Yes to both. I would be led to believe that most that get involved in aviation become addicted to the technology, the lifestyle and the sexiness of aircraft. The first object I ever saw fly was a US Navy Airship from Lakehurst New Jersey. It was huge!...I was three...I never looked down again. Now 56, nothing flies past my head without my looking up at it. I have been blessed with fantastic opportunities as an aviation photographer, pilot and mechanic. Would not have it any other way.
I used to fly gliders every weekend for 21 years and never once mounted a camera externally. Now with my Go-Pro which is destined for a "near space" excursion, I might take it up and play with it a bit before it gets lost in space!. Great pix!