Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in our weekly series called simply the “Friday Photo.” Each week we’ll share a great photo taken from the cockpit – one that shares the joy, beauty or fun of flying. If you’d like to join in, send your photo and description (using the format below) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The view: Sunset over Nebraska
The pilot: Jerry Tobias
The airplane: 1946 Ercoupe 415-C
The mission: A late-afternoon pleasure flight from Fremont, Nebraska to Wayne, Nebraska and back at 3500 feet.
The memory: After 35 years as a professional pilot (Boeing 747s on down), I now fly a Light Sport-qualified Ercoupe 415-C. It is a fantastic airplane, and “low and slow” is great after so many years of high and fast. The view from, the speed of, and the pleasure of flying this “no-purpose-but-to-enjoy-it” airplane are all just what I was looking for at this end of my career. And, as always, the people I am now meeting because of my Ercoupe make it even that much more enjoyable.