Probably a good topic to enter my first post on this wonderful forum.
I've long been fascinated by airplanes. As a kid, I loved going to the airport
in the late 50's) with my parents to pick up visitors from out of town,
or with my mom to drop my dad off as he flew from SFO
-idelwild on TWA
Constellations, and loved hearing the stories about the flight..twelve hours
to New York! And then, the first time he flew on a jet..707 and the stories
about that..and then a 727!
In my late teens a friend and I would drive up to SFO
and park in an area
just watching them come and go..when the 747's arrived we'd drive on
an access road and park and just look at the thing in total amazement.
My first airplane flight was on an Air West DC9 from SFO
..and I was
hooked. Flew back on a United 727-100 in the early evening, marveling
at the sight of clouds below me.
Later, my then wife and I moved our family to Colorado Springs, and as
luck would have it, our home was right near the airport and I'd stop working
in the yard to watch them come and go. My young son would ask "Dad..why
do you always watch airplanes?"
It was at this time that I started
a lot of business travel..usually between COS
occasional trips to Boston Toronto and the west coast. But the southwest
US trips were nearly monthly..flew on 727's 737's, Twin Otters from COS
Frontier Convair 580's, DASH 7's. There were times I literally couldn't sleep
for the excitement of flying somewhere. My first widebody flight was a DC10
I always had to sit by a window, because I just had to see outside and watch
what was going on..when UA
started putting air-ground radio traffic
on their entertainment system, I thought I was in heaven..
Now, I live in New Hampshire..during a post divorce period, I'd often park
watching them come and go, and take my youngest son with me..and
now I live with my new wife right near the base for 35. Armed with my scanner
I can sit on my deck and listen and watch. My stepdaughter, now 14 used
to ask me "Jim, why are you always watching airplanes", like my son did.
Now she asks "can we go to the airport and watch planes this weekend, or
"what kind of plane is that?"
I guess I'm on this forum because I love airplanes and flying.