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When did your love start?

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posted on May, 11 2015 @ 04:34 PM
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Im not sure this is the right place for this. But its about air craft and military stuff so I guess it kind of fits.

I always was fascinated with military aircraft and all the ‘stuff’ that went with them as long as I can remember, My mom had friend at her work that was a air force captain and he gave me all sorts of books, reading and diagram/picture type. I remember hearing story’s from family about WWII I had a pilot and a GI in my family and I was HOOKED.

I remember going on vacation with my family, I live in NY and we would go upstate near Plattsburg for summer vacations. I remember we were on a boat/swimming when 3 or 4 A-10’s so low I would have said I could have hit them with a rock flew RIGHT over us, still gives me goose bumps.

I remember that was the first time I was like I NEED to be part of that.

Do you guys have any similar story’s about how and when your love of everything aviation started?




posted on May, 11 2015 @ 04:36 PM
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a reply to: penroc3

Before I can remember. My grandmother would point planes out and I could tell her type and details about them.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 04:47 PM
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I was 6 or 7 and my dad used to take me to the airport (LAX) just so we could watch the plains take off and land. I always loved the 747 and would press my face to the airport terminal glass to watch in awe as the giant bird would take off. My dad knew a guy who loaded film into the airplanes for the inflight movies and got me a "ride along" one day as he went around servicing all the planes and putting film on them.

The next few years after that I was obsessively building model airplanes. Started with a corsair. moved on to a F-4 then onto a A-10. Still my favorite to make of all of them. Built a "F-19" an F-15 and so on by the time I was 9 or 10. Ruined A LOT of clothes too since I didn't seem to understand the concept that the paint goes on the models not yourself.

All this was fine and good but my real love for aircraft happened at about the age of 11 or 12. My dad comes in and says. Hey man want to go to Edwards tomorrow for an Air Show? That was my first real military air show and Edwards put on some of the best. I remember watching the B2 buzz the line of cars at 5:30 am over and over doing all sorts of tricks you didn't think a B2 could ever do. They did this just to be cool and to show off the B2 early for all the people lining up. B1's were buzzing the crowd. An A-10 did a mock demolition of a old tank. I was hooked after that. Went to every damned airshow I could after that.

Life goes on and gets in the way. Started focusing on the Bass. Ten one day walking home from work miserable I see this amazing thing speed through the sky. My jaw dropped to the floor. My adrenalin started flowing like it hadn't in years. And a child like curiosity took over again and my love and fascination with airplanes blossomed again, but this time It was more than just airplanes. Aerospace, advanced physics. All these things I was into as a kid and forgot about. The aviation forum here and her members I credit a lot for helping to foster and nurture that old fascination again and in some ways reignite my curiosity. I feel young again every time I see something amazing flying through the air or learn about something new. SO thanks to everyone here for that. And maybe thank an ex member who helped me experience some really amazing things.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 05:10 PM
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As a toddler my dad would take me to the airport with him when he maintained a historical aircraft and I would just watch the airplanes come and go. Occasional helicopter was a treat. Then had a ride in a Stearman 75 at age 7 that set the hook forever. Been collecting historical aviation books and Jane's pocket guides ever since. Didn't get on a stick until my 20's.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 06:09 PM
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Well coming from a civilian family with no ties to any sort of armed forces. My love came from my dad mainly taking me and two brothers to air shows. Here in the UK, aviation is a bit different over hear especially military aviation and the area ive lived in all my life isn't really surround by air fields. So you don't get to see much action so to speak

So when I started going to airshows from the the age of 3 years old it was quite an event as you usually got to see things other people hadn't. Year after year of growing up doing at least 3 airshows a year when we could. My first was RAF Fairfords Royal Internation Air Tattoo (RIAT) use to go every year. I was growing up in the age when the V bombers such as the Vulcan and Victiors were getting phased out and all the Cold War fighters were being phased out. That's what started the passion

Getting a little older, RAF/USAF Mildenhall was only around the corner from us and when my dad first heard about it we were soon on our way to seeing the air fetes they ran. After going there Mildenhall became my favourite place to go for an air show. Seeing the American B52s, galaxy's, starlifters, f15s, f16s .. I could go on. That was it aviation had been sold to me. Then one year we were gifted .. Not only had the B1bs starting appearing but i went to mildenhall for the B2s first public appearance in the UK, we got two fly bys from it before it buggered off. The year after that we had the pleasure of the B2 doing a small flying demo and actually getting to see that beast land infront of us. Id say that was my best ever expierence ive had

Airshows made my passion grow and now .. I kick myself so friggin hard because of at the age of 18 I had barely the right grades from school and college to join the RAF as a fast jet pilot (obviously after the training) .. But as like most of the people in the UKS turning 18 means one thing .. Legal to drink alcohol and women took control and I never followed up the career. To this day (I'm now turning 30 in July) is the biggest regret in my life and I genuinely hate myself for it

So that's where my love came from sorry for the long answe .. But you did ask
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PS. If anyone has the contacts to get my backside strapped in a fast jet for a little ride *wink wink* .. I would owe you my whole life to you as it truely is a dream to feel the G's, to look out the cockpit window I genuinely think it would bring a tear to my eye .. That's after I've thrown my guts up.

