April 2007 Issue

First Word: 04/07

A couple of summers ago, I was visiting the Diamond Aircraft factory at a lovely Austrian airport called Wiener-Neustadt, just south of Vienna. We were having lunch at an outdoor café right near the parallel taxiway when I noticed something odd. A Cherokee on its way to the runup pad raced by at what appeared to be near-Warp speed. I didn’t think much of it at first, then I noticed another, then another, all of them taxiing fast enough to look like they were about to rotate.

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