Piper J-3 Cub

Facing the likelihood of being drawn into WWII, the United States formed the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) in 1939 to increase the ranks of America’s trained pilots.  The CPTP adopted the Piper J-3 Cub as it’s primary trainer.  Of the 435,000 new pilots who learned to fly in the program, three quarters of them were trained on the Cub.  By the end of the war, 80% of American military pilots received their first flight training in Piper Cubs.

This Cub, painted in the famous chrome-yellow-with-black-lightening-bolt color scheme, soars in the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, Va.

On A Wing and a Prayer

I haven’t posted anything for a while.  Life’s been busy and there just never seemed to be enough time to sit down and work on a photo.  So the other night I stayed up after the dishes were done, homework finished, and the kids in bed, and took some time.  It was really nice to just sit down with no other distractions and play with this image I caught at a local air show recently.  Nothing fancy, just a few clicks in Digital Photo Professional, a couple in Photoshop, and here it is.  But it sure was nice taking the time to do it.

Incidentally, the lady standing on the wing is the ex-wife of the guy flying the plane.  Now that’s trust…and self-control.