...But It's The Stories That Keep You Flying

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Flying the airplanes isn't what keeps people like Rozendaal in them. They are messy, expensive, cantankerous machines. "If you're flying these airplanes because flying them gets your rocks off, then you won't be in this business for long." It sounds cliché, but dedicated warbird pilots say the motivation burns from another source. It's the kid that come up and says he wants to be a warbird pilot, or the older gentleman with a misty look in his eyes. That's what matters. "You get these guys in the cockpit and all these stories come out. I ask them 'Have you told these stories to your family?' ... more often than not they haven't," says Rozendaal. "These stories need to be told -- and remembered." See you next year at the show.