There I Was…

A look back to the Civil Air Patrol and a cadet in training.

Renaissance Musings

There is one aspect of my experience that has been mentioned only in passing that was very important to me, but more importantly, generated some pretty good stories. I am adding a new category called “There I was…” that will be devoted to aviation and flying.
I have been interested in airplanes and flying all of my life—as far back as I can remember. On major gift giving holidays, beginning about age 5, someone in my family would give me a plastic airplane model kit. At first, I was not very adept at putting them together, and I recall spilling the plastics glue on a table top (a good piece of furniture) and being banished from the living room forever with anything even resembling a plastic model.

That was okay because I had my own room and an unfinished (i.e., inexpensive) wooden desk. That plus a sheet of wax paper…

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 26, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Great story , enjoyed it all the way through, from the early childhood aviation days the flight at the finish.
    I would think there is enough experience in that history to cover a detailed book.


    • I think so as well. It sounds fairly familiar to the a female aviator’s story I had who ended up being an instructor during WWII. You’ve done quite a bit of reading here, I want you to know I greatly appreciate that. It makes everything more than worthwhile, Ian.


  2. We had a frame made for our son to hang his in his bedroom. Worked on a pulley so he could imagine them flying. His dad was equally mad-keen on flying too – but they didn’t have to DUST the results – which I overcame with a hearty puff and blow, but when it got too thick, only a feather duster would do the trick.


  3. Great post! I enjoyed reading it.


  4. Wonderful memoir. Perfect for reblogging here.


  5. Great reading, thanks for reblogging!


  6. Interesting story and enjoyed reading it. Thanks for re-blogging the post!

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