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My favorite airplane story: One of the guys I owned a 150 with in a flying club told the story of his careful planning and babying the airplane on a long cross-country flight.

Well, when he got to where he was going, there wasn't any fuel. And nobody knew anyone who knew anyone who could get him some. He thought things over and decided that since he'd been sooo careful on his way there, he'd probably have plenty to get back with. And at any rate, his return leg would provide several other opportunities to refuel.

So he embarks. And sure enough, the headwinds were just a little stronger than expected, and despite all of the extra attention to fuel supplies and such he forgot to lean once at cruise for several minutes. But he watched the gauges and everything seemed to be going fine, until finally he could no longer stand watching the needles bounce off of the bottom stops any longer. He decided to divert to one of the little fields along the way and tank-up. It would add an extra hour to his trip, but what's that compared to a lifetime, right?

So he's chugging along and has the field in site. Flies a perfect pattern and ends up on Final when, with no warning at all, he suddenly sees his own propeller. I mean it doesn't windmill at all, it just all of a sudden stops right there, pointing out at about 2:00.

At this point in the story, I said, "Man! I'll bet it was awfully quiet then, huh?" and Glenn replied:

"Well, it would have, but I had my wife with me!"
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