practice for my first flight, I made up a make-believe
rudder bar and a broomstick for the control stick.
When the glider was about ready, I spent much time
on the seat with my imagination. I thought I had it
down pretty well.
My neighbor and friend, Eddie Holpher, who also
went to school with me, had a Whippet automobile,
and that was to be my launching powerplant. We
towed the glider down to a farmer’s field with many
of the neighbor kids following the parade. I don’t
know if I felt proud or afraid! We hooked up the towrope to the glider and the bumper of Eddie’s car and
off we went.
I learned very early in my aviation
career ... in order to fly an airplane a
pilot must make sure to move sufficient
air over the wings so that the airplane
In what seemed like seconds, I was in a new element—the sky—not realizing then how many more
hours and years I was to enjoy its pleasures. I must
have been 50 feet in the air (I had no idea how to
judge height) when I released the towrope. I quickly
learned one thing: Put your nose down! My first landing was a hard one!
I made many flights in that glider, some as high as
100 feet, and I learned that you either have to pull or
push the wing through the air to make it work. We made
a number of mistakes during this trial and error period,
and I learned something that I would never do again!
EAA Founder Paul Poberezny began flying when he was 16 years
old and has logged more than 30,000 hours of flight time over more
than 70 years of flying. He has piloted nearly 500 different types of
aircraft, including more than 170 amateur-built airplanes. He also has
designed and built more than 15 different airplanes and is currently
working on a Pober Baby Ace.
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