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16 July 2008 @ 01:56 pm
Flight  
My office building is the last building before the Dane County Airport and my window looks out on Truax Field. This means my office is under practically every flight pattern in town.

On the down side, that means that "local traffic" is pretty loud.

On the up side, that means fighter jets sometimes buzz past my window, just clearing the trees before they bank hard and speed away... Something about fighter jets makes me feel five years old. *grin*
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Mark Gordon: seriousmtgordon on July 16th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I grew up near the biggest hospital within a thirty-mile radius (actually closer to a hundred miles to the south and west). We got lots of helicopter traffic. We took it all very seriously; every helicopter we heard or saw was assumed to be a flying ambulance.
Gwynethgwyneth1362 on July 16th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
For a while I lived on the flight path to Dulles. Every day, the Concorde flew over. Every day, I stopped whatever I was doing and watched it come in. It was cool.
Cat Dancerpixel39 on July 16th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
The cross-wind runway at MSP takes off not quite over our house, but close enough. It's the one that the 747s use, because it's the only one long enough. During CAP in the first weeks after 9/11, E and I would zoom to the door from wherever we were in the house when we heard the fighter jets taking off, because it was also apparently the one they used.
birdkillerladybirdkiller on July 16th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
OMG I thought the Madison airport was the bestest ever!

The TSA guys were really nice and the bathrooms made me happy
DameJdamej on July 17th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
The airport underwent renovations a few years ago that made it much more comfortable (bordering on decadent). Did you try out the massage chairs? They're like the ones at our local mall, only they have a shiatsu leg-rest as well. And the Great Dane Brewpub beats the hell out of most airport bar/restaurants, in my opinion.
jtdiiijtdiii on July 17th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
GE Aircraft Engines in Lynn, MA is under the approach for one of the runways at Logan in Boston. The employees used to sit out and listen to the engines and try to place who the manufacturer and the model of plane with our eyes shut.


Yes we were geeks.
tcsumnertcsumner on July 17th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
As a child, we always lived near something loud, if not an airport, then near the railroad...in Chicago we lived less than a mile from O'Hare and by a major flight path. We just learned to stop conversation when a plane went overhead (and rattled the picture window)
Once had the bejesus scared out of me by Truax - driving the county road there and a jet took off right over my car!
baronsnorribaronsnorri on July 17th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, sometimes I miss having a barracks opposite the end of the runway--it can be cool to look out the window to see, & hear, something with multiple-thousands of pounds of thrust in a pre-takeoff warm-up, then have it loose chocks & away on full ABs.
Thanks for reminding me!
siri6siri6 on July 18th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Fighter planes are fun. I especially like the WWII fighter planes with the prop engines, but the jets are neat also. The last time I went to the EAA in Oshkosh, the B2 bomber was there. It was way cool.

Have you ever gone to the EAA to see the fighter jets?
eithni: stackeithni on July 18th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Yes, but a LONG time ago...