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Joe A. Williams
Jacksonville, Florida, USA

The links below will show a handful of pictures from my travels, my travel calendar, and the details of my engine failure in an airplane while enroute to Gainesville, Florida (I missed the Dance With The Gods weekend). The pictures are updated periodically as I find time (yeah, right...) to shrink the photos down to an appropriate size for displaying on the site. The engine failure and airplane takeoff pages have pictures and details of the engine out incident, as well as a transcript of my communications to Fayetteville Air Traffic Control during the incident. Video of the takeoff from the road has been posted!

Picture Gallery
Engine failure at 6500 feet!
Airplane takeoff from road
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Travel Calendar



Because I fly,
I laugh more than other men,
I look up and see more than they,
I know how the clouds feel,
What it's like to have the blue in my lap,
To look down on birds,
to feel the freedom of
a thing called "the stick". . .
Who but I can slice
between God's billowed legs,
and feel them laugh
and crash with his step?
Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?
The rainbow's secret?
The real reason
birds sing?
Because I fly,
I envy no man on earth.
by Grover C. Norwood

Someday we will know, where the pilots go
When their work on earth is through.
Where the air is clean, and the engines gleam,
And the skies are always blue.
They have flown alone, with the engine's moan,
As they sweat the great beyond,
And they take delight, at the awesome sight
of the world spread far and yon.

Yet not alone, for above the moan, when the earth is
out of sight,
As they make their stand, He takes their hand,
and guides them through the night.
How near to God are these men of sod,
Who step near death's last door?
Oh, these men are real, not made of steel,
But He knows who goes before,

And how they live, and love and are beloved,
But their love is most for air.
And with death about, they will still fly out,
And leave their troubles there.
He knows these things, of men with wings,
And He knows they are surely true.
And He will give a hand, to such a man
'Cause He's a pilot too.