It may have been the awesome weather? Maybe it was just a normal Tuesday. People must have been out flying and who would blame them? The picture you are seeing to the left stems from Mr. David Quam, Founder of SPA; who send me a whole bunch of them to share with you when he joined the Seaplane Forum. It was a calm day in there, today, yet a beautiful article was published to the SPA blog! It’s a long read, but full of nice pictures about the “Angel Of Mercy”, here about the incredible involvement of a Grumman HU-16C Albatross in helping with the relief efforts of Haiti’s catastrophic events. The article can be found here: http://seaplanes.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/angel-of-mercy/ and is well worth the read! An amazing airplane on an amazing mission!
Seaplanes should be recognized as helpful tools in all kinds of missions. Their spectrum of operational capability has saved more than one life. Very fast boats with wings they are, ready to bring help and equipment to stranded people. For most of us, seaplanes are a “low & slow” thing, we see and enjoy their beauty, their paint jobs, or sometimes their price tags. For most of us, they are a passion, a dream we may have carried for a long time before being able to materialize. For some others they are just machines serving a certain purpose. Be it joy or pure business, a seaplane leaves people wondering about how it’s like to take off and land in places that are sometimes not accessible in any other way. How much attention have we paid to the sights they offer us? How many times have we used treetops as reference line to set up for a glassy water landing on a mirror surfaced lake? A lake others cannot see without sitting in their trucks, or ATV’s for hours on end. While it is always good to look out the window when flying, look a little more intensely at the sights you get to see. Enjoying this romance is the ultimate for many of us, yet we tend to forget that this very same machine, can rescue a child from an island off the coast of Maine, save a distressed boat crew, or maybe an injured hunter somewhere in the woods, tomorrow. I think the article shines a beautiful light on this.