P-26 Model

Every time I put together a balsa kit model I am amazed by the courage and faith of earlier aviators. As the frames and stringers slowly build into shape and form the frai; nature of those first airplanes becomes more and more apparent. Even in the case of this latest model – Boeing P-26  with its landmark advances in metal construction – my stomach gets a little fluttery when I think about the pilot sitting in a cage while being pulled through the air by an engine.

…then some article about GPS navigation and the “glass cockpit” pops up in my news feed and baffles me even more, though to be honest the aviation tech I started out learning was probaby closer to that of the P-26 than what’s in use now.

2017-11-02 P-26 Balsa

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