Oh I forgot to mention I'm willing to pay to get my ass in a jet



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posted on May, 11 2015 @ 06:23 PM
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As a kid I put together model kits. It started with sports cars, and led to airplanes. I still have an F-16 I put together and painted camo. My biggest and hardest model was a B-17. I gave it to my grandfather, a tail-gunner in that plane over Italy in WWII. My dad was in the Air Force too, I feel like I missed my calling sometimes.

I went to an air show in Bossier as a kid, and there she was, a B1-B Lancer. I was in love then...
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posted on May, 11 2015 @ 06:42 PM
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When my Dad told me about how he loved flying the P51.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 06:49 PM
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Going to an airshow at Fairchild AFB when I was very young.

Got to look, and walk, inside a B52. Still can't get over just how big they were/are... Then we'd see them taking off on patrol, or alerts.

A bit older and I got to see a b17 at an airshow, too. I think, for some reason, that impressed me more than the b52 did.

Later I flew on Air Force transports (my dad was career Air Force) to various places.

It still sometimes seems like magic that things that big actually fly... ...and who doesn't like a cool magic trick?



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 06:59 PM
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Before I could even walk. I think the 3rd word I ever said was "airplane". I used to beg my mom to take me to the municipal airport to watch planes and helicopters take off and land. I was obsessed from a very young age and would read anything I could get my hands on about aviation (especially military aviation). My lifes ambition was to become a fighter pilot. Unfortunately that didn't work out.

While I'm probably not as obsessed with it as I once was, I still keep a very close eye on the world of aviation. I still love it to this day. Hoping to get a private pilot's license one day, if I ever have the money.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 07:35 PM
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Its funny how every one has said there father got them into the world of aviation, air shows are so cool. I saw a night hawk at my first air show here in NY about 16 or so years ago.

as far as you getting a ride in a fast jet i know the Russians will let you go to the edge of space in a fox bat. And the guy from top gear got to ride in a U-2 so it must be possible to get a ticket somewhere, you might need your own BBC show but its do able



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 07:38 PM
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I'd say I'm not as obsessed as I was, but I'd be lying. I'm even getting my wife hooked. The first time she saw an F-15 and correctly called it as one, I laughed. She told me she hated me.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 07:43 PM
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originally posted by: penroc3
a reply to: ThePeaceMaker

Its funny how every one has said there father got them into the world of aviation, air shows are so cool. I saw a night hawk at my first air show here in NY about 16 or so years ago.

as far as you getting a ride in a fast jet i know the Russians will let you go to the edge of space in a fox bat. And the guy from top gear got to ride in a U-2 so it must be possible to get a ticket somewhere, you might need your own BBC show but its do able


Oh don't get me wrong my mum loved the jets too but my dad always seemed to be more clued up. Some family weekends consisted of going to Heathrow to watch the passenger jets take off which reminds me of something else that influenced my interest and that was Concorde taking off.

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posted on May, 11 2015 @ 07:57 PM
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I used to love when the BUFFs came through. We'd be waiting on the runway on the inbound leg to recover the drag chutes. Then on the outbound leg we'd ride out to the runway with them in the Base Ops van. We'd have to tell them when to turn so they wouldn't hit the taxiway lights, then when they were on the runway we'd do a quick EOR check before departure.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 08:03 PM
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Every since I can remember. In my blood I guess. Grew up literally just across the tracks from the big Lockheed plant in Burbank. My Grandfather worked for Lockheed during WWII. My Grandmother was a "Rosie the Riveter" at Lockheed during the same time and was chosen/trained to operate the huge overhead crane used to set the wings because she had been a trapeze artist in vaudeville and wasn't afraid of heights. LOL! My Uncle Don worked at Lockheed for years. And, of course, there's my Dad. Hence, SonofaSkunk.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 08:51 PM
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I ran across a picture of an SR71 taking off from the Burbank plant with an escort when I was 7 or 8 years old.
Wasn't your standard Goddess in diesel jeans, no one around to explain it at the time so it left me with a lot of unanswered questions during the 60's.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:00 PM
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Wow, as long ago as I can remember.
My older brother was always building military models when we where young and I followed suit.
We had an air guard base about 25 miles south of us and phantoms would fly over all the time. That went to f16s and now a10s.
My dad was in Korea in a Sherman tank to, so I liked everything military related.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:33 PM
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Reading "The Untouchables" sparked the love..

Reading tidbits that keep the rabbit hole lit assures it's persistence.

A sincere thank you to some of the key players around here.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 09:42 PM
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I am impressed by the technology, but I have a strong, possibly irrational, aversion to flying.
I have flown on planes 3 times in my life. Once on a small 4 passenger plane and twice on 747's.
I was a nervous wreck each time.
I will drive or take a boat anywhere I need to travel.
If I never have to ride a plane again it will be too soon.



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 11:05 PM
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Me and my grand-daughter last year



posted on May, 11 2015 @ 11:37 PM
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Sir,

How old was she in this pic. I'm so jealous of her, and where was this taken? I assume your flying how long have you been flying and what have you flown so far in life?



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