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BLACKBOARD in the SKY

By Rodger K. Tenney

IT takes about three years of constant practice for a pilot to become a good sky writer. That's almost as long as a course in college. Jim Rose, a Chicago pilot, has been sky writing for six years; so he probably could qualify for a sky writing Ph.D.

"Sky writing is hard on your ship," Jim declares. "The pilot gets a lot of smoke and fumes, but when he lands he can get most of them out of his system. Your ship soaks up oily vapors that in time make it a 'flying tinder box.' So if you have any fire trouble, the plane is almost certain to burn."

Rose uses a che...

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