“Captain Midnight,” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #21

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.


Listen to “Captain Midnight” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #21

As you’ve likely heard, the final Learjet was recently delivered following almost 60 years of production. I was a kid when the Lear 23 was first introduced in 1964.

Although a few other corporate jets were flying by then, most companies still motored around in relatively slow, unpressurized piston airplanes, many of them repurposed WWII-era bombers and freighters.

The Lear was so sleek, sexy, and fast in comparison that it seemingly arrived from the future, revolutionizing air travel as evidenced by some 3,000 aircraft delivered over so many years.

Today’s episode is a tribute to the Learjet via “Captain Midnight,” Frank Rosenstein, one of the model’s early captains⸺ the most dashing pilot I’ve ever known, who along the way inspired me and other enthusiastic kids to earn their wings, following in his footsteps.

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Greg

See associated photos below! (Photos courtesy Nancy Rosenstein, and by Barry Schiff as noted.)

Podcast music by Hannis Brown.

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“Backstory: Flight Instructor Hall of Fame,” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #20

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.


Listen to “Backstory: Flight Instructor Hall of Fame,” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #20

Every aviator develops mutually rewarding relationships with the flight instructors delivering his or her wings. Well, here’s the backstory of one of those relationships, that led over 22 years to the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame. But while today’s episode formally targets CFIs, it’s a story every pilot will appreciate.

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Greg

Podcast music by Hannis Brown.

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About Greg

A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.”Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist

“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest

So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!


Please support Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast, Blog, & Student Pilot Pep Talk Facebook Group!

Make a one-time donation, or better yet, subscribe your ongoing support. Thank you! Greg


For more guidance on this topic, see Greg’s book, The Savvy Flight Instructor 2nd Edition.


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Grand Canyon by “Flying Carpet”

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Greg’s 2022 Photo Wall Calendars: “Airport Magic,” “Views over Sedona,” & “Mosel Valley Castles!”

These super-quality calendars are printed on premium heavy stock by the same pro lab that prints my renowned Fine Art Photo Metal Prints & Pilot Achievement Plaques.

Each 11″x17″ calendar cover and 8.5″x11″ monthly photo is suitable for framing, and there’s plenty of calendar space for daily notes.

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Happy New Year!

Greg


Introducing Greg’s 2022 “Airport Magic from the Flying Carpet” Photo Wall Calendar!

Check out Greg’s new 2022 “Airport Magic, from the Flying Carpet” Photo Wall Calendar!

This colorful 11″x17″ calendar captures the magic of flight, but you and your gift recipients needn’t be aviators to appreciate it!

It features thirteen captivating photographs of diverse North American airports I’ve visited by Flying Carpet, at all times of year.

Few of us view calendar covers after opening, so I rotated the cover photo 90 degrees to create an 11″x17″ vista suitable for framing. (Monthly photos are 8½” x 11″, with plenty of space for daily notes.)

These super-quality calendars are printed on premium stock by the same lab that prints my Fine Art Photo Metal Prints.

You are hereby officially authorized to remove and frame the cover photo(and any others for that matter) either to remind you of past flying adventures, or to inspire future ones!

Click here to order and preview the monthly photos.

$29.95 + shipping & applicable tax.

Greg


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“Miles and Miles of Sunflowers!” Greg’s latest Fine Art Aerial Photo Metal Print!

Hey Friends, thanks to your enthusiastic reception, here’s “Miles and Miles of Sunflowers,” my latest “View from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Metal Print!

I was returning my wife Jean and her tennis teammate Jenny from a tournament in El Paso. Five long hours round trip by Flying Carpet, and it was too hazy to see anything special… until 15 minutes from home.

There we encountered these vivid, horizon-to-horizon sunflowers sweeping from Lake Mary toward the San Francisco Peaks. Never have we seen anything like this before! This turns out to be Northern Arizona’s most amazing wildflower year in memory, and we’re thrilled to have captured even a tiny fragment of it from aloft.

Nowhere is the power of numbers more boldly reflected than in these fields of sunflowers captured from a speeding airplane thousands of feet in the air!

Like all my Fine Art Metal Prints, “Miles and Miles of Sunflowers,” ready-to-hang pricing starts at just $125, with super-affordable 2-day shipping throughout the Continental US.

Check out all my Views from the Flying Carpet aerials* and Down to Earth terrestrial photos!* (*These pages take a moment to load.)

Many thanks to all who invest in my prints, books, and pilot achievement plaques!

Greg


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Miles and Miles of Sunflowers!

I flew my wife and her teammate to El Paso and back over the weekend to compete in tennis sectionals. Two grueling 5-hour round trips, and too hazy to see much of anything in either case, until…

Just 15 minutes from home, I encountered horizon-to-horizon gold! All that yellow is wildflowers, most if not all, sunflowers!

Talk about the power of numbers! Imagine how many plants it takes to carpet so many square miles, vividly viewed from a speeding airplane several thousand feet in the air!

If anyone’s interested in having one of these as a Fine Art Metal Print, please drop me a message. (See my current Views from the Flying Carpet and Down to Earth Fine Art Metal Prints.)

Greg

Top photo: Sunflowers stretch from south of Lake Mary toward the San Francisco Peaks. Below: Miles of wildflowers span northeast to northwest viewed from over Mormon Lake. (Click images to enlarge.)


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Introducing, “Sunset Landing,” (above) one of several exciting new “Views from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Metal Prints!

Night photography from an airplane is tough, so most attempts I must pitch. That makes Sunset Landing so special that I invested extra care and multiple proofs to get the sky-ground balance just right. Tell me what you think!

I’ve also added the following new Fine Art Metal Prints, and more.

Check out all my Views from the Flying Carpet and Down to Earth photo prints, which are now easier to peruse. (Also available in Pilot Achievement Plaques.)

Fine Art Metal Print pricing starts ready-to-hang at just $125, plus 2-day shipping to the Continental US for only $20-$30 up to the largest sizes.

Many thanks to all who have invested in my prints, books, and pilot achievement plaques over the years!

Greg


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“Sedona Awakes,” Greg’s latest “View from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Aerial Photo Metal Print!

Hey Friends, check out “Sedona Awakes,” my latest “View from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Metal Print!

Clouds low enough to top by light airplane are relatively rare in Northern Arizona, so encountering Sedona’s sun-sparkled rock formations “peaking” through this veil of stratus one recent early-morning flight was quite a treat.

Like all my Fine Art Metal Prints, “Sedona Awakes,” pricing starts ready-to-hang at just $125, with 2-day shipping to the Continental US only $20-$30 up to the largest sizes. (Also available in Pilot Achievement Plaques.)

Oh, and please visit my newly revamped  Views from the Flying Carpet aerials and Down to Earth terrestrial photo collections, which are now much easier to peruse.

Many thanks to all who have invested in my prints, books, and pilot achievement plaques over the years!

Greg


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“Pilgrimage to Oshkosh!” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #18

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.


Listen to “Pilgrimage to Oshkosh!” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #18

Most pilots are familiar with EAA’s annual AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh Wisconsin, the largest pilot gathering in the world. But what compels enthusiasts to travel vast distances to attend this event?

Sure, AirVenture offers airshows and seminars and exotic aircraft, and all the latest airplanes and gadgets any aviator could wish for. But would it be the same attraction if we could just walk across town and enter through the gate? I think not.

Oshkosh is about the journey to get there as much as it is about the fly-in itself. And not just the physical journey, but the emotional one…

So hop in the Flying Carpet with me, and we’ll go check it out!

If you enjoy this podcast, please share with friends!

Greg

Podcast music by Hannis Brown.

“Dark Clouds over Kansas, pierced by the eye of the sun.”

Find all Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast episodes here!


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About Greg

A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.”Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist

“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest

So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!


Please support Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast, Blog, & Student Pilot Pep Talk Facebook Group!

Make a one-time donation, or better yet, subscribe your ongoing support. Thank you! Greg


If you enjoyed this story, you’ll love Greg’s book, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane. Autographed copies available!


Check out Greg’s Aviation Books, Fine Art Aerial Photo Prints, and Pilot Achievement Plaques!


Greg’s Aviation Books

Greg’s “Views from the Flying Carpet” Aerial Fine Art Prints

Greg’s Pilot Achievement Plaques

Follow Greg on Social Media!