Well flying has always been an interest if mine; as a child instead of collecting sports cards and basketball/baseball cards I chose to collect aircraft cards. Yes they do exist, and yes they have a plethora of statistics and information on them. From service use & mission type profiles, to technical specifications including engine thrust and type, all the way to most highly used squadrons. Like the sports guys, I too memorized the information on the back of the cards, and have since retained a great deal. Today, as a civilian, I can recognize and identify nearly any military aircraft that had been used, stretching back to world war II, and all makes and types. Well, the bottom line is that my infatuation led me to believe that someday I would be a fighter pilot. Of course this never happened- in high school I became aware of the despotic nature of governmental bureaucracy, and immediately decided I would not surrender my intellectual abilities to the whims of a hierarchal structure.
So fast forward 10 years and I have instead surrendered my intellectual freedom to corporations…and I am wishing for the simple and perhaps honorable life of the military.
But perhaps I have found an appropriate equilibrium: private contractor hired by the government to provide my specialty services to the military complex. So while I am no pilot I get to have access to the very planes I once studied.
Of course today marks the end of an observatory phase for the military and I am on my way back home- what better to celebrate success than with a crisp refreshing and citrus-infused wheat beer such as Blue Moon?
Nonstop flight leaving in 30…better get going!