As I sat through a safety briefing last week and learned that the 1929, all-metal airplane I was about to board had previously seen its wing broken in half and sustained damage to the passenger area, I wondered if my life insurance would pay out well in the event of an on-the-clock demise.
While I clearly had some anxiety about my flight in the antique Ford Tri-Motor, the opportunity to get out of the newsroom and cruise above Grayson County was too good to pass up. But most importantly, it will go down as one of my favorite experiences from this job.
The flight was part of an outreach event hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Grayson County chapter. Licensed members of the group took plane enthusiasts, history buffs and other interested passengers up into the skies above the Sherman-Denison area for a short but memorable flight and it was all for the goal of getting more people interested in aviation.
My flight on the Tri-Motor was not my scariest and though its advanced age made me a little nervous, it also made the experience that much more exciting. And I also found myself laughing at the fact that a nearly 90-year-old plane could offer significantly more legroom than the airliners operating today.
In the end, my brief flight aboard the Tri-Motor made me think about all the people who call Grayson County home, how our cities have grown and changed over time, and how wild it is that all those years ago, we figured out how to not only fly through the air, but land safely back on the ground.
Happy birthday to Debbie Watt of Sherman; Ronnie Lee Hall, Sr. and Weldon Darr, both of Denison; Gary Allenbaugh; Pam Wallace of Luella; Desiree DeHorney of Dallas; and Lawrence Coleman of Houston.