First, great topic!
My days w/ aviation began when I was two years old. My first flight was on a Delta 727-200 from ATL-LGA. I was flying w/ my mom to see my grandparents.
I still have the picture of me siting next to the window. To this day, I always take the window!
As the years went by, my father who worked for National in the late 60's would being home model airplanes. I was still young, around seven or eight, so my father would put the models together for me. Pan Am 727, A300, Easterns L1011, Delta 727, and countless others. He hung them w/ string from my
celling. By the age of ten, I started puting them together myself. I started collecting the medal models, mostly Delta. My mom and dad would always bring me medal models home from trips. Once my mother went to JFK and arrived home w/ a set of BA a/c. Included was the Concorde, 747-200, and the 757!
My father in the mean time would take me to the airport almost every weekend. He would bring his movie camera and we would shot film of takeoffs and landings. Growing up in ATL I had the luck of seeing the glory days of Eastern, Air Atlanta, and Valujet to name a few.
By the age of sixteen, I was taking pictures w/ a 35mm camera. I never understood why the pictures never came out the way I saw in magizines. Four years later, I would discover the power of the telephoto lense and a SLR.Now I am starting to shoot slides.
Pay day came last July when I was hired by my first airline. I was in seventh heaven. Having an airport ID in ATL gave me control of a dream, to be next to the big jets I once saw take off over my house. (I live on the fight path to 26R in ATL.) Being able to go into the cockpit everyday and "gossip" w/ the f/a and pilots was truly the "cat's meow".
I collect everything aviation, I have all the top scanners, maps, and a fine SLR to capture the endless stream of jets in ATL. Almost everything in my life is aviation.
Hence the name, planefreak