He’s a big man. Played football in his youth. Could pass for Paul Newman’s brother. Has flown airplanes for decades, and is recently retired from 30 some years as an airline captain. So what draws him, with all his aviation experience, to the cockpit of the CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS? John Moreland’s large frame and broad shoulders fill a goodly part of my forward view as we fire up the engine. The answer will have to wait for now—it’s showtime.
One thing about flying a Cub-like taildragger: In the rear seat on the ground, it’s a bit like riding up that first steep climb on a roller coaster. Everything seems to hang above you, with thrills to come just a few heart-tickling seconds away.