngster, I couldn’t really fathom “It is better to give than to receive.” I LOVED receiving! These days, I sincerely get more pleasure from giving or helping. Yet I do like to receive things I’ve acquired for myself! This partly explains my museum. Again, the pleasure is doubled whenever a visitor shows genuine interest. Whether it’s discussing with another enthusiast, or explaining to a newcomer to aviation, just talking about it is great.
Having grown up in hearing distance of Northolt airport, (UK), and daily watching the prop transport traffic, I could not help but be attracted to aircraft. Though I never had the physical or mental attributes to become air force aircrew, the desire to fly has never left. I thought how wonderful it would be, flying in the sunshine above the seemingly constant clouds. In my 50’s, I commenced flying lessons, but did not stay on to qualify. These days, I content myself with simulators and collectibles. (It’s too windy for R.C.! ) Hope you enjoy your “Flying Visit.”