Nice video Fullofit. Kudos on the dead stick landings and aerobatics
Carrick, Sorry you missed your turn at the controls. Especially as it was at the expense of Jumbo.
Mark A. Jericho England December 1915
Jericho sat in front of his instructor, Capt. Crittenden, as Crittenden looked over his file.
"It seems you took a very queer route to end up in the RAF Lieutenant. One year at university, a few years as a..." He paused for a moment. "Cowhand" he asked more than stated.
"Yes Sir" replied Jericho. "I was a top hand at the Bar T ranch near San Antonio Texas."
Captain Crittenden went on, "So you got your ticket to fly at Stinson Aviation in San Antonio then to Canada." Another pause. "What took you to Canada?"
"Circumstances Sir." replied Jericho.
Captain Crittenden eyed Jericho for moment and stood up looking out the window. "Thomas says you are a natural pilot Lieutenant." Turning back toward Jericho with a stern look he added. "He also said you are a bit brash."
Jericho started to speak but Captain Crittenden raised his had which silenced him immediately. "Lieutenant, I have had the pleasure of serving with some very good pilots in France. I dare say some much better than yourself" He stood for a moment and let the words sink in before adding, "and most of them are dead. It takes a lot more than a good hand at the controls to survive over the front. I hope you will learn that or you too will be joining them."
"Yes Sir!" replied Jericho. Jericho was pretty good at sizing someone up and he instinctively knew to listen to everything he had to say. Captain Crittenden was not the sort to pee on your leg and tell you it was raining.
"I think its time to see how you do with aerobatics" continued Capt. Crittenden. "I will see you on the field in half an hour."
"Yes Sir" Jericho replied as he saluted and turned to leave.
"Lieutenant!" the captained called after Jericho.
"Yes Sir?" Jericho answered.
"Anything I tell you will not be subjective. Is that clear?"
"Yes Sir." Jericho replied with a salute.
Walking back to get his kit Jericho went over the meeting in his head. He liked Captain Crittenden. He demanded respect and Jericho could tell he deserved it. Nothing fancy or false about this character, he was the genuine article.
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from either end. BOC Member since....I can't remember!