We recently went flying one afternoon when it was pretty hot, so the crew decided to fly doors-open. Since I had flight gear with the monkey tail, I volunteered to sit in the rear compartment so I could monkey-tail myself to the floor, and be free to move around while the aircraft was in flight.
This represents a huge change in outlook for me, as I had made sure while I was in Iraq that I was very securely belted in every time I flew. One of the my aviation buddies had said something a propos of one of the new pilots in their unit which described me well: "He just doesn't trust the aircraft."
I hadn't looked at it that way before, but that was definitely telling my story!
I figure I've come a long way, in terms of my acrophobia, since becoming Chaplain to these aviators! I'd have never thought this could be possible.
It was a beautiful afternoon for flying, and I was able to get some great shots of the Church of the Black Madonna from the air.
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