LINEBOY NOS­TAL­GIA

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I opened my September is­sue of Fly­ing and be­gan my usual rou­tine of read­ing front to back. I flipped through the first few pages and then came to On Course. The words jumped off the page at me: “I used to be a lineboy . ... ” I was a lineboy at Birm­ing­ham Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port many years ago. I started there when I was 14. Read­ing the ar­ti­cle brought back some very fond mem­o­ries. There were five of us in high school, all tak­ing fly­ing lessons and solo­ing when we were 16 and 17. Out of that five, three be­came air­line cap­tains, for North­west, Amer­i­can and United; one was a very good cor­po­rate chief pilot; and the last an Air Force pilot and lawyer. Yes, there is some­thing very spe­cial about be­ing a lineboy.

Tommy Web­ster via email

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