been your most frightening thrill ever?
2.A 27,000 volt shock - more [here]
me why you're not a sensible person.
4.A I am
were you doing the last time you were really bored?
always dreamt about being a paramedic, driving an ambulance and saving
lives; what about you?
To answer these next 14 questions, you should
think about a particular time you were thrilled.
this thrill in a nutshell, in one sentence. (there's time to expand later)
my airplane in a 45 knot wind and having it blown upside down.
and when did it take place?
April 2000 in St Joseph, Missouri, USA
me a bit about yourself around this time.
11.A 49 years old Had been a pilot
for 23 years.
did the moment arise? Was it planned?
12.A It was
not planned. Forecast called for winds of 25 knots when I left Tulsa,
but when I arrived in St Joseph, they were 45 knots.
the sequence of events leading up to your thrill, and how you felt at
each stage. The smallest detail could be important (this is your chance
13.A I was very concerned about the
wind, but since it was perfectly aligned with the runway, I landed anyway.
It was while making a turn during taxi that the wind flipped the plane
up on its nose and over. My first turn towards the hangar went well, which
caused me to relax a bit and probably become somewhat complacent. In the
next turn, the tail came up and the propeller began striking the pavement.
That gave me a sick feeling. Then the tail came straight up and the airplane
began to rotate. That happened so fast that I had little time to think
about how I felt. Then the plane came crashing down on its back.
I had a slight headache from a bump on the head,
but was glad everything had stopped. Then I knew I should get out quickly,
in case of fire. Trying to undo my seatbelt and open the door while upside
down was very confusing. Then as soon as I got the door open, the wind
blew the contents of the airplane across the ramp, which was frustrating
did you do immediately afterwards?
manager sent a car for me.
were other people important to your thrill?
workers came running to see if I was OK.
do you imagine other people were thinking throughout your thrilling episode?
19.A Glad it wasn’t them.
you've done something like this before, how does the last time compare
to the first time you did it?
22.A The first time I flipped my airplane,
the winds were less and the surface was mud instead of concrete, so it
was not nearly as violent.
If you did it again, what things could
be added or changed to make it even better?
23.A Don’t plan to
do it again.
Is there anything you want to add?
You can see more pictures [here]
You can read the accident report [here]