Imphal, The Hump and Beyond
U.S.A.A.F. Combat Cargo Groups of the Second World War
| One bright, warm sunny day--I believe it was in Kweilin, China--I was all
alone in my airplane and feeling good. I had to taxi it out to the far edge
of the field to a revetment, which offered some protection in bombing raids.
All the locks were in place (aelerons, elevator, rudder, landing gear) and I was taxiing on the strip parallel to the runway.
Feeling good, I revved the engines until my speed was such that I felt the tail lift. I then rolled the trim tab wheel for the elevator until I felt the plane lift slightly off the runway. I eased back on the throttles to let it settle back to terra firma.
Now comes the dreams part. For years because of that incident, I had nightmares of being airborne, but with all the locks in place, I was skimming the treetops with the only control being the throttles and trim tabs. Fortunately, I always woke up before I crashed. Funny how an insignificant incident can stick with you that way.
1998 H. Thomas Flanagan
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