So I was listening to ‘Limerick’ again today, and Martin sounded so excited when Douglas suggested they keep the flight deck dark ‘like a fighter plane.’ Then ‘Vaduz’ came up in my shuffle and when they got around to Martin’s medals, it hit me:
Martin joined the Air Cadets because he originally wanted to fly fighters. He aced all the technical knowledge, but when he did the simulator, he passed out because some of the maneuvers made him dizzy. This was also how he learned about his inner ear condition. But he was so determined to fly planes that he decided to get his PPL & CPL and still become a pilot, so he could do the job he loves. But the memory of being told he could never be a fighter pilot still lingers, though he never admits it.