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Jetting Through The Grand Canyon in 1959 December 27, 2009

Posted by Michael in Entertainment.

Apparently back then military pilots didn’t have to fuss with stupid shit like air safety regulations.

Thanks to Your Crazy Uncle.

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1. Larry - December 27, 2009

Modern life is great and all, but there’s something to be said for living in a simpler time. There are days when I wouldn’t mind turning the clock back 50 years.

2. daveintexas - December 27, 2009

I was born in 59.

3. Jones - December 27, 2009

that guy did a barrel roll in the effing Grand Canyon!
awesome viddie

4. kevlarchick - December 27, 2009

Jones, you’re OLD.

Planes aren’t allowed to fly thru the Grand Canyon anymore. It upsets the donkeys.

5. kevlarchick - December 27, 2009

I meant burros. The feral burros.

6. daveintexas - December 27, 2009

damn donkeys

7. Michael - December 27, 2009

That plane was just a trainer. What would really be fun is to fly through the Grand Canyon in a Warthog with live ammo and shoot at burros. That would be a hoot!

8. Larry - December 27, 2009

It was actually an aileron roll. A barrel roll is a different maneuver that involves a significant change in altitude. Doing *that* in the canyon would have been very impressive indeed.

9. Duncan Idaho - December 27, 2009

He probably get to see John “40 second” Boyd at his best.

I consider John Boyd to be the modern “Kensei”, also Jeff Cooper.

10. GrumpyUnk - December 28, 2009

Michael, Glad you appreciated the video as much as I did.

My kids went together for Christmas and bought me a ride in a Stearman Biplane. I gotta find a leather flying helmet before the weather gets nice.

11. Michael - December 28, 2009

GrumpyUnk, thanks for the link. I am an occasional browser/lurker at your blog, and it’s always worth the time.

My kids went together for Christmas and bought me a ride in a Stearman Biplane.

What a cool gift!

It’s funny how you treasure the little things that your kids do for you. Right now on my desk there is a carved wooden sea turtle that Daughter Michael bought for me in Kauai, after we saw a sea turtle together while snorkeling and holding hands to stay together in the current. She was just a tyke at the time.

That turtle is priceless to me. It is named Lydgate, because that’s the beach we used to swim out to the reef.

12. Lipstick - December 28, 2009

Well, crap, Michael, how am I going to poke, diss, make fun of you when you tell such a touching tale?


13. GrumpyUnk - December 28, 2009

Michael, My son & I watched an Armadillo get hit by a car once. He wanted to take it home, but I told him they carry leprosy and it might make his dick fall off. He cried.

Your daughter has a much cooler story.

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