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The Dengler Domain: Planes

June 16, 2017
Sean Dengler - Columnist , Dysart Reporter

Unfortunately, humans cannot use their bodies to fly. It is truly sad because something with a brain so small like a bird goes up, up, and away. It is not all bad. Humans are smart by building airplanes to take us from location to the next. The process is quick or long if one frequents the far regions of the Earth. Getting back to the roots of this column, it is time to determine which 1940s era airplane, this man, me, who is scared of heights, would want to fly above our great land.

This first plane, a Mooney M-18C, looks fun. Seeing the propeller spin around as one navigates the sky would be fun. The cockpit is a tight fit, but it provides enough room for a taller individual. The plane's tricycle landing gear allows for a smooth landing as one descends to the ground. The hull of the plane is a bit chunky. Slimming it down would provide a better experience. If I were to fly this plane in the picture, people would think a radioactive banana is flying through the skies. Radioactive banana or no radioactive banana, this plane would be fun to fly.

This second plane, a Bellanca 14-13 Cruisair Senior, has a sleeker frame than the Mooney M-18C. This plane would be fun to pull up into the air as its slim frame cuts through the winds of the sky. The smaller feel of this plane provides a pleasurable user experience. It would get from point A to point B with ease. The cockpit would be a cozy place to sit in to enjoy the sights one sees while flying the plane.

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The third plane, a Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, would be a lot of fun to fly. With the wings on top of the plane, it provides more ample viewing of the sights below. This plane also has a slim and sleek design compared to the first plane. This nimbleness provides it the opportunity fit it more with the Earth's skies. The tail's rounded tip provides a different design compared to the first plane.

After discussing these three planes, only one plane can be the one I want to guide across the skies. The Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser is the plane for me. With the wings being on top of the plane, this allows me to look down and see how far I am above the ground. This will be scary, but this view does not happen every day. Whether it is this plane or another single-engine plane, everyone should take a chance to enjoy this experience.

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