This story might give you a smile.
Journey to Pelican, Alaska. (http://sheffieldwriters.ath.cx/SFStoryArchive/1175627294.doc)
A wonderful story yet again. I really feel I am there.Those old aircraft certainly must have been noisy & drafty. Its a pity we cant see photos of yourself Falls, when you were an Engineer.
It's a bit late but I've finally got around to some reading and just wanted to add how much I enjoyed this. I love the way "patted the dog" is inserted into the list of the pilot's accomplishments! Nice touch.
You've had me creased up laughing at that one Falls. :hihi:
At least you had a nice smooth landing, I remember reading a book about flying boats, the author described one hair raising technique they used for landing across a swell which involved them side slipping upwind and stalling the aircraft ‘onto the top of a wave’ (hopefully) then turning rapidly into the wind before it was flipped over.
The seaplane captains are a special breed and they’re all bloomin’ mad, it used to be said that a good landing was one you could walk away from, in the seaplane world the equivalent would be ‘one you could swim away from’
Your pilot was obviously a good one, he must have been to disdain the lack of cockpit gauges and just rely on his skill instead. I'm impressed he even found the time to pat the doggy – what a guy!