Pilot Thomas Nguyen started with a $150 pen.
After he started flying, he said, he was constantly amazed by how his pen would fly.
“I started seeing the airplane flying in front of me,” he said.
Nguyen says that, while the pen is designed for general use, it also works as a tool for more advanced maneuvers.
“It’s the same kind of airplane that I used to fly as a kid,” Nguyen said.
But it’s a little more complicated.
When he started using the pen, Nguyen said, the ink was a little too thin and the pens were a little brittle.
“So I started experimenting with different types of pens and trying different colors, and it was really rewarding,” Nguyen, who works in logistics at the company Air Force Reserve, said.
“The colors work really well together.”
Nguyen’s experiment ended when he used the pen on an aircraft that he flew for a year, he explained.
But the process isn’t always as simple.
“Sometimes I just want to keep it on my desk,” Nguyen added.
“If I want to write something down or take it out, I can do that.
But sometimes I want it to be on the floor or on the ground.”
And it’s important to be careful not to use too much ink.
“You have to keep the ink flowing to keep your writing surface dry,” Nguyen told Fortune.
“But sometimes it’s nice to let the ink dry on your fingers or on a pad.”
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