That was at Hampton Airfield, another grass airfield, this one on the New Hampshire seacoast. At left is a selfie I took while flying from Hampton down to Plum Island in Massachusetts in December 2010. Zero Six Hotel was 64 years old that winter, while I was 79. I grounded myself the following year, figuring that perhaps an octogenarian shouldn't be flying over the heads of innocent children. (There's a high school just to the right as you take off from Hampton northbound, or to the left as you land southbound, which is the usual situation.) That gave me ten years with that pretty thing, in one of the great romances of my life.
As I was flying Zero Six Hotel around New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine, I wrote the occasional magazine article about our adventures. Once in a while I would also leave home for a fling with another taildragger -- a Great Lakes biplane, doing spins and aerobatics in Arizona; an Aviat Husky, learning the tricks of bush flying New Jersey (yes, New Jersey!). These stories appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Air & Space and other aviation magazines, and in the University of New Hampshire alumni magazine. (UNH was the college that got the dollars I saved from the First National store, a grand total of $1,000 for four years' tuition.)
Eventually I assembled five of those articles and essays into a little book for digital publication, first for Amazon's wonderful Kindle and then for competing e-readers. "Nice reading about the gentle world of recreational flight," wrote a reviewer on Amazon.com. I certainly hope so.
Taildragger Tales is a $3.95 e-book of 11,000 words, the equivalent of 35 pages in print, with photographs. It's available from all major e-tailers:
Now the book has been narrated by Kevin Theis, a Chicago actor who among other classics has voiced A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Charlie Wilson's War. Buy it for $5.95 on Amazon or get it free with an Audible subscription. And if you already subscribe, download it from Audible.
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