[Headline: The joy of flying at any age]
Arash Afshari (firstname.lastname@example.org) shared a photo full of joy and memories after seeing the photo of five-year-old Hobie Hendricks in the August 2014 “Viewfinder.”
“The August 2014 photo of young Hobie launching his slingshot glider with such determination really struck a chord and reminded [me] of the simple beauty of our hobby and the joy we all share in it regardless of age or station.
“As a complement to this photo, I offer a similar young-at-heart man launching his slingshot glider at an Indoor event held by the Black Sheep Squadron of Southern California in January of 2014.
“In the photo, [my] friend, Chuck Haverlah, shows some of the same joy and determination in his expression prior to making another launch for the evening. His life since boyhood [was] spent as model builder and flier and he carried his passion to a successful career at Northrop. And he did it all with the same joy that shines through in [this] photo.
“Sadly, Chuck left us in May 2014 [for] greener pastures. His common reply to a “How are you doing?” greeting was always, “Excellent and improving.” I imagine him now on a grassy knoll where the air is always clear and the breeze favorable. Maybe we’ll all keep on flying in that bit of paradise and we will all be “excellent and improving.
“Thank you for considering the photo for publication. It is offered as a joyful celebration of life and our passion for the hobby.”
Arash took the photo with a Canon EOS 1D X and 200mm focal length, with an f-stop of f/2.8 and ISO at 8000 at 1/500 second. [dingbat]