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