Ah, a stroll down memory lane.
Let me see................
Well, I didn't expirience my first flight until I was 20. BWI
on World Airways DC10. That sealed the deal though.
I guess it all started when I was about 8 years old. I was with my Mom shopping and we passed this bookstore and in the window was this huge book call "The Lore of Flight."
I begged my Mom to buy it, but it was $30.00. That was alot for a book, back in '71. But, she bought it for me as an early birthday gift. I was thrill. I never put the book down.
Then, I remember sitting in my front yard as a curious 9 year old, writing a letter to Boeing, requesting info on their new "Jumbo Jet", the 747.
Much to my surprise, about a week later, a large envelope arrived filled with info, brochures and pictures of the new 747! I still to this day, have a brochure for the 747-100F, complete with diagrams and specs. It's kind of yellow now, but I still have it.
When I was 18, I moved near BWI
, and what a thrill that was. I spent so much time out on Dorsey Road, standing under the approach lights, watching the planes landing on 28.
My biggest thrill was, one morning, I'm coming home from work, past BWI
, and I see Concorde.
I raced home, got my camera and went back.
As luck would have it, Concorde taxied down to 28 to t/o. I was able to stand literally behind it as she pwered up her afterburners, and took to the sky. Boy was that thing loud! Fortunately, I was about 10 feet lower that the runway, because I would have surely been blown into the weeds!
Now that I am older, and have a 9 year old son, I am sharing my aviation expiriences with him.
We have toured BWI
, MDT, ORD
, and SEA
. There will be more to come for sure.
This past June, we took a trip of a lifetime, and went to SEA
and toured Boeing. He was thrilled, as I was seeing him so excited.
I will continue to encourage his aviation hobby in anyway I can.
My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.