September 2011 Issue

Open-Door Policy

I had almost the same experience ("Open-Door Policy," Learning Experiences, August 2011) with my father. It was just after WWII, and I was 10 or 11. He had a Piper Cub. It was a nice, late summer evening and we had just taken off from the Whitman County Airport in Eastern Washington. The window was open and—why, I don’t know—I reached up and pulled its quick release. It promptly fell off, but my dad had seen me do it and, as luck would have it, caught the door! He calmly reached around with it, handed it to me and said "Hang on to it; I’ll land and we’ll put it back on." Which we did, on a hilltop in wheat stubble out in the middle of nowhere.

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