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"SO THERE I WAS..."
Bill Mauldin
October 11, 1954
Having recently taken to the air, Bill Mauldin launches his new column on flying with the stirring tale of his first solo flight
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October 11, 1954

"so There I Was..."

Having recently taken to the air, Bill Mauldin launches his new column on flying with the stirring tale of his first solo flight

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Now, as we walked to the office and my knees slowly turned from rubber to bone, I began to feel a sensation somewhat akin to exhilaration for the first time, and with it came a talking jag.

"...and the funny thing," I concluded at the end of a half hour's recital of the four-minute flight, to which the instructor listened patiently, this being part of his job, "the funny thing is that it was the best landing I ever made."

"It always is," he said. "I've never seen or heard of anybody making a bad one on the first solo."

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