OK, I'm sure this has been asked here before but I didn't see it. So I want to know about some of the beautiful or amazing things you've seen from an airplane. I'll start:
at dusk the CPT
called me to the cockpit about 30 seconds after T/O to show me the view out the front windscreen. (This was pre-9/11 when we could just use our keys to get in.) We were flying directly at a snowy mountain which looked just like the Paramount Pictures logo mountain. That was very nice.
-I've seen Aurora Borealis while flying over Canada and Greenland. It's really amazing from the air.
-St. Elmos Fire climbing up the windshield of a Super 80. (The CPT
played a practical joke on me and told me that if I touched the glass the electricity would be drawn to my hand, like in one of those static electricity balls. Of course, I fell for it and placed my hand on the glass. They had a pretty good laugh at my expense.)
-Flying up the Hudson river while approaching LGA
at night once I saw that Manhattan was completely covered by fog and only the glow of the city lights showed the shape of the Island. The best part was that the WTC, Empire State Building, and a few other tall buildings were sticking up out of the "cloud".
-After diverting to Shreveport (while in route to DFW
for some training) we took off again to complete the journey. I saw the huge storm clouds that had grounded us. It was the biggest thing I've ever seen in my life. You could see other planes flying past them and the way they looked with the sun reflecting off of them was awesome.
I can still see each of these sites very vividly in my mind when I think about them. It's just one of the extra perks of working on an airplane. So does anyone else have any to share?