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From John Lear (highly experienced Airline & Aviation
Pilot ... flown everything that flies, in his time ... son of Bill
Lear, inventor of the Lear Jet) ...
... And I quote:
"It's bullshit. It's not aviation construction, it's Ace
Hardware. Too thin, no cotter pins etc.
(And John Lear should know ....)
PS John tells a story about himself. Which has since become an
in-joke amongst his friends. Being who he is, and with his
experience, he can board any plane in the world, and go and sit in
the (usually empty) seat reserved - in the cockpit - for an
Instructor. One day he was flying back to Los Angeles, from Florida,
with a friend ... who had to get a regular ticket, and sit in the
Passenger Cabin. They got separated (for some reason) and the friend
found his seat, and took the flight. In Los Angeles, he then tried
to find John ... but couldn't. What had happened is that John had
sat down in the wrong plane, and flown up north. So the joke is "John
Lear ... the man who can't find the right plane".