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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

MamaRAMa185June 20, 2022 05:18AM

  Really? No direct flights from STL to OKC?

sstrams65June 20, 2022 06:00AM

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

MamaRAMa158June 20, 2022 06:17AM

  Yeah, its unfortunate..

sstrams62June 20, 2022 07:07AM

  Dallas to Wichita Falls is a 3 hour drive?

JamesJM43June 20, 2022 07:16AM

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

sstrams33June 20, 2022 07:20AM

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

waterfield19November 18, 2023 06:04AM

  The times I've flown to St Louis have all been

sstrams16November 18, 2023 06:49AM

  I took a motorcycle to St. Louis...

JamesJM21November 18, 2023 09:15AM

  Re: I took a motorcycle to St. Louis...

ScRAM16November 18, 2023 10:35AM

  So sorry about your Brother, Mama...

JamesJM78June 20, 2022 06:10AM

  Yeah, totally agree..

sstrams131June 20, 2022 06:15AM

  Re: Yeah, totally agree..

MamaRAMa182June 20, 2022 06:29AM

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

JamesJM40June 20, 2022 06:38AM

  Yeah, I totally agree about the ocean..

sstrams39June 20, 2022 07:11AM

  Good advice....

JamesJM52June 20, 2022 07:25AM

  One thing I absolutely remember was..

sstrams46June 20, 2022 07:33AM

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

Ramgator35June 20, 2022 07:55AM

  We base our window seating chart...

sstrams37June 20, 2022 07:58AM

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

Ramgator45June 20, 2022 07:59AM

  Yeah, its annoying..

sstrams149June 20, 2022 08:09AM

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

MamaRAMa66June 20, 2022 06:18AM

  So sorry about this.

Ramgator64June 20, 2022 07:51AM

  Re: So sorry about this.

MamaRAMa100June 20, 2022 08:30AM

  Dang it, Mama! That is painful.

Ramgator120June 20, 2022 03:21PM

  My first flight....

JamesJM79June 20, 2022 09:05AM

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

sstrams44June 20, 2022 09:14AM

  You should have done it....

JamesJM71June 20, 2022 09:20AM

  Yeah, I regret it...

sstrams35June 20, 2022 09:43AM

  That would be tough...

JamesJM56June 20, 2022 09:54AM

  Yeah, for sure..

sstrams47June 20, 2022 11:29AM

  The choices we make in life....

JamesJM40June 20, 2022 11:40AM

  I have a lot of what-ifs...

sstrams48June 20, 2022 11:49AM

  My brother passed away yesterday

MamaRAMa38November 17, 2023 02:43PM

  Re: My brother passed away yesterday

SeattleRam17November 17, 2023 02:46PM

  Very sorry to hear that, Mama. My condolences. (nm)

JamesJM15November 17, 2023 05:29PM

  Re: My brother passed away yesterday

ScRAM18November 17, 2023 05:59PM

  very sorry for your loss nm

21Dog13November 17, 2023 08:03PM

  I hope you handle this well....

roman1816November 18, 2023 04:38AM

  You do YOUR thing! Funerals are for the living anyway.

Ramgator17November 18, 2023 11:01AM

  I changed my mind

MamaRAMa22November 19, 2023 05:06PM

  Good For You.....

ScRAM12November 19, 2023 05:40PM

  Glad to hear that.

Ramgator12November 20, 2023 09:51AM

  Sorry for your loss, Mama.

canadaram3November 21, 2023 04:14PM