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The Catalyst

One rather innocuous experience delivered the most exhilarating, victorious, and perfect moments of my life.

‘What if I fall?’ Oh my darling, what if you fly?

“‘What if I fall?’ Oh my darling, what if you fly?” Asta Lander

It took every ounce of courage to knock. Wide-eyed and heart pounding, I heard my voice squeak out a greeting as my flight-instructor neighbor opened his door. And so began the adventure that would change my life in ways I could not have imagined: that knock on the door and asking Al to teach me to “fly upside down.” The day of my first lesson arrived and I awoke with intense anxiety that locked up my gut and refused to let me breathe. I told myself unconvincingly that it would be OK. It was a beau- tiful day. I was an experienced pilot and supposedly an adult too. One way or another, it would all be over in an hour. …

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Kellie Poulin-Kinnard became one of a handful of women pilots in the U.S. who flew warbird aircraft formation flights...

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