Academic journal article Hecate

Force Landings

Academic journal article Hecate

Force Landings

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Titles. Slow rolling. Batten. Close the hatches. Garbo. Hinerangi. Clavel del Aire. Dentist's daughter from Rotorua. Fox furs. Feathers. A government grant in the depression. Adventurer. Gold digger. Jilt.

A girl has to do what a girl has to do who has nothing much to lose but a life in which everyone is exceptional.

Beg. Borrow. Bludge. Hide the write off s. Learn to stall turn and calculate degrees of drift. Magnetic variations. The logistics of a cockpit.

Wear your heart in your mouth. Don't take your eyes off the waves. The compass. Spins. Watching dials tick by torchlight. A flick of the joystick.

When a downdraft plucks and plummets leeward almost into the rising sea

and clambering spluttering up up farther, further . . .

Numb. Dumb. Dizzy with altitude. Only the sobbing engine louder than words. The sky is a wall of air. At fourteen thousand feet a Gypsy moth is wet cloth. Wood. Wire. Metal.

You hurtle through the monsoon's storm cell. …

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