Words From the Wife
Let me start
by introducing myself. My
Terria, I’m 50 years old, and I have been happily married for sixteen
years. I have
followed my husband everywhere. He
is active duty in the Air Force and has
served twice overseas in the War.
very proud of my man.
Back to the
I think that
if you are comfortable with flying, or at least don’t mind traveling in
you should take part in building.
be a part of the adventure of building a plane would be a mistake.
I have the
upmost confidence in my husband’s ability to build and fly this plane. So I have no fear. When I first starting
flying, I admit that when
climbing into the plane thoughts of not returning would enter my mind. But that faded with time. Flying is a safe way to
travel, or just to
enjoy the pleasure of being up in the big blue.
When I would get into an auto I did not think,
“Will I be returning?” I
just got in and went. It’s
the same with flying.
my husband, is one of those project guys. He started
with wood working, building our bed, living room tables, pie safe/TV
old-fashioned ice chest/stereo cabinet, and much more.
All things started and, most importantly,
completed. So when
he said, “I want to rebuild a '37
Chevy pickup from the frame up.” I
go for it. She turned out beautiful, check her
someone in San
is enjoying her. When
the plane came
along I knew I had no worries it would get done.
Everything this man sets out to do will get
to fly. I knew it
would be a package
deal when we met. The
first thing he
showed me was plans for a full scale Fokker Tri-Plane.
Now, after his many accomplishments, I know we
will have that plane built someday, and I will be learning a new
His love of
planes was evident; my love for him was too.
If it is the same for you, you needed to
understand this is going to be
a huge part of your life, so get used to it.
If you are married to a “plane nut”, just love
him and support him.
picked out the RV-8 for his first kit, Katie bar the door, there was no
back. He chose the
style so he could get the fighter pilot feel.
At first I was a bit put-off by that because
we would not be able to
look at each other while traveling; I would be looking at the back of
the whole time. But
I understood the
effect he was trying to get out of this very special plane. Let me just say I don’t do
loops, so the
thrill factor was for him.
first crates arrive, just smile. Leave
him alone with his new toy. I
the most difficult part about the plane was sharing my husband’s time. Now, I did have a nickname
for the truck, I
called her “The Mistress” because he was always with her instead of me. That name still holds with
owner. So you get
the idea, these big
projects are time consuming. I
either complain or join in. I
the first few years I did complain, but I found that it was easer to
then make a fuss.
I found when
he had a special task for me to do I really enjoyed that. I was not just sitting
was the time together that I really
was looking for. I
would also bring
lunch, dinner, or even a BBQ to the hanger to have meals together. Now he may say I could
have hung out more,
but it’s not my hobby. You
are not my thing. I
have told my husband
that many times. I
have my own
interests. So I
felt that I spend as
much time as I could or wanted to.
I did learn
lots however from helping build this plane: riveting, alodining,
sheet aluminum, wiring the instruments, working on putting on the
wings, etc. I even
got involved with the local EAA Chapter
in the different cities we lived in and met a lot of great folks as
well. I would
suggest getting into that group.
advise that if you spend time in the hanger, you have a project of your
a good book. I did
enjoy learning about
the planes and how to read the plans – all good things to keep us
closer. Then on the
other hand, if you would like
that time away from your better half, this is a good project as well. Keeps him out of the
in all I would say
planes are not my thing but I do like the idea of getting from point A
B quickly and without hassle. I
enjoyed working with my husband on his plane, but will be glad when it
finished. I trust
Chris completely with
his construction ability and his experience as a pilot.
I look forward to blue skies and fun trips in
this plane with Chris. I