THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 109
…“Did your mother give her blessing?”
“No, she was wondering if I kidnapped you...
If there was any doubt about what she was about to do, they vanish when Roy escorts Francine up the three stairs into the 2015 whirlybird, his strong yet tender handling of her hand has that reassuring feeling.
“When you see my apartment, it will go a long way to explain this helicopter…and that little baby over there,” he points to his Learjet in the corner. “The jet is waiting for new tires.”
“There is more to Roy Crippen than meets the eye. So how many other girls have flown in this machine?”
“I don’t know about the previous owner, a pharmaceutical company I believe, but you are the only real female friend I’ve allowed to ride along.”
“My Mother is a female and I fly her into Wesley Wood Geriatric in Atlanta for her check-ups. And by the by, I had to tell her where I was going and with who. She wanted to know how I met you, until I mentioned your name and she about fainted.”
“Did she give her blessing?”
What had started as a seven day getaway has ballooned to three week hiatus. —
— After strapping themselves in and being pulled out onto the helipad, the pilot makes one final check of the gauges.
“Don’t forget to check the four-axis autopilot circuit,” Francine comments.
Now that is something you don’t hear a television anchor say every day. “How about the Mode C transponder?”
“No, I believe when you squawk the tower it should reset itself.”
“How do you know these things Missy,” he has to ask?
“I am taking flying lessons out at Sugarland/Hull Airport.”
“I’ve been out there on Rt. 59. Lots of airspace,” he confirms.