Gone Flying . . .
|Our own Kristen Armstrong was up in the
air yesterday, taking a flying lesson in Leesburg as part of an effort
by the nation's general-aviation industry to encourage people to become
The flight originally was scheduled for last Friday, but with the rainstorms, it was postponed.
Kristen will have a story coming out of it, and we'll see how she liked it. She's a trouper - game for any new adventure.
In previous years, longtime reporter Ryan Self went up for a lesson, and I think reporter Ryan Moore flew in a restored World War II fighter plane for a story years back (whether he was working for the Sun Gazette or the Journal at the time, I don't recall).
I didn't get to pilot it, but one time I did get to fly in a restored B-29 Superfortress. Quite the ride!
I was on assignment with the late, great Madelyn Marzani of Middleburg Life at the time; she put up a stink (as was her occasional wont) when told she had to sign a waiver of liability in order to fly. Finally, she acquiesced. We lived, and got quite an experience out of it.