norseman
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What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 3:51 am

We all eat, sleep, breathe, dream, and talk about airplanes. We spend countless hours infront of our computers discussing obscure details about aviation and airplanes, biding the time when we get our next fix at our Mecca: The almighty Airport-The land of those beautiful pieces of technology that flaunt their power, freedom, and ingenuity. We spend countless dollars collecting little pieces of diecast to gawk over on our shelves. We plaster yards of airplane flightdeck posters on our walls. We invest our hard earned money to buy a new 40 gig hard drive where we can store hundreds of images collected on-line, most of which we will probably never view. We catch ourselves at 2:00 a.m. with drool coming out of the corner of our mouths, necks so stiff we can’t turn our heads, flying ONE more approach on our flight sims. Some of us can justify renting an airplane for a 100dollar hamburger, but find it financially devastating to spend 100 dollars on a bag of groceries. Are we all Mad? What is it about these giant pieces of aluminum that drives us to this insanity? When did you get infected by this lovely disease?
 
snake
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 4:21 am

I think we are still amazed that some of these planes can fly. We have come a long way in the last century (Kitty Hawk to the Moon). We all appreciate that fact more than the general public. I was bitten by the bug early on in life. I have wanted to be a pilot as long as I can remember.
 
vngd4me
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 5:46 am

Thats my fascination, defy gravity carrying thousands of pounds at such speeds. Since I was a kid I've been fascinated with things that fly, I agree with Snake totally.
 
zsx81
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 6:23 am

If I knew I wouldnt be such a nut case taking pictures in -4 wind chills.
 
AA777
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 6:29 am

THEY FLY! what more could you ask for? They are beautiful and Amazing machines. They are fast, they are BIG.... They are AWESOME!!
-AA777
 
rabenschlag
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 6:45 am

I got infected when I was 4 years of age. My parents took me to a trip from Germany to Mexico City where some relatives live. We took a Lufthansa DC-10. Fortunately, my parents bought me an AC catalogue, listing all major Aircraft and Helicopters. I think I learned to read over the book because I spent hours studying pictures of 727's, F4e Concorde and the like. After a short time I could reproduce basic data like vmax, manufacturer of the turbines aso. for about 50% of the planes. My relatives loved to present me the pics and I named the figures.
Now I'm 29 and still I am fascinated, although not as nuts as many others here. I still read every bit I can find in the news and spend a good amount of Euros at the newsstand buying FI or German derivates.
Fortunately, my girlfriend is not completely alienated by my passion. In fact, she is fascinated too. At least a bit. She can tell a 737-200 from a 737-800.
Anyway, I do not have any clue why I am so fascinated. There are no reasons. Its a love affair. No rationalisation.

cheers, r.


 
norseman
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 7:33 am

Rabenschlag,

Thanks. It's good to hear that someone else's significant other gets sucked in. I spend half of the day staring out of the office window at the airport, the other half in an airplane instructing. I get home and log on for a few minutes dreaming of being in an airplane again. My wife thinks I'm nuts. She wonders how anyone can be so fascinated by airplanes. I wonder how anyone couldn't.
 
kmia
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 7:33 am

First of all I love flying and aircrafts, second.....I make my $$$$ with these babes  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
cedarjet
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 7:44 am

All of the above...plus the powered non-dairy creamer, and those little salt and pepper sachets. I love those guys!!
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 7:57 am

Intoxicating - what an interesting choice of words. A while back, in a doctor's waiting room, I ran across an article that talked about alcoholism and how recognize it. The article used a series of a dozen or so questions to help identify wheither or nor a person was a problem drinker. Just for "grins" I substituted the words "airplane" and "aviation" for "alcohol" and "drink" when I answered the questions. That afternoon I realized that I am an full blown aircraftoholic. I have been unable to remain "on the wagon" for any significant period of time for over 40 years - heck, I'm not even trying to give it up!
 
AV8N2
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 12:45 pm

All of the above reasons are very true. But the sole reason that I became a pilot was for the fact that since childhood, I have dreamed of never growing up or having to work for a living!!!
My father (also a comm pilot) really hoped that I might have strived for a more respectable career...ie...a drug dealer.  Smile
But seriously, it has been in my family for generations. My great Uncle held license #13 and was taught by Wilbur himself! My father's father flew P-47 in Burma in WWII. My mother's father was a private pilot, and actually drew up the original electrical schematic for the B-17G! The list goes on and on!
Good luck to us all!!!
 
Carioca Canuck
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 1:46 pm

What is the most fascinating thing ?????

