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BTW, as much as I loved Glenn, his is a different lesson. Yes, he was dedicated to perfecting his flying skills, and he was a great stick. He had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a mind second to none. His lesson though is one I already knew, but hadn't experienced quite so close to my heart. No matter how quick a study you might be, if your net worth allows you to advance rapidly through the ranks of airframes, you begin rolling the dice. Non military trained pilots flying sophisticated high performance military airframes....actuarially, well read the NTSB reports. Add simple formation work, the odds tick up, add precision formation work ++, add air show formation work where schedules and the excitement surrounding showmanship enter in ++++. Move into increasingly high performance airframes where the margin for error is about as thick as a laminated checklist.
God bless the guys who calculate and accept that level of risk, we love watching them, and it's exciting/rarified air that they breathe, but we are all very familiar with how it ends eventually. Not being morose, just realistic.