The Failure In reporting his dispatch to Texas in November, 1941, and in reporting his failure as a test pilot, Herb failed to pay attention to the time line when these historic events occurred. The dispatch to Texas at the beginning of World War II was actually Herb’s birth announcement. The end of his career as a test pilot takes a little more explaining.
A black car came barreling down the runway, blaring its horn, cut between the tow craft & the XSP, and rolled over the tow line. The tow line snapped. Words cannot convey how horrible the next few moments were. Herb can only leave them to your imagination. The XSP never flew. The design company closed its doors. Herb never piloted another prototype aircraft.
When the black car had come to a full stop, a lady stepped onto the runway and announced, “No 5-year-old son of mine is going to pilot a glider, designed and built by a 13-year-old cousin and pulled down a gravel road by a farm tractor.”
The Lesson Herb learned that people have preconceived ideas before they start to read something or to listen to someone. Often they jump to the wrong conclusion when the truth is told.
The Success When writing or speaking to a group, Herb is careful about the order in which he reveals facts. This has made him a convincing writer and speaker while misdirecting his audience.