That I can fall asleep on one......then wake up 7,000 miles away in a different world.
 
SophieMaltese
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 2:07 pm

Jetguy, it's funny you compare it to alcoholism because I made a similar comparison the other day. I went for an intro flight with an instructor and felt like a crack addict who has just smoked his first rock. I know rationally that it is expensive as hell to learn to fly but I feel like now I'm "hooked" and can't quit. Maybe I should sell crack to pay for my lessons...
 
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 2:42 pm

Sophie...
Just what does smoking rock feel like? Big grin
You're right, it is expensive, but it will be worth it. However, I recommend that you use more conventional means to finance your training. I hate to date myself, but when I learned to fly (1966) avgas was 40 cents a gallon and you could rent a Cessna 150 for $6 per hour wet. I learned in a Aeronca Champ that cost me $4 an hour wet plus $4 hour for the instructor. My private license cost me a little over $600. However, when you're a kid baging groceries @ $1.25/hour it was a fortune.
 
Early Air
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 2:50 pm

Aircraft and big, expensive, fast, amazeing, beautiful machines. Quite possible the highest form of technoligy we have. One thing that amazes me is when I go to the lavratory aboard an aircraft and run the water in the sink. I realize that we have taken a natural resource (water), contained it and let it run 35,000 feet in the air at a speed of 600 mph. I visit the airport about once every other week and I take many photos of the planes landing and taxing. I stare at the aircraft in awe with my barnoculars as they taxi by. I have loved aircraft since the very beginning of my life, I will always love aircraft.

Rgds,
Early Air
 
Guest

RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 3:13 pm

The sounds (DC-10 engines), smells (jet fuel, burning rubber from landing gear), feel (your chest cavity rattling when a 737-200 takes off), and the sights. The fine balance of power and precision. The danger (although flying is statistically safer than driving, it feels more death-defying than driving [unless you drive in Phoenix]).

Jeff in PHX
 
goingboeing
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 9:31 pm

Simple - Jet A
 
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Wed Feb 28, 2001 10:01 pm

Intoxicated when I was very young. My father used to be an airforce pilot student (Tiger Moth, Piper Cub, Harvard) and airforce traffic controller during the fifties. As he was young he saw the Lancasters, Halifaxes and all other stuff crossing Tilburg (NL) for the bombardements on Germany during WOII. From the other side he saw German Stukas, Blenheims, Heinkels, V1's and heard V2's going to England.
Because of his aviation experienced life he always drew war aircraft for me on the backside of his small sigarcartons. I was grown up very close to Maastricht Aachen Airport and during the 70/80's I saw various type of aircraft and airlines flying around: Dakota's and all other DC's, Boeings etc. etc. My brother in law is a captain and instructor on Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Myself: I combined my profession as a graphic designer with my passion for airlines and so I started my own design agency for airlines. I am intoxicated with aviation and airlines. I see airliners as the big ocean steamers (like ships of the Holland-America Line) of the sky; gracious and allmighty.
 
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Thu Mar 01, 2001 2:27 am

Three words:

Thrust.

Power.

Beauty.
 
DL WIDGET HEAD
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Thu Mar 01, 2001 6:59 am

We all have Jet - A fuel running through our veins
 
SophieMaltese
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Thu Mar 01, 2001 1:15 pm

Jetguy, I don't know what smoking rock is like, but I think flying will be a much healthier habit. I just wish the stupid weather would clear up so I can actually start! I guess I'll just have to pay for it from my honest earnings since jail doesn't appeal to me, but if you happen to know of a very old, very rich, almost dead man looking for a young woman to inherit his fortune send him my way.
 
Guest

RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Thu Mar 01, 2001 2:47 pm

Hey, if I ever found somebody like that I'd try and figure out a way to make him think that I was his illegitimate kid. I want it said of me, "He earned his fortune the old fashioned way, he inherited it." Oh, and by the way didn't Anna Nichole Smith already try that scam?
 
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Thu Mar 01, 2001 2:51 pm

A definete mystery. Though the number of us out there grow everyday... As does this forum...... 10k in no time! hehehe
 
SophieMaltese
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Fri Mar 02, 2001 12:20 pm

Yep, Anna Nicole Smith beat me to it. Maybe I should invest my money in huge boobs instead of a pilot's license.
 
Guest

RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Fri Mar 02, 2001 12:31 pm

Naw, it would wreak too much havoc with the weight & balance. Big grin
 
BOAT
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RE: What Is So Intoxicating About Airplanes?

Fri Mar 02, 2001 12:58 pm

Answer, Jack (Daniels) in first class.