Originally Posted by Brookfield
I was at the world famous Farnborugh Air Show in England in the 50's,....yes, that's right, the 50's!! when a jet crashed into the large crowd, & exploded,killing several, I was with a girl at the time, she got very upset, it was a twin-engined naval jet, can't remember the name, it was over 50 years ago, perhaps you could dig around, if your'e interested?, then there was the Russian version of the Concorde, that broke up in mid-air at the Paris Air Show, that was quite recent, I too have always been interested in aircraft, due mainly because I was 11 when WW2 broke out, I actually saw Stukas in their famous vertical dive, dropping bombs, saw this, standing in my parent's back garden, very frightening at that age!!
For us it was pretty exciting, and kind of dreadful at the same time. All the locals are used to aircraft flying low and buzzing around, so when he was going low noone really though much of it, until the nose pitched up and he plummeted to the ground. It was interesting to see though.
Eveyrone though it was an F-18 that went down at first, thankfully it wasn't. Because it if was I guarntee that the two houses next to it would have been completely destroyed, instead of just partially damaged.
I doubt flying is a reality for me. It's more of a dream then anything. It takes a lot to become a fighter pilot, which is what I would like, and then should that not happen I'm screwed stuck in the Air Force or Navy doing some other MOS for 4 years. And that would suck.
I plan on enlisting in the Navy or Army soon though. Not to sure if I'll go through with it or not. But it's guarnteed securioty right out of high school. You get pay, a house, food, and some extent of comfort for relativly free. All you have to do is do your duty and that's it.
But yes, flying is exciting, infact when I went to Disney Land not to long ago the flight there and back was actually more excitign then the amuzement park itself! but what it takes to become a pilot seems very very hard. You have to have a 4 year degree from a University, or have gone to the Air Force's Academy or Anapolis, all of which are very tough to get into, then the school itself is very hard to get into. So it all adds up to being lucky or not really.