Mad Scientess Jane Expat
Since the age of six, I've been on an average of four flights a year, with the average increasing significantly over the decade since moving to the UK. I have therefore flown more than a hundred times.
And it never, ever gets old. When we take off, I sit there going, "I know physics says this is possible, but oh mygod ohmygod ohmygod metal tube is lifting off into the air, ground is dropping away, WHY HAPPENING, wowowow look how far out there I can see! Tiny cars! Tiny houses! Ooh, we've reached cloud level! THIS IS AMAZING I AM EXCITE." I fail at being a coolly unimpressed experienced frequent flyer.
I always take a window seat if I can get one on short-haul flights and spend as much time as possible gazing out of it. Even when all I can see is the tops of clouds. Because they make cloud-cities and cloud-mountains and cloud-deserts*, you know, so it's still interesting.
Now I'm in Noordwijk and it's wet and cold and horrible but I'm snug in my favourite boutique hotel where they gave me an upgrade to a room that's twice as expensive because I'm a loyal customer, and soon I'll be going to dinner with one of my lovely colleagues. So that's pretty good.
On a different note, I'm blown away at the response to my last Unscientific Poll. Firstly, I had no idea people were so passionate about what they put on their chips. Secondly, cheers for the suggestions of new crisp flavours and sauces to try on my chips. And thirdly, I had no idea that many people were still around, particularly on LJ. It was most heartening to see. Thanks!
* Also I may have watched a few too many Miyazaki films
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And it never, ever gets old.
-- this sentence makes me extremely happy. I've been flying that much only in the last 5 years; before it was at max a flight every few years. And people keep telling me that at some point the sense of constant wonder and the desire to gaze out of the windows will fade. And I really, really want them to be wrong.
My favorite moment is usually just before reaching the cloud level or leaving the clouds on descend, when things have turned tiny but not too tiny and when, every single time, it dawns on me, how small we actually are. And how many. And how fragile our cities that look so stable from within. And how ingenious to build something like this flying thing.
I don't get excited by take-off any more, but I still love watching the world go by at 30,000 feet and always want a window seat.
As I get older the more I hate flying! I love the idea of it, and I am fascinated, but oh boy. NO NO NO. I am terrified. I cried last time we took off. I also get vertigo, which I am told can't happen. Happens to me :(
Bees fly, birds fly, Alice's don't. Well I try and minimise the amount. I am OK on take off until the pilot changes gear. Ok, it feels like he is changing gear. We are up, we are at a perculiar angle and the plane seems to slow down before picking up again. I don't like that bit. Tight turns whilst we are at that angle are also not wanted.
So a straight up and out please with plenty of revs. My job is to sit there, look forward and not scream.
The clouds are always gorgeous, as is the colour of the sky and sun up there.
Looking at the land and trying to figure out where we are is always fun.
Ok, it has to be done one way or another.
Landing gear coming down usually makes the plane start shaking a bit. I start swallowing hard.
Those moments where the view out the window says you should be down now, now, ok now, FFS NOW !!!!!! make me sick. If the plane is shaking even slightly my brain turns this into a full rolling motion and I expect the wings to hit the ground on one side. By this time there are tears pouring out if me. I am still English I don't make a sound but I am a wreck.
Clive thinks this is funny.
Oh and how long does it take to brake !!!!!
I need a drink
I am a frequent flier. I am also an adamant window-seat denizen. I ALSO turn on my electronic device too early (in airplane mode) just so that I can take pictures of things, as I look at them from odd angles.
Really, the world is weird...and flying lets me get a whole new view of such varied places. To take off in a place where the trees are dead with winter, and mere hours later arrive in a land covered with full-foliage trees, or farms, or a different kind of river, or (god bless us all) a new coastline...those are fantastic things.
I am so lucky, to live in a century where we get to do this. Of all the humans who have lived on this planet, very few (proportionally) get to have a view of their world like I do, from airplane windows.
I hadn't even flown on a plane before meeting my future-wife. She actually said, "When you date me, you'll start going places."
But yeah, it's odd to fathom how we as humans have taken the skies and can now travel the world in a relatively short amount of time Just from an engineering standpoint its quite incredible!
I'm with you. I just can't get over how improbable it is that we can get into a metal tube and *fly around the earth*.
I've also realized that not a small percentage of the Facebook photos I've uploaded are of the earth (and clouds) from above.
I think this post is 75% of why I love you to bits *bearhug*
Didn't fly til the age of twenty, and it's been a rare treat since. I freaking love it.
Absolute highlight: flying to a remote Aboriginal community in outback South Australia in a six seater, including flying along the Great Australian Bight at about 100m up, and a few seconds of freefall, both courtesy of a bush pilot.
And it never, ever gets old.
i hope my delight in being up in an airplane also never ceases. i always take a window seat if i can (preferably just aft of the wing so i can watch for vortex contrails) because there are so many wonderful things to see... not just the scenery, but also the physics! even if all i can see is the tops of clouds, maybe i will catch sight of a glory around the plane's shadow.
(airport security theater, on the other hand, i find totally nerve-wracking.)
the thrilling sound of turbine engines spooling up to takeoff power really gets me where i live, with everything it represents about human ingenuity and wow how can they hold themselves together spinning so fast and being pushed into seat by reaction force of OMG ENORMOUS MACHINES THROWING TONS OF AIR BACKWARDS REALLY FAST.