Excellent description Espion007.
I was born at Ft. Rucker while my dad was still flying Hueys in the Army as an Instructor Pilot. Helicopters were on my Birth Certificate. Between the love of aviation that my dad instilled in me and having 2 uncles that work at NASA sending me all sorts of crew patches, inside mags and pictures.... it was kinda naturual to fall in love with aviation and space.
And the event that clinched the deal was seeing the US Navy Blue Angels from the DAB
'84 airshow. And not even so much that as Sunday afternoon after the show we went out to ERAU's parking lot to watch the static display aircraft leave for home. All I remember for sure is watching F-15's at dusk staying low over the runway after takeoff and at the end... by Clyde Morris... going vertical with full afterburner until you couldn't see them anymore. THAT, at age 13, hooked me for good. And it was at that point that I started learning everything I could about planes.
And now I get to fly them