January 5, 2021
About my Tail Number
N727WB is the registration number for my plane. The 727 is my birthday and
it is a nice coincidence that my birthday has so many 7's in it. WB are the
initials of one of the most influential aviators in my life, my grandfather, Werner
Birkelbach. He was a glider pilot in WWII and took part in the D-day invasion
of Normandy as well as the invasion of Holland. He really gave me a lot of
encouragement when I was a kid learning to fly. He passed away in 2003 and was
flying on a fairly regular basis all the way up until the cancer made that impossible.
He was flying into his 80s in both his LS4 sailplane (W4) and towing
in the club's Bellanca Scout.|
One of my greatest dissappointments was that he never got to fly N727WB but
he's with me everytime she flys now.
I miss you Papa!