Joel Haski plans to fly upside down from Perth to Sydney next year, which will mean hanging from the straps of his harness for 15 hours. He’ll have wheels fitted to the top of his wings, too, so he can even take off and land inverted. When you’ve been flying aerobatics for 26 years, you gotta keep it interesting.How I admired those early WW I fighter pilots as a kid. There seemed to be a mini craze too in the mid 1960's; this was probably the 50th anniversary stuff. If so, where is the centennial?
It’s not all fun and games, though. About one in 10 passengers is a puker, and if they miss their sick bag the consequences of that 200km/h slipstream can be spectacular. “A guy vomited out the side of the plane once and it just covered my windscreen,” Haski says, wincing at the memory. “I had to land looking through chunks of meat pie.”
Jonny Quest: The Shadow Of The Condor (1964). This Hanna-Barbera cartoon series was waaay ahead of its time. It remains a personal favorite.
The Blue Max (1965) This hooked me. My dad took my brother and me to see it in the theater.
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966). This may have started the craze, but I think not.
Get Smart: Snoopy Smart vs. The Red Baron (1968): My brother and I asked my dad to record this on super 8 film because we had to miss it and couldn't wait to see the rerun.
Enemy Ace comic book (1965): A good place to pick up German phrases.
There were lots and lots of scale models to build. The best were Renwal's Aeroskin series:
And finally there was the 1966 song:
[Added] I forgot about Milton-Bradley's "Dogfight" (1963). That was another causative contender: