If I had to pick a "creation moment", it would be sitting in the cockpit of a Smith Miniplane he owned and kept at Rockcliffe in the 1980s. It broke his heart to sell it and, from that point on, didn't want to know much about it.
After he died, I set out to track it down and in so doing, discovered so much more.
I've been documenting the story on a blog that you can find here:
If anyone has a stake in this story or would like to share any memories, feedback or comments - please feel free to do so.
It is entitled "Encounters" and details how my father came to buy the Miniplane. The next one will deal with flying it! (Finally).
Tons of really neat pictures of C-FFAM in the very early 80s, including one at an airshow next to Cliff Robertson's Spitfire and my one and only pic with the a/c.
I'll be writing the last few entries of the story this week - to get us to where the airplane is now.
As always, if anyone has a stake or any info or stories to share - please do.
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What a great read. I picked up the last issue of the COPA over lunch yesterday and started reading (and got a little peeved that there wasn't more...) now I can continue with the story.
COPA did a great job with the article but, understandably, I had to edit it down significantly so the blog has far more detail and goes into storylines I can't explore in the article.
Here's the latest one:
I'm glad you're enjoying the story. Writing it has been a journey.
If you don't want to wait for the abbreviated COPA editions, I will be publishing 3 blog entries before Saturday.
Here's the first:
This one was the most difficult to write but probably the best one - if only because I brought everything to bear in it.
I've received many kind notes from AvCanadians and fellow pilots who have read the project thru here or the COPA publications.
If you don't like looking at pictures of broken airplanes, this is probably not for you.
http://findingffam.blogspot.ca/2013/02/ ... halla.html
Thanks for reading!
Anyway, he's a pretty cool guy and gave me a ton of pictures and stories. I'll be writing a few entries, but here's the first one - if anyone's interested:
http://findingffam.blogspot.ca/2013/04/ ... t-one.html
The next one will be about dogfighting!
I'm excited to get started again!
Here's the first of three:
I've had two great seasons under my belt and several new blog posts and plenty of developments.
The goal for the off-season is to bring it up to date. Here's a link to the latest one...and there are many more before it, if anyone is interested in an update.
Thanks for the interest!