22 Miles of Fun

Today I flew from Boeing Field to Tacoma Narrows and back in this Cessna 172. It was a glorious day, and an interesting experience learning to fly. Piloting is not dissimilar to navigating a boat, in that small inputs take effect cumulatively and with some delay.

Although the single engine presents a point of failure, the operation of this aircraft is wonderfully simple. Ignition succeeds even if electrical power fails (via two magnetos), and the only thing between the wheel and the control surfaces is steel cabling.


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