AirVenture 2014 has begun! Unfortunately it began without us this year. “Slight” scheduling conflicts (like me working in Greece this summer for example) have kept us from going. But we’ll see what next year brings. Once you have seen AirVenture, you just have to keep coming back. It’s hard to explain if you have never seen it. But I can highly recommend that every aviator or aviation aficionado make the pilgrimage to OSH at least once in their life.
At least Chuck and Julio made there this year. Is it just me or does this strip look very much like “the calm before the storm”?
As a wing walker, I imagine you must have to breathe exclusively through your nose, or at least have to keep your teeth shut at all times. I can only imagine the amount of insects that bounce into you during the average flight! And I guess bird strikes would absolutely have the potential to be fatal. Well, it’s a pretty risky job in general. So I guess it’s wise of Chuck to try a “dry run” first, before going all the way.
I am sure that many of you have stood in front of the baggage carousel and thought that that was exactly what was going on behind the scenes. I know I have! And Mike as well. And sometimes there seems to be a sinister character among the baggage handlers who knows exactly which suitcase is yours, so he can put it on the belt last.
But, to be fair, I’ve also had it happen more than once that my luggage was among the first on the belt, so it’s just luck after all. And actually the baggage carousel is the main reason I stay relaxed during the turbulent melee that is the average disembarkment, because I know all the winners of the hand to hand combat, who managed to exit the plane first, will be waiting for their piece of luggage, which may be the last on the carousel …
By the way, this is one of the comics we were cracking ourselves up while writing it, and then got only mild or confused reactions when showing it to the first test persons. Weird how that goes! We’re curious about you guys’ reception…
In the heat of summer this is probably an even more inappropriate pickup line than usual. Anybody would have a hard time building snow men now. Come to think of it, this pickup line has quite its geographical limitations, considering how many places there are on earth where it never snows.
Every now and then I upload a strip where I have no idea which title I could use. First and foremost, it’s important that it doesn’t give away the punchline. But it would also be nice if it would describe what’s in the strip, and in a best case scenario it is even funny in itself, or contributes towards the gag. Sometimes I just draw blanks. And that’s when I come up with a title like today. Sigh, the life of a comic artist can be difficult, I tell you!
I don’t know why this is, but there are quite a few designs out there in this world, of cars, planes, buildings, or objects of any kind really, that look much better in real life than as a line drawing or draft. To me, the Tornado definitely falls into that category.
Keep the fire burnin’
Let it keep us warm
The world will keep on turnin’
Let it turn you on
And let us not stop learnin’
We can help one another be strong
Let us never lose our yearnin’
To keep the fire burnin’ all night long
… if you have visions of incredible 80s hairdos flashing before your eyes now, you’re welcome! If not, search for the music video, and you will be helped!
Happy Independence Day to all our American readers out there! Hope you all have a great holiday! Here in my neck of the woods, there’s no holiday, but perfect barbecue weather. It’s a shame those two conditions don’t always match.
But it seems the gang at Roost Air has everything they need for a great barbecue. Good weather, some burger paddies, real hardwood lump charcoal, to give the burgers that special flavor, and a time-saving kindle strategy …
To all our British readers, our sincere condolences to losing that pesky colony!
Actually, Sally is closer to the date of the actual legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain than the 4th of July is. The Congress actually voted for it on the 2nd of July. THEN the Declaration of Independence was written, then a few words were revised, and so forth with Congress finally approving it on the 4th of July.
Can you imagine it only took TWO DAYS to push something big like this through Congress back then?!?
Times sure have changed …
Another interesting fact is that this holiday didn’t just end up being the typical barbecuing, beer drinking, sports watching kind of American holiday while the younger generations are forgetting why we’re even celebrating. Most American holidays have met that fate. This one was actually MEANT to be that kind of holiday.
In a letter to his wife John Adams wrote “… It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
And knowing Chuck, there’ll probably be most of these. At least fires, illuminations, shows, pomp, and parade …
Every year the Reno Air Racing Association puts on a rookie school for pilots who want to enter the Air Races and get their Race Class Pilot Certification.
And of course since Chuck has been dying to enter his Corsair in the Races he has wanted to go there for years. And of course, since his Corsair still isn’t finished, he might be inclined to take another plane to the class. Not sure if you can bring a Cessna but I don’t think Julio wants to take a chance having known Chuck for as long as he has …
Personally, I would love to fly one of those Formula One Class planes one day having been a Formula 1 fan AND a plane enthusiast my whole life. It would be the perfect combination! But I’d probably pee my pants since I’m not used to going that fast after thousands of helicopter flight hours at 100kts or less …
And who wouldn’t want to fly one of those modified WW2 planes??
Have any of you ever sat in on one of those seminars?