In the spirit of cool aviation articles, I share this one--Flying the T-28--by Jack Flanagan.
The article really sets out what it's like to learn to fly such a wonderful aircraft and it's not helping me resist the urge to go out and buy a plane. I share this because I've had my eye on an airplane recently. It's not a T-28 but it is a classic warbird that I could, with some financial rearranging, swing the purchase of. However, what I can't seem to swing without a major lifestyle change is the maintenance and upkeep of said clasic aircraft once it's mine. Insurance, hangaring, annual inspections on a high-performance twin, and the inevitable list of yearly repairs conspire to make it an unaffordable proposition. Dreams are great, but I've been lucky enough to have Brigid on speed-dial and she's bopped me on the head with the common sense bat several times in relation to this aircraft, so now I just look at it's ad and sigh a few times, then go back to shopping for used Cessna 172s. I will have me a plane one day soon, but it's probably going to be the one that I can afford, not the one that I lie awake at night fantasizing about.
"If you can't afford the plane that you love, love the plane that you can afford."