NOBODY at work understands why I take pics of airplanes..........they look at work as such and couldn't care less about the airplanes. There are a few that like general aviation. But, on the other hand, I don't understand why alot of my co-workers enjoy getting up at 5am to sit in a tree waiting for a deer to walk by so they can shoot it!!!!
That summarizes EXACTLY the relationship between my Dad and I! He is a hunting/shooting buff and knows everything there is to know I think. He's a retired UA
mechanic of 35+ years, and to him, airplanes just remind him of work, and always refers to travel as a "busman's holiday" and can't understand why I'm such a nutcase, but respects my interest, most of the time.
Someone mentioned it's more like a disease...I'll agree, to an extent. I first flew when I was 3 weeks old, and I think that did it! UA
. I can't go anywhere without looking up or trying to identify what sort of plane it is. Going to the airport is like a day at the beach, and I love the whole experience from start to finish.
Aviaiton is my life, interest, etc. Frankly, I don't care what other's think...as has been stated, a lot of people are in no position to be criticizing me for liking airplanes, etc., espeiclly those beanie-baby collectors like someone said...LOL! More than anything, people are amazed at what I know and shrug it off and keep their thoughts to themselves. I do have other interests, like computers, history, German beers, among others. But I'm an aviation nut through and through.
One funny story I always like to tell is this: when I lived south of SF
as a kid, I played in little league, my Dad helped with the team. Well, I played LF
usually. During one game, some kid hit the ball my direction, but I didn't see it. Why? Well...there was a UA
741 or 742 making it's final turn to 28L/28R, that's why! Even better yet, it was lowering it's flaps and landing gear, and I was in a trance watching that beautiful plane fly right over me. In the meantime, the ball rolled right past me and the team (and I think my Dad, too!) was screaming at me to get it and throw it back. Well, the plane was still in view and making it's final approach, so doing that was clearly out of the question! I got around to it eventually. Needless to say, we lost the game and no pizza afterwards.
A lot of people are amazed that I can identify commericial aircraft without hesitiation, often where it's going or coming from. Some other quirks that really make people wonder:
- Depending on the airport, I can usually figure out what runway it's going to land on, the approach, where it will turn, etc. People are even more amazed at that. Of course, that's really easy when you're in the window seat.
and even more so when Ch. 9 is on. Even without it, I know where we're going.
- I can identify a Boeing aircraft just by the shape of the metal door covering the main landing gear.
-I was on a train from Farnborough to Waterloo about a month ago, and on the way in, we saw a UA
744 making its final approach to the west. I told my 2nd cousin it was either #918 from IAD
, or #954 from SFO
. She was amazed at how I could possibly have known that.
- On approach into ORD
on #949, I knew that we were going to make two left turns to line up for 9R
. I told that to the gal next to me, and she seemed surprised I knew that in advance. Sure enough, we mad the two left turns and she said something to the effect that "wow, you were right!". Actually, only 2/3 right...during the final left turn I thought we'd turn directly 090, but it was 060, so we made a slight right bank to line up for 9R
- I was on a date a few months ago, northeast of Seattle, when the BA
744 came in. I knew instantly it was coming in from LHR
, flying in a SW
direction. My date noticed it fly over, and without really thinking about it, I just blurted out that it was BA
from London, a 747-400, and it was heading southwest and that we would see it make a left turn shortly to make it's final approach to either 16L or 16R. Needless to say, we're "just friends" but then I haven't heard from her in a while...
What ultimately makes someone a bonefied airplane nut? Airliners.net, of course! These discussion forums are like CRACK...I can't get away...if anyone at work ever bothered to see how much time I spent on this website while on the job, I'd probably be fired on the spot!
This was FUN...thanks for posting the topic. I'm an airplane nut, proud of it, and could care less what anyone thinks. Deep down, I think a lot of people are interested in planes and have a lot of questions they'd love to know. Some ask, some don't.
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