Browse Grassroots, a collection of flying-related articles by Budd Davisson. An accomplished aviation journalist, Budd shares his perspective on all kinds of flight-related subjects.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Who Was Lt. A. F. Linde?
Of history, estate sales, attics and kids
On the back of the sheath, it says, "A.F. Linde, O-930832." That was the pilot's name and service number.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
And Speaking Of Power
When a Hornet taxis by your home airport
Last week, one of those moments had me trying to fish my phone out from under my five-point harness—and failing.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I Wanna Build...
Sometimes, the dream is more valuable than the reality
All of us have curious habits that we'd just as soon have no one know about.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Warbirds And Me
On being the right age, in the right place, at the right time
Does any one actually not like warbirds?
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
A Career Change
What do you do when you find your ladder is against the wrong wall?
Here's an interesting question that popped up recently: In what do you invest a life and call it a wise investment?
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Dead Reckoning Or Pilotage?
Life isn’t a destination. It’s a series of checkpoints.
Before GPS revolutionized just about everything, most of us old-timey pilot types used either dead reckoning or pilotage (and some of us still do).
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The heaviest load in aviation is flying someone else’s airplane
We're about to do some hangar flying under the guise of talking about some of the most trusting people I've ever met in my life.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Of Porta-Potties And Fields of Yellow
Oshkosh—the event never fails to amuse, confound and surprise
No, let me amend that: It was my 41st to Oshkosh, plus three to Rockford, the last home of the EAA's yearly orgy of all things aerial and wondrous.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Gettin’ In Dance
You can’t fly ‘em, if you can’t get in ‘em
However, it often appears as if the most "interesting" vehicles require the most difficult dance moves to get into them.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
They only die when we let them
I just discovered an important fact of life: dreams don't die.