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| p.1 #17 · Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel |
Those shots really show some of the intricate detail that was put into the Hughes Replica. What a shame, of course more for the loss of the man, the visionary man responsible for it's creation. Then for the loss of such a beautiful creation. We pilots/builders are a funny group, we spend thousands of hours creating these beautiful winged machines and in the process, sometimes we forget that they are machines and they don't have the emotional involvement with us that we have come to feel with them. No matter the time we've spent thinking, inventing, creating them from raw materials, we can't succumb to the familiarity we've gained during their gestation, we have to force ourselves to view them as machines, and machines that will kill us in the blink of an eye at the first dropping of our guard. I guess in some weird way, that's part of the romance and intrigue, part of the adventure. You've got to admit, to the average folk in this world, a person who fabricates a machine the single purpose of which is to lift him or her to the clouds, is somewhat of an eccentric adventurer, even today.
I'm sure you realize that your photos here were taken one year and one day before Jim Wright lost his life his H-1. Aviation history is filled with ironies.