Earlier this year, I was once again dumping/trashing out 'stuff' that I had no need for. Those high cabinets on top of built-in closets in my office, hide the most boring stuff, until it's not. 

Daughter Sutter, response was "Don't do that!" Well, I'm here and she lives in New Zealand with her Kiwi husband, Sean. Uh, yes I will!

Some of those 'items' were old photography equipment: movie cameras, a slide viewer, actual movies (on reels) that Carl's dad made when racing in Transpac events from LA to Honolulu. Sure, they're the real deal, but I don't know anybody who's on those boats. And based on my experience with the Soaring Museum in New York...the Transpac folks don't want any more stuff to stuff into their coffers.

Actually, I never had the privilege of meeting Carl's dad, Dick, who was a Western Air Line's pilot. He was fondly known as Schuey. He and four others were killed in a Western Air Line crash, which was caused by a rudder hydraulic failure. This was a recurrent training exercise, which was required by the FAA.

Wire model of the Flybaby. 
 A portion of the report from the National Transportation Safety Board (complete with spelling errors):
I6.Abstract Flight 366, a Boeing 720B, on a proficiency check flight, yawed and rolled out of control, and crashed while in the process of executing a 3-engine missedmembers and only occupants died in the crash. The weather conditions at Ontario approach from a simulated engine-out ILS instrument approach. The five crew were 600 feet overcast, with 3/4-mile visibility in fog, haze, and smoke. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the aircraft rudder hydraulic actuator support fitting. The failure of the fitting resulted in the inapparent loss Of left rudder control which, under the conditions of this flight, precluded the pilotk ability to maintain directional control during a simlated engine-out missedapproach. The existing weather conditions degraded external visual cues, thereby hampering rapid assessment of aircraft performance by the flight check Captain. 

Schuey was a real craftsman. And he taught his son to be the same...a fine craftsman. In fact, Schuey built a Bower's Flybaby: a single engine land plane with an open cockpit, that was flown by one pilot, wearing a leather helmet  which was wired into the radio. Oh, and yes, you towed it behind a car, with the wings completely flat against the plane's fuselage. That way you could keep it in a hanger or an oversize garage!

So here's the good news. I found some fly-
Painted by Steve Chidester, Carl's brother-in-law.
ing movies and had them transferred onto CDs at Costco. Some of the movies were of Schuey and his buddies flying the Flybaby.

And one of those CDs was taken by me, when I was flying DC4's in Alaska, hauling salmon for various fisheries around Kenai and Anchorage. I definitely proved that I was better at being a co-pilot, than being a movie director/producer.

They are difficult to watch, not only because they are about family, but because I was so bad at filming... anything.

And some more good news....Sutter, who was about 3-4 years old, was happily playing around our living room, during Christmas, with her proud parents. And I was pregnant with Evan.

Live richly, marilyn


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