I love airfields for many reasons, but one really big reason is they have prepared surfaces. Here's a shot of an airplane after its engine quite. I have to say, one great thing of this event is it got the 'monkey' off my back. Which monkey? The engine quitting of a single-engine airplane. It wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. In fact, gravel is a pretty good landing surface. Very forgiving and helps you slow down. You can't see it here, but there was a sign for a 90 degree turn after the hill. I was thinking, "how close is this turn?" but it was no factor. There was plenty of room to stop. I'm not suggesting an off-field landing, but I kind of am. It's a great experience. What you can't control is people calling 911 (because they care) and that might make your experiment more involved than you intended.
The airplane after I pulled it off the road.
The aerial view of a landing strip vs an airfield.
A great reminder that aviation and it's media are simply incredible.
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