My Brother can fly Airplanes

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my CAMERA!!!! Can you believe it? I forgot camera on one of the most exciting days in my brother’s life! I guess I just wasn’t thinking straight! I didn’t realize how big of a deal this was! My brother, who is only 16 and in high school, has been training and studying to get his pilot’s license.  When most kids are playing video games on Saturday morning, Corey is up at the crack of dawn heading to his flying lesson. Not only does he have lessons, he also has to keep up with his Ground School work. Getting your pilot’s license isn’t easy!! At all! In fact, it’s not for everyone. For instance, yours truly could NEVER fly an airplane. I would either get so nervous that I would scream and

freakout…. or I would be so excited to see the view from the clouds that I would forget to keep driving…. or flying.. whatever.  Corey is the perfect person to aspire to be a Pilot and I am SO SO SO incredibly proud of him.


So last Monday, Michael and I got a call that Corey had passed his flight test and was going to SOLO for the first time…. ever. This is HUGE.  It means Corey was going to be in an airplane without ANY instructor and he was going to fly… SOLO. CRAZY! We all stood there quietly as he drove the plane down the runway and prepared for take off.  Momma started saying “ohhhh gosh, ohh gosh” and I immediately started hating myself for FORGETTING my camera!!! Corey took off and landed perfectly. It was awesome!!! Everything in me wanted to start doing random cheers as if I was standing on the sidelines of a high school football game! I was so proud and excited for him!!!!! Luckily, our family friend, Frank has his fancy phone and was able to capture the moment! Thanks Frank!!!!  So, I am once again, a VERY proud sister!! Have a GREAT tuesday night and get excited for Wedding Wednesday tomorrow!


oh and ps. evidently when you solo for the first time, the tradition is to cut the back of your shirt off and write the plane # and stuff on it! (I don’t really understand what it symbolizes but it was fun to watch them cut up Corey’s new $35 shirt! haha Momma was so excited she didn’t even care)

8 Comments Personal
  1. Suzanne Hines reply

    Only you could take such great pics on a PHONE! Congrats to your baby Bro!

  2. katie yuen reply

    those pictures are great for a phone! AND ITS SO COOL THAT HE CAN FLY! Your family is so talented!

  3. Anna Burke reply

    Oh great! Dad is ALWAYS talking about how “awesome” his phone is… Now that you’ve mentioned it on the blog, he’s really going to think it’s “awesome” :) So excited for Corey! He’s an AMAZING young man… hopefully, he can marry one of my sisters and we can all be real family :)

  4. Emy reply

    YAYAAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!! gosh im so stinkin’ proud of him!!! my brother is awesome!! I LOVE COREY, HE AMAZES ME!!!!! I have the coolest brother in the world!!

  5. Frank reply

    These were shot RAW in manual with Droid X !!!!

  6. Kristina N. reply

    Aw, congratulations to Corey!

  7. Brendan McElroy reply

    Corey, that is so awesome. Congrats dude!

  8. Samantha Morris reply

    Congrats to your brother! I have been a flight instructor for 10 years now and I never did question why we cut off the shirttails after solo ~ just seemed like a cool tradition to me — so I wiki-ed it here is your answer :-)
    In American aviation lore, the traditional removal of a new pilot’s shirt tail is a sign of the instructor’s new confidence in his student after successful completion of the 1st solo flight. In the days of tandem trainers, the student sat in the front seat, with the instructor behind. As there were often no radios in these early days of aviation, the instructor would tug on the student pilot’s shirttail to get his attention, and then yell in his ear. A successful first solo flight is an indication that the student can fly without the instructor (“instructor-less” flight). Hence, there is no longer a need for the shirt tail, and it is cut off by the (often) proud instructor, and sometimes displayed as a trophy.

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