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My first flight....

June 20, 2022 09:05AM
I mean ever. My earliest memory in life, (actually I have two and I'm not sure which is older), was me on my tricycle riding down our driveway to the road. I had not started Kindergarten and I started Kindergarden at the age of 4.... so I was probably 4, possibly 3. I used to ride my Tricycle out to the road to watch the school bus go by. I had reached the road and I spotted a plane in the sky far to the east. It was bright silver, (polished aluminum), and was flying circles. I was like a deer in headlights, couldn't take my eyes off of it.

Perhaps I had seen planes flying overhead before, (I must have), but this is the first time I remember seeing one. I was hooked... SO.... came the big day.

We had driven to Salt Lake City for something... I can't remember why other than one of my Mom's half-sister's lived in Salt Lake City and she was doing something special, maybe graduation, getting married? I don't remember.. point is we flew home.

Can't remember what kind of plane it was other than it was, obviously, a passenger plane and a 4 engine prop plane. No kid that ever lived woke up on Christmas morning more excited than I was to fly on that plane. I had no idea what it was going to feel like... would I feel like a bird? Me, my mom, and my sister... my Mom was carrying my sister... so when we arrived at our row my Mom placed my sister into the window seat. My world came to an end. I had waited my entire life for this moment... and my sister was in the window seat.

I took it like a man. I began weeping like the President had banned puppies and candy for all time.

My Mom caved.... she picked my sister up and allowed me the window seat. And yup, nose to glass instantly.

It wasn't a totally ecstatic moment... because, as you know, you don't feel like a bird on a plane - - and I wanted it too. Never the less... I was in awe.

My second flight, BTW... came not long after. A ride in Beech Bonanza owned by a friend of my Dad. He had landed on a dirt road not far from my home and alongside a field we owned, still own. Still no feeling as a 'bird' BUT better... some bumps and wiggles and quick drops where your stomach does that thing stomachs do when you fall. I knew at that moment that no matter what all I achieved in life one thing for sure was that I was going to learn to fly a plane... which I did, in college. - JamesJM

  First Flight in 14 years

MamaRAMa51June 20, 2022 05:18AM

  Really? No direct flights from STL to OKC?

sstrams12June 20, 2022 06:00AM

  Re: Really? No direct flights from STL to OKC?

MamaRAMa21June 20, 2022 06:17AM

  Yeah, its unfortunate..

sstrams11June 20, 2022 07:07AM

  Dallas to Wichita Falls is a 3 hour drive?

JamesJM8June 20, 2022 07:16AM

  Probably 2.5 or so, but with traffic jams and whatnot..

sstrams4June 20, 2022 07:20AM

  So sorry about your Brother, Mama...

JamesJM13June 20, 2022 06:10AM

  Yeah, totally agree..

sstrams11June 20, 2022 06:15AM

  Re: Yeah, totally agree..

MamaRAMa15June 20, 2022 06:29AM

  Wow, you and Steve are speaking my mind...

JamesJM10June 20, 2022 06:38AM

  Yeah, I totally agree about the ocean..

sstrams5June 20, 2022 07:11AM

  Good advice....

JamesJM12June 20, 2022 07:25AM

  One thing I absolutely remember was..

sstrams5June 20, 2022 07:33AM

  LOL I have had a window seat just once on my last 4 times on a plane.

Ramgator7June 20, 2022 07:55AM

  We base our window seating chart...

sstrams4June 20, 2022 07:58AM

  Very first time I flew on an airliner, I was PISSED!!!

Ramgator7June 20, 2022 07:59AM

  Yeah, its annoying..

sstrams12June 20, 2022 08:09AM

  Re: So sorry about your Brother, Mama...

MamaRAMa13June 20, 2022 06:18AM

  So sorry about this.

Ramgator11June 20, 2022 07:51AM

  Re: So sorry about this.

MamaRAMa17June 20, 2022 08:30AM

  Dang it, Mama! That is painful.

Ramgator13June 20, 2022 03:21PM

  My first flight....

JamesJM13June 20, 2022 09:05AM

  I don't remember my first 20 flights, or so..

sstrams7June 20, 2022 09:14AM

  You should have done it....

JamesJM13June 20, 2022 09:20AM

  Yeah, I regret it...

sstrams7June 20, 2022 09:43AM

  That would be tough...

JamesJM11June 20, 2022 09:54AM

  Yeah, for sure..

sstrams8June 20, 2022 11:29AM

  The choices we make in life....

JamesJM9June 20, 2022 11:40AM

  I have a lot of what-ifs...

sstrams8June 20, 2022 11:49AM