Understatement – A lost art.Posted: June 27, 2010 | |
The Plan And The Understatement
Someday became part of the plan during last year’s vacation. We arrived on Saturday, Sunday I was to be airborne. Airborne at the Outer Banks, where the Wright Brothers flew.
While unloading the car, I missed a call and got a voice mail. It was from someone involved with the plane tour. He let me know that they would have to postpone my trip and would credit our Visa account for what was paid on my flight. He said they had a “slight brake problem” that, given the holiday weekend, would likely be difficult to get repaired.
I was, of course, disappointed. All things considered though, part of flying is how you stop flying.
The next morning, the same gentleman called to confirm that I’d received the message. We had a very cordial conversation in which he repeated the “slight brake problem” phrase. I let him know that I appreciated that he was on top of keeping the plane up and I’d certainly be ready to fly later in the week if they got the brakes worked out. Failing that, I’d be back in town next summer and would be back in touch.
Doing The Right Thing
He even offered the number of another biplane tour service in town. I told him I wasn’t interested in that number. Why would I fly with someone else when I knew how meticulous they were on the maintainance of their plane? He made a joke about how his plane was better anyhow because it was painted blue and gold like the U.S. Navy Aerobatic team, The Blue Angels.
The vacation went on without any major mishaps. Occasionally I’d see the red biplane of the competitors service fly over and I’d resist the urge. Staying with the original plan, even if it meant not flying until next year, was the right thing to do.
Friday was our last night at the beach. We went out to eat and as we were strolling to the car, a photo in the newspaper box of the local paper caught my eye. It was a picture of a biplane, painted blue and gold, just like The Blue Angels.
While Technically True, Understatement Paints A Deceiving Picture.
If there is such a thing of a photo of a biplane caught in a compromising position, this was it. It was shocking.
Apparently, the “slight brake problem” led to what we outside the aviation business like to call “a collision with another plane”. A collision, with two passengers in the seat I was planning to occupy about 24 hours after the mild entanglement between the biplane with brake problems and the other plane.
I’m no expert, but I believe the “slight brake problem” may have led to the possibility of an issue in the area of the wings.
The other plane seems a little less culpable in the whole airplanes snuggling together situation, given that there wasn’t a pilot or anyone on that plane at the time. Of course, according to the newspaper article, there may or may not have been a pilot in the biplane at the moment the two planes sort of tapped one another.
Perhaps I should consider the red plane next year.
I don’t know, maybe that position is a little overstated.
This is a rewrite of something I wrote after last year’s vacation. I swore I would take this event as a sign and never consider doing this again. Vacation is coming soon and I am starting to think about it again. The red airplane is really cool looking.