Eddie Andreini’s Sweet Ride
This P-51 Mustang once belonged to air show performer extraordinaire Eddie Andreini. For many years I was a full time flight instructor. Not an easy way to earn a living. On slow days, or when I had a last minute cancelation from a regular student, I’d do demo flights. It was a privilege to show the Silicon Valley from a vantage point experienced by only a few. Most of the demo flight clients considered the experience a novelty, like swimming with dolphins or a bungee jump. Few had any real interest in aviation.
One day I did a demo flight to Half Moon Bay Airport and saw Eddie taxi out to take-off in this P-51. “Wow just look at that!” I said with enthusiasm.
“What about it?” my client asked.
“That’s a P-51,” I said, “Only one of the greatest fighter aircraft of World War II.”
“Oh,” the client replied unimpressed and after a moment added, “But isn’t that the exact same sort of airplane we’re flying?”
If Tarzan took me into the jungle for a vine swinging lesson I’d be hopeless. If you showed me a golf cart all I could say was that it was a golf cart. I wouldn’t know the make or model. But I realized I was flying with a person who couldn’t see any difference between a Cessna 172 and a P-51 and I knew the time had come for me to stop doing demo flights.
- Aperture: ƒ/5.6
- Camera: LEICA X2
- Flash fired: no
- Focal length: 24mm
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 1/640s