1977. Me flying Milo Tichacek’s Stearman Bi-Plane over Sonoma County, California.
Photo by Roger Russmeyer. Milo had set-up Roger’s camera on a rack between cockpits…I clicked a button switch on the end of a cable as I flew around the maneuver. Milo was in the front cockpit.
Milo later let me join him when he towed a banner around San Francisco that read “Jefferson Airplane Loves You”. It was Valentine’s day. The tow line pick-up procedure is pretty amazing. Milo is an amazing pilot and used to check pilots out in the giant Hercules transport aircraft.
I rented a white Stearman from a fellow over at Buchanan Field for a while…rare to find one you can rent.
People have a tendency to ground loop them on landing…which I never did thank God.
I flew it across the bay and landed it at Schellville, and used to practice touch n go’s at Sonoma Skypark…a very narrow strip with trees at each end. I enjoyed hand propping it…always a challenge where you had to keep your wits about you.
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