Photo curtsy of Ted Strutz

Photo curtsy of Ted Strutz

Samson is special you know, there ain’t many like him. He has power a plenty and can land where others can’t. You know when I am flying over routes used by earlier generations to get around, I marvel at their tenacity.
But you know Samson has tenacity, once as I was when I was landing a family of beavers surfaced just as we touched down. Old Samson just lifted a float and smiled at them critters. Many a time he’s dodged water logged tree trunks, I have never know anyone better. If you buy him, you better treat him well.

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

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  1. Tannille

    Samson is only as good as his pilot or AI chip

    1. Michael Humphris

      But the owner of Samson believes that the plane has magical powers. Perhaps the chip is magical

      1. Tannille

        Ooo good point!

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    A sea plane with a heart? Or a pilot with one. Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Perhaps both, some believe that the plane has magical powers.

  3. ceayr

    Very clever, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      It’s Samson who is clever,

  4. Colline

    You treat the plane well, it will do much for you in return.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true. I have spent the day at Leeds and Bradford airport, all the plane where washed and well turned out.

  5. Dale


    1. Michael Humphris

      Perhaps a little to sweet, however I spent today at my local airport ‘Leeds and Bradford’, where all the plane were washed and well turned out.

  6. Susan A Eames

    Ah, I wasn’t expecting Samson to be the plane itself! Lovely story.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Susan, I set out to write a Rev Awdry type story, but failed. However I did spend the day at Leeds and Bradford airport, where all the plane where washed and well turned out. So maybe a story will turn up yet.

  7. Iain Kelly

    I’d like Samson for all my journeys 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Me to, very much so.

  8. JoHawkTheWriter

    Your story gave me goosebumps.

    1. Michael Humphris

      In a good way I hope Jo

      1. JoHawkTheWriter


  9. bearmkwa

    Great story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      You are kind, thank you bearmkwa

  10. theministryofshrawleywalks

    Only as good as the pilot, I’m sure someone said that before, but its right. Good stuff.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The pilot is important, but it appears that Samson has a sixth sense about danger.

  11. msjadeli

    Sounds like the two make a good team. Why is he selling his lucky charm?

    1. Michael Humphris

      He is 87 and so now needs to find a suitable replacement owner. However he will only sell if the new owner is right ☺️

      1. msjadeli


  12. 4963andypop

    Such affection in the voice of this pilot, parting with his loyal companion. Samson, with its connotation of strength and hidden vulnerability (as in the Old Testament) is a fine name for a plane.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so very much for your feedback, it was appreciated

  13. anuragbakhshi

    Awww, so much love and pride for an old companion, even though it’s ‘just a plane’.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, yes a loyal companion requires love and gives pride.

  14. Sandra

    The affection for Samson comes through loud and clear. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, for a comment which is pertinent for me, thank you again.

  15. Danny James

    I’ll fly with him.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Me to Danny, me to

  16. Keith's Ramblings

    A plane with a heart! Nice one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      A big heart, thank you Keith

  17. patriciaruthsusan

    Now there’s a man in love with his seaplane. It sounds like he’s reaching an age where he can’t fly like he used to. I hope Samson finds a good home. Good story and well written, Michael. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne, I considered enlarging this story into a story for children, but so far I have failed.

  18. Brenda's Thoughts

    I think Samson’s owner is smitten with his plane. Lovely story, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Smitten is a very good term, for smitten he is. Thank you Brenda

  19. granonine

    Wonderful voice, and you can actually feel his love for his plane. Nice job.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Linda

  20. Abhijit Ray

    Many say material possessions are just machines without feelings. But we still form attachment with our possessions. Believe me if we love our boat, plane, car, they love us back. We must treat everything we own, inanimate and living, with love.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I agree totally, when we appreciate we care.

  21. lisarey1990

    Great creativity, well-told. Samson’s a great character.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I much appreciate your feedback, thank you so much.

  22. Nan Falkner

    Nice story! Beavers – I remember the first time I learned how to water ski. I was going along and suddenly every one was pointing at something ahead of me and swish, swish. I just water skied over a mound of water moccasins that were moving to the other side of the rising lake. Samson is a really good pilot! He saved the beavers with hardly a blink! I like this guy – I really, really do!

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your feedback Nan, I would love to see Beavers, perhaps I should have taken up water ski-ing. Water ski-ing wow…

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