I don't know if "beautiful" is the right word, but certainly the most emotional departure I have ever had occured at Newark, in January, 2002.
I was flying overnight SAN
, but I was re-routed to CO
due to technical problems. The EWR
flight had me in a window seat on the right hand side of the plane, and we took off from runway 4R.
Keep in mind, this was barely four months after 9/11, and my first time flying since that awful day. Also, I had not been expecting to be anywhere NEAR the New York City area, much less with a panoramic view of Manhattan island.
Once we were rolling down the runway, I realized what I was about to see. I could not turn my eyes away.
When we lifted off, the first thing I saw was the Statue of Liberty, still proudly standing in the harbor. It was the most beautiful I sight I had ever seen.
Then we passed by the east side of lower Manhattan. I saw for myself that the twin towers were gone.
But just a glance...we entered a cloudbank and made a left turn, and like that, it was over.
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