This is a picture taken by Bill Greenwood on my 35 mm, just before I set off on my flight. In the previous picture, Bill, the backside of him, at least, can be seen in the coveralls.
Lin had talked Bill into giving me a ride, and I had long since given up all hope of flying in a high performance airplane, realizing that the "right stuff" just wasn't there. So I had read anything and everything until Lin tracked down Bill and charmed him into offering me a ride. He has since made the operation a commercial venture, and who can blame him considering airframe and engine maintenance requirements. I guess I got in under the wire. His current weight requirement is 190 pounds for the aft cockpit, so I'm grounded!
Here's the Spitfire Kiss: