How I Learned to Fly: A Kid's Point of View
I cut this out of a newspaper years ago — it's what made me decide to fly! (Ha, ha!) The kid who wrote it was 11 or 12, if I remember ... .
"I want to be a pilot when I grow up, because it is a fun and easy job to do. That is why there are so many pilots flying today.
"Pilots don't need much school, they just have to learn numbers so they can read the instruments. I guess they should be able to read road maps so the won't get lost.
"Pilots should be brave so they won't get scared if it is foggy and they can't see, or if a wing or motor falls off, they should stay calm so they'll know what to do.
"Pilots have got to have good eyes to see through clouds, and they can't be afraid of thunder and lightning because they are closer to them than we are.
"The salary pilots make is another thing I like. They make more money than they can spend. This is because most people think flying is dangerous, except pilots don't, because they know how it is.
"There isn't much I don't like, except girls.
"Girls like pilots, and all the stewardesses want to marry pilots, so they always have to chase them away so they don't bother them.
"I hope I don't get airsick, because I get carsick, and if I got airsick I couldn't be a pilot and then I'd have to go to work."