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  •  Thanks Major Kong (5+ / 0-)
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    Roger Fox, NYFM, sawgrass727, bobinson, KenBee

    for sharing what is beyond the realm, I guess, of most of us civilians :)

    1. When our 3 boys were young, maybe 30 - 35 years ago, we were visiting Las Vegas. I got the bright idea of visiting Nellis AFB. I called and the officer I spoke to said we should come on down and mention his name at the gate.
    That would never be possible today, right?
    So we were admitted to the base and I wanted to see the jets take off.
    We were taken to the air strip and maybe F16s or F15s (I don't know) were taking off one after another, coming back and taking off again. It was so incredible to watch. We saw one in the hanger, up close and it was an impressive plane.
    But taking off on the run way, they seemed so small and light graceful. Ir was an experience of a lifetime for me. wow.

    2. We used to fly a fair amount on Southwest which, as you may know, fly only 737s. Once when we were on a 737, I had the most amazing experience. The pilot started the take off as he was coming out of his turn onto the take off runway. It was the most beautifully controlled take off I have ever been on. The touch on the controls was so intuitive, refined and easy.
    I asked the stewardess if the pilot had been in the service - navy or air force and was told I could ask as we disembarked and he was. wow.

    3. Don't read any further, Major Kong. You're too much of a gentleman (at least as you write on this blog) to see this.
     This is for your other readers because it took me a while to find it and I thought I might as well save others who may be interested, a little time.

    Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

    by eve on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:21:30 PM PST

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