Congratulations on your story about air show crashes ("Toll of U.S. Air Shows: 100 Lives and $1 Billion," Sept. 4)
It is high time the public's attention be directed toward this subject. It seems to me that the cost in lives and dollars, and in the image of aviation, has been excessive for what we have received in return. Yet the general attitude persists that shows to please the public and give them "thrills" are justified.
I am very fond of airplanes. I have been flying them all of my life. I still pause and look up when I hear one go over, because I like to look at them. But I am a serious and conservative pilot.
When a customer is about to buy something, he is entitled to a demonstration. But when you visit a dealer to test drive a new car, do you take it to the drag strip to check the acceleration from 0 to 60? Do you look forward to the salesman taking it out on the crowded freeway and driving in formation with other models, rear view mirror to rear view mirror at a hundred miles an hour to show its "roadability?" Why do we tolerate that sort of stuff when people are selling airplanes?