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    My Brothers smile

    When I was 16 my Dad got bitten by the Supercub bug and had several over the years. Like many of you, he sat in the back and quietly showed me how to fly his cub. Well sometimes not so quiet. I was a happy boy at age 17 in my dads supercub on floats and the world by the rear end. My younger brother Gary was just as much into the Cubs as I was, but as fate would show him at age 16 he became a Type 1 insulin dependent diabetic, so the pilot liscense was out. He struggled a lot with the disease, and I saw in his eyes the bitterness that he couldnt get a private. He went with me a lot, and still does, and I would let him sit up in the front office on occasion. That was almost 40 years ago. He still goes with me when he can. One of his boyhood dream airplanes like most of us was P51 Mustangs. He just loves them. Hes been to Sun and Fun a couple times to watch them fly, and spent many weekends in Wiscasset Maine when there were a bunch of warbirds hanging around all summer.

    Unknown to me he started a savings account and would rathole a few bucks away over the years. Yesterday he cashed in his account for an hour at Stallion 51 at Kissimmee Fl in the back of Crazy Horse. He has been planning it for years. I dont know what it cost him but the smile on his face is worth a fortune to me. He could barely talk on the phone when he called me.He said Lee Lauderback personally thanked him for flying with them, a class act. Congrats Gary, its not often you get to see a dream come true

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    Been on my "bucket list" for years---But then there is the Corsair---the P-40---and ....well the list goes on. Think my bucket has a few holes in it--so darn difficult to stay focused ---if there is a long wing Piper around--- Way to go Gary !!!!

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    I'm not an expert on the subject but I did a quick search and it appears from what I read that a 3rd class medical is possible with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. Furthermore, the LSA category could easily accept him if my understanding is correct.

    That is awesome! I can say from personal experience that a flight in a P51 is an amazing experience. Nothing I've done before or since has come close to that kind of speed, power, fun and exhilaration. Congrats!!
    Fast or slow, always low, freedom of flight soothes the soul.

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    I bought my father a ride in Crazy Horse for his 60th birthday, you couldn't have gotten the smile off his face if you kicked him in the nuts.
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    What an awesome post, Jim! Thanks very much for sharing this. I needed this today.

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    VERY Nice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CubDriver218 View Post
    I'm not an expert on the subject but I did a quick search and it appears from what I read that a 3rd class medical is possible with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. Furthermore, the LSA category could easily accept him if my understanding is correct.

    That is awesome! I can say from personal experience that a flight in a P51 is an amazing experience. Nothing I've done before or since has come close to that kind of speed, power, fun and exhilaration. Congrats!!

    Without getting into too much of his medical background and history, he really struggled with his diabetes. He had real problems getting himself regulated. He had a couple incidents in his pickup involving phone poles, and a couple times unconscious. He is 100 percent better today with a pump. He knows he could probably make it happen today with basic med, but I think still has his days.

    He he said he and the pilot did a lot of aerobatics which was a blast, but he said the greatest thrill was rolling the throttle in on takeoff and feeling the rolls Royce shake rattle and roar. Perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    Without getting into too much of his medical background and history, he really struggled with his diabetes. He had real problems getting himself regulated. He had a couple incidents in his pickup involving phone poles, and a couple times unconscious. He is 100 percent better today with a pump. He knows he could probably make it happen today with basic med, but I think still has his days.

    He he said he and the pilot did a lot of aerobatics which was a blast, but he said the greatest thrill was rolling the throttle in on takeoff and feeling the rolls Royce shake rattle and roar. Perfect

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    Damn. There's something in my eye. Must be the flurries in Pen Bay tonight...

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    I know the guy that was the first to get a 3rd class with a pump. If you want more info, PM me and I can put you in touch with him. He flies a Franklin powered Stinson so don’t hold that against him.

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    That's the coolest post I've seen in a long time!!! Good for him!!!
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    Some more eye candy from Garys daughter Jenna. Awesomness
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    Wow!​ Five of them in one hangar and not a drop of oil in sight!
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    Jim, This is so awesome!! Thanks for sharing.

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    Those P51s must all have exhaust leaks, everyone who gets in one gets that Gomer Pyle smile



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    Well played Cheeseman. Please note engine appropriate headwear

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    You get a nice video for the handsome check you have to write. This takes on hour to watch, and it's a huge file. Gary has a worse Maine accent than me, some if you Midwest guys won't be able to understand him����

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xades7uye...UAr4PSNua?dl=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    You get a nice video for the handsome check you have to write. This takes on hour to watch, and it's a huge file. Gary has a worse Maine accent than me, some if you Midwest guys won't be able to understand him😄😄

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xades7uye...UAr4PSNua?dl=0

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    I've been hanging out with Douten for over 15 years now. If someone needs a translator let me know.

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    Wow ! Jim, Thank Gary for sharing this with us.​ I had goose bumps for the whole hour.

    I noticed the DS on the side of the fuselage. Doug Schultz was flying as my flight engineer on the 727 when he started this company. His heart wasn't really in the airline flying, fighters were his gig. He later lost his life while flying a Mig during a military training exercise.
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    "less rudder, more stick, it's not a cub" hahahahahahahaha

    "You're hanging on for dear life" Well, gosh, I'm flying a FREAKING P51 MUSTANG for the first time.

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    That was AWESOME!!!

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    Just finished watching the video. Sounds more like a training flight with the CFI. Even I am grinning after watching. That was an awesome flight. Chip

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    I've been hanging out with Douten for over 15 years now. If someone needs a translator let me know.

    Glenn
    sometimes when Gene Veinote is around, I have to get Dan D to translate, now he's a old school mainer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    sometimes when Gene Veinote is around, I have to get Dan D to translate, now he's a old school mainer
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    I just nod alot when talking with Gene

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    "Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you!"

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    Awesome!!

    I am still able to speak in my native accent when called for. I can help translate for you flatlanders. I can even speak Maine Veinote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    Wow ! Jim, Thank Gary for sharing this with us.​ I had goose bumps for the whole hour.

    I noticed the DS on the side of the fuselage. Doug Schultz was flying as my flight engineer on the 727 when he started this company. His heart wasn't really in the airline flying, fighters were his gig. He later lost his life while flying a Mig during a military training exercise.
    well said Pete---Doug flew the right seat with me many times---Top Gun guy if I remember---John F


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    That's my recollection as well John. He once told me that he just applied to the airline for a lark, never expecting to be hired.
    N1PA

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    Concerning the leaks, not sure, but I believe the 'stangs had inlines, not radials !

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwmusgrove View Post
    Concerning the leaks, not sure, but I believe the 'stangs had inlines, not radials !
    Actually V-12​s but that doesn't mean they don't leak.
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    Sorry. Just being sarcastic.

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