Passage #261: 6 August 2014

Barnstorming



In the early days of aviation, stunt pilots would fly from town to town, using local farmers' fields as makeshift landing strips and bases of operations from which to hold their aerial shows and give plane rides. Before flight became commonplace (and, eventually, linked more with inadequate legroom and invasive security screening than whimsy and wonder), the airshows could more or less shut down entire towns as their inhabitants flocked to the sites of these spectacles.

By now, our bag of tricks on The Passage -- hills, stairs, off-roading, etc. -- is perhaps rather familiar to most of you. But hopefully we can still coax you away from your evening's otherwise-scheduled activities to head out to the barn with us and soar.


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