|Project by JonJ||posted 03-14-2011 07:56 PM||1957 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
I know there are several stereoscopes on LJ’s that are far nicer than this, but what makes this one special is who it was made for…Mr. Paul Vance.
Last winter I found out about a gentleman who lives in a nearby town and has a collection of aviation memorbelia that he has collected in his probably 70+ years of flying. I called him to arrange a tour of his museum which is by appointment only, for of all reasons, because not enough people visit to keep it open all the time. I found that hard to believe when I found saw all the things on display. This man did not just meet, but was friends with people like Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, and many of the Appollo astronauts. I cannot even begin to sum up all the achievments in his lifetime and do him justice, but I guess one of the things that stood out the most to me, was his work with the Appollo program after the fire on Appollo 1, on flame retardant materials for the space program as well as general aviation. He was also a flight instructor during WWII, and several of his pilots became aces. Mr. Vance continued to fly until just a few years ago, and only stopped because an inland hurricane destroyed his plane. He is well in his 90’s now, but I seriously would have thought he was only in his 60’s, as for several hours he enthusiastcally showed off his collection. He is still very active in the community, and owns a factory that produces insulation and fire resistant material. I felt I should do Something for him to show my gratitude for taking time from his busy scedule , so I decided to make a stereoscope with some aerial 3d shots I took from my ultralight. I have never met anyone who had achieved so much, yet was so gracious…the perfect example of a gentleman and a hero from a bygone era. As we were leaving the museum, I was thanking him again for taking time to spend with me and my 3 young sons, as I knew he had some important real estate issues to work with. Without missing a beat, he gestured at my boys chasing each other on the sidewalk and said “This…this is what’s important.”