Hi, I'm Bob.
My wife, Doreen, and me live in northeastern Pennsylvania. NEPA - not far from Tunkhannock in the beautiful Endless Mountains region.
Timothy K. got me hook on Panoramio. Tim's western Canada and arctic photos are awesome.
I failed my medical in 1985. Had some serious health problems, some of the remnants remain with me. Nevertheless, I occasionally bum rides and I will always be in love with airplanes. Once flying gets in your blood, no way to get it out.
For as long as I can remember, airplanes, rockets, meteorology and the Canadian arctic have captured my mind and imagination. Pre-Internet days found me pouring over maps, charts and aerial photos of Canada's far north.
Another early influence: I grew up near "Hadley Field" in S. Plainfield, NJ. In my early teens, Dean Smith, one the first pilots to fly night mail out of Hadley Field ~1922-23, authored his book, "By The Seat of My Pants." That was it. I was going to be a barnstorming pilot. By the time I got my license, barnstorming was strictly frowned upon by the FAA.
Another book I devoured many times over, Wolfgang Langewiesche's STICK and RUDDER written in 1944 remains a must read for all aspiring pilots. After my first read, I understood how raising the nose on final approach, enables the plane to go slower, down faster, and land a heck of a lot shorter. Use the throttle to control rate of descent. I wonder just how many private pilots "get it" to this day.