John was a wild child. Any time any one was talking to the FAA, they always tried to pump you about John. I always told them that John was the safest and best pilot I ever rode with. Very true. Not always by the book, he wrote the book.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
"Never fly an experimental airframe and an experimental power plant in close formation"
"After a repair - ask yourself - "hows that going to feel when I'm at the end of the runway #1 for takeoff?"
"Do one thing every day" (on your project)
Pops 'manhole cover' quip reminded me of a quote I extracted from an old blog-post for T-18 association, thus...
"I would not trust the engine now. You have an engine by design, when it is running, it's trying to throw itself apart. Throw in a prop strike, and you have a built in problem that will show up when you are asking the most of the engine. A nice hot day at altitude just below gross weight. Then bam, you’re a glider. Or as one Boeing engineer put it, "have the glide characteristics of a streamlined man hole cover." That would be a bad day. – Eric Pfalzer T-18 owner after hearing of a second prop strike by another T-18.
If you want to have some fun, send your wife to get the "muffler bearings" changed. Tell her it's a dirty job and the mechanics may not want to do it, but it is important so make sure they don't b.s. you.
Not aviation related, but along the same lines as Blane’s post...
I had a part time job in an electronics store as a kid. We had a lady walk in and ask for a bag of yellow electrons (her boss, who was a regular business customer, sent her as part of a joke on her). We had a good laugh and then let her in on the joke. Before she left, one of the guys went out and bought a bunch of yellow beads. We put the beads in a bag along with a purchase order receipt against his company for some ungodly amount of money for “one bag of yellow electrons”. She was all smiles knowing that she was now the one doing the pranking.
We all wanted to follow her back to see the bosses reaction, but that would have given us away.
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"Indeed, were it not for the noise, relentless hurricane-force wind sometimes mixed with bullets of rain in the face, occasional bug in the mouth, near impossibility of communication, danger of hypothermia, unshielded exposure to the sun's deadly gamma rays, nonexistent baggage space, low-pressure airflow over the cockpits that can suck out cigarettes and charts, dismal forward visibility and its otherwise shameless impracticality, an open-cockpit biplane might just be the most ideal aircraft ever conceived -- surely, the most wondrous of all man's wondrous machines."