When your quiet morning turns into ‘Top Gun’

imageI’m not much of a flier.

And by “not much of a flier,” I mean whenever there’s the slightest bump on the plane, I start saying the Rosary and sobbing to my wife how much she has meant to me. Once we leave the runway it gets even worse. I’m just one of those people who doesn’t believe man was meant to leave the ground. To be honest, I’m not even sure about trampolines.

So the fact that the air show was in town this weekend completely slipped my mind.

At least until the fly-bys started around 7:45 a.m.

My wife and I are both early risers, so we had just settled in for a quiet morning on the patio. Just us, a lazy stretch of sun, our coffees… and a WWII fighter plane screaming over the house. For the next hour it sounded like we were under attack by a deranged fighter pilot. Possibly “chasing his father’s ghost” in an effort to be better than his old man. In the cockpit, he called upon another ghost — that of his wingman.

“Talk to me Goose.”

Don’t do it, Mav.

I suddenly realized my morning had turned into Top Gun…



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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

16 thoughts on “When your quiet morning turns into ‘Top Gun’”

  1. So cool. I used to love flying and turbulence. I no longer have the chance to fly. My poor coworker turned white one nignt as we flew through a storm. I felt bad for him but I was kind of liking it. How do you feel about roller coasters? Funny video! Sometimes i think this stuff happens to you just so you can share it with us.

    1. I’m not a big rollercoaster fan unless it’s on the ground. I like speed and turns, as long as it isn’t in the air. It’s weird, because I can climb a fire truck ladder 3 stories or work on a roof, no problem. Basically, if there’s some point of contact with the ground, I’m ok. But add air and I’m a coward 😉

      And yes, my wife says the same thing about the things that happen to me Lol!

  2. I’ve never been close to a WW2 fighter while it was running but I understand they are not conducive to conversation. Ha! i was brought up in Halifax and we had a naval airbase (actually 2 of them) there and I can clearly remember suspending conversations when a helicopter or jet went overhead. When I drove tractor-trailer the Canadian Air Force was doing an upgrade on their helicopter fleet and we were hauling the parts from Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut where they make military hardware (The place looked like the biggest.tree park you’ve ever seen with roads, armed guards,dogs, electric fences, walls, etc and not a building in sight. Here and there were little huts sticking up from the ground with numbers on them. The driver backed up to a hut and was accompanied by an armed guard into what looked like a basement entrance , which lead to a whole underground complex where all the manufacturing took place.) Anyway, I asked why their helicopters were so noisy. they told me that there were no mufflers on any military planes for weight, power, cost and ease of service reasons. Happy Independence Day!

      1. I’m sure not. That said, there is new technology that has existed for decades that is just being put into use. Some high end SUV’s and half-tons now have noise cancelling tech that produces a counter sound wave that interacts with the noise and they annihilate each other. it would be so cool to have a fighter jet or helicopter that was completely silent.

No one is watching, I swear...

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