The Amazing Charles Jacob Young
Takes to the Sky!
"On August 11th at 1620 PDT, on his 16th Birthday (actually we cheated by about 4.5 hours since he wasn’t born until 2100), Charles Jacob Young, did alone, and completely unassisted, safely defy gravity in our trusty Cessna 172, N94CA and solo with 3 takeoffs and 3 landings (no bounces) at Seattle’s Boeing Field."
"This now makes 3 out of 3 of the Young household that are pilots. His mother and I are beyond thrilled (and I didn't know she could hold her breath that long while he went around the pattern). That 172 felt like a fighter on takeoff without Dad in the right seat, as sure was quiet too without someone talking the whole time! Too bad that same plane floated half way down the runway on landing!"
First approach to landing!
It will be cool for him in the future to look at these pictures as he Captains one of those 787s
"First landing. Right in front of the Boeing Flight Test center where his mom and dad met over 25 years ago - leading to this day, That airplane that leapt into the air on takeoff sure seems to float forever on landing!"
Losing his shirttail
"He will take his car drivers license test next week -
you have to have your priorities."
His father says, "I would really appreciate if you could relate to him what your first solo meant to you. This is a very special group of people he is joining."
I'm looking forward to flying with you!
(8 years ... you can do it!)
Enjoy the Journey!