We live about 4 miles (as the crow flies) from “one of the largest cargo airports in the United States.” Because we’re so close, we can see planes flying fairly low over our house frequently throughout the day. It’s fun for the kids as well as for adults (like me) who still get a kick out of planes.
The airport also houses the Yankee Air Museum, which owns numerous WWII aircraft. The pride of the collection is a beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress called the Yankee Lady. The plan is apparently taken out several times a week (I know they hire it out for rides). How do I know this? Well, the park that the kids and I frequently go to is right under the flight path that the plane takes! (And the park is a couple miles closer to the airport than our house is, so all the better.) It’s really quite exciting to see, as the plane flies pretty low and also quite slowly. We can see so much of the detail, including the neat design on the underside of the plane. (See that star on the side? There is one on the underside of each wing.) And the plane makes three trips around, so we have plenty of time to see it. The kids just love it, though we must look pretty silly when we stop what we’re doing at the playground and just stare up into the sky for a minute.
We also had a nice treat yesterday morning when we were in the grocery store parking lot – easily 8 miles from the park – and “our” plane flew overhead!
And now that I’ve written this, I really can’t wait until the Blue Angels show comes back in July. Book Boy and I have already decided that we’re going to spend as much time as possible outside in hopes of catching a good show, especially during the practice runs – last time they flew over our house so low that BB and I could only plug our ears and stare at each other in horror, LOL. (We didn’t yet know that the Blue Angels were in town.)