Any one who has been reading Flying for more than 10 years would remember Len's column "Vectors" That would be one of the first columns I would flip to in the back.
For those who had not heard of him he was a retired Braniff 747 driver who wrote for Flying magazine. He always had great stories about his flying experiences from his military and airline flying.
Although he was American he learned to fly in Canada with the RCAF during WWII. As the USAAF required a secondary education I believe he said. He always wrote highly of Canada and RCAF.
I was allways great to read columns he will be missed...
I did not see any threads about this if it had been mentioned before my apology
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Sorry to hear about Len Morgan, he was an incredible guy.
The one story I remembered the most, was how he got his first civilian flying job after the war, when He showed-up on the ramp of an airline flying a surplus P51 he bought from the air force.
Do yourself a favour, and read _Fate is the Hunter_ by Ernie Gann and _A Gift Of Wings_ by Richard Bach. They won't cost you very much, but they will help you develop perspective on the history of what it is that we do.
I don't suppose hardly anyone here will recognize many of these names:
But they were all giants in aviation, long before the self-proclaimed kings of aviation paid union dues and pushed buttons.
The first three are even Canadians, but because they weren't French, they are nearly completely lost to history.
I doubt a single soliltary soul here even knows of the famous Bishop-Barker Toronto airshow, despite how many of you dwell in the GTA. It's really quite sad and pitiful, actually.
"while still a junior officer, John Boyd changed the way every air force in the world flies and fights."
And was behind the development of the F-16, the F-18 and the A-10, read:
As expected, someone so gifted was bitterly hated by the authorities. He and his friends - the "fighter mafia" paid a high price for their achievements, but they wouldn't have it any other way.
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Is it really that sad and pitiful that no-one remembers these names? For most of us on here, they are from our grandfather's or even great-grandfather's generation, and thus a distant memory to even older posters. I'm sure that they were all courageous men (and perhaps they were great guys to get along with too), but then so were the men who were household names after WW1, or the Boer War, or Waterloo - and do we remember them any more? I mean no disrespect here (& BTW, I know all of those names, and roughly what they did, apart from Boyd - and Google will fix that) for we do owe them a lot -but now, 60 years after the fact, it's history, and where it involves a war, it is always sad..
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I read every issue of Flying the same way for decades...first BaxSeat, then Vectors, followed by I Learned About Flying From That. The current crop of writers at Flying, while knowledgeble, well-written, and respected in their fields, don't capture and hold my imagination like Bax and Morgan did. They were true stick and rudder guys who knew how to write stories for pilots...Vickers vanguard wrote:I bought my first issue of Flying magazine in 1992 ..............
If there is such a thing as a hereafter, then I'm sure Len Morgan is flying a big orange airplane as we speak...
On the subject of Canadian household names, I'm sure the CBC has ensured that pretty much everyone here knows who Louis Riel is, but who here knows about Sir John Beverley Robinson?
This really isn't that off-topic. Surviving in aviation is all about applying the lessons that pilots before you have learned. If you want to survive, that is.
A pilot who isn't a student of (aviation) history is a mouth-breathing lout that is inarguably an avoidable accident waiting to happen.
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