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I could feel the spring air hit my face It was a feeling of beginning for me just as the spring flowers were beginning a new phase of their lives I was embarking on the final phase of my life time goal My goal was to take off and land my fathers airplane I paced myself as I walked towards the hanger Behind the hangar door sat a post-World War II 1947 Cessna 140 tail dragger of a gone by era The tail feathers of the airplane are reminiscent of the B-17 flying fortress that flew missions over Germany I released the hangar handle and the door flew up covering my face with dust The smell was dull due to the oil and old airplane parts but for some reason the smell was comforting This distinct smell was a reminder of the countless days spent with my father and a foretaste of the days to come Today was the day I would conquer my fears and accomplish a life time goalI entered the hangar and began to preflight the aircraft I performed a visual check of the condition of the airplane Next I checked the 100 low lead aviation fuel for contamination by draining fuel from the gascolator After I retrieved a dipstick to check the oil level Everything was exemplary and the plane was in a safe flight condition The wheels squeaked against the black pavement as my father and I rolled the antique airplane out of the hanger We looked off into the distance and were astonished by our surroundings The sky was crystal clear without a cloud in sight The conditions were perfect for an evening of flying I climbed up inside the cockpit and was ready for my battle against the skyI went through the aircraft checklist making sure every part of the aircraft was working I felt powerful as I strapped my body in the pilot seat There was
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