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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Corner View... anything goes!

This weeks corner view theme is anything goes... therefore it leads me to believe I can do whatever the heck I want!!! Yay... a free reign... just what us McGilli's love is a free reign.  Sooo.. my little corner view this week in this "anything goes" session is "flight".  For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a pilot, I dreamed of joining the Navy at a young age and wanted desperately to fly Harriers. I loved the way they "jumped" into the air and didn't need a whole lot of room to take off and land. I would go to Navy Days every summer at the Naval Base we lived close to in Rosyth Scotland and would eagerly await the display of the Harriers, they seemed to appear from the water and up over the piers and scare the living daylights outta ya.

When I was about 13 or 14 I wrote a letter to the Navy (was it addressed to THE ROYAL NAVY??) and asked if I could be the first woman to fly Harriers.  They replied and I wish that I had kept that letter, I was very proud to have received a letter back from THE ROYAL NAVY, even if it was a Dear John. They told me that public opinion was not in favor of sending females into War situations and that there would probably never be a woman fighter jet pilot in the ROYAL NAVY... however, there were lots of other careers I could pursue in the WRNS. (Womens Royal Naval Service). I did eventually talk to a recruiter about becoming a commissioned officer shortly before I graduated High School, all I had to do was keep up my good grades, pass my A-levels and Bob's your uncle I was in. I passed, however, then I changed my mind.... alas... if I knew then what I know now!!! whatever... no regrets!!!!

Anyhoodles... I went on to marry a man who is also in love with all things flying and had a career working with airplanes after his stint in the US Navy... match made in heaven n'est pas? We are plane geeks... and don't apologize for it. Not when you can go to an air show and see these magnificent machines ruling the skies at 400 mph!!!! The noise, the smell the exhilaration.... love, love, love it!!!! Our dream is to make it to a Red Bull Air Race one of these fine days.... who knows?

So... check it out... pictures from the Blue Angels Homecoming Show this past weekend at NAS Pensacola. We all had a great day and seem to be passing the love of aviation to our girls who can't wait for next year's air show circuit. You could say it's in their blood 'cos their Papa was jumping out of planes long before they were born!!!!








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11 comments:

Guusje said...

wow, a pilot. I know lots of people with that dream!

Bonnie said...

wow ... what an amazing story and photos to go along with it ! i love that second one ...

My CORNER VIEW is up now too ! :)

likeschocolate said...

You should go for it. Life is too short for wishing. Go out and get a pilot's liscense.

Mari said...

match made in heaven in deed :))
i love the air show too, last i saw the blue angels was some 20 years back geees..i feel old now..thanks ;)
great shots by the way darlin

Don said...

The Blue Angels are sensational. I usually see them when they come to San Francisco. It's always a good show.

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

that's amazing. the facts, and then your fascination. impressive images!! what's that fire screen about though?

Theresa said...

A brave woman you are, I have not this level of courage. Just found out we will be going to an air show this summer...tre' cool.

la ninja said...

fly on you crazy diamond :)

Kasia said...

Amazing story!

Stacey said...

I secretly love air shows.... Why secretly, you ask? Well, living in Colorado I dated multiple "Zoomies," the affectionate nick name for the Air Force Academy students who frequent the bars and locales here... It makes my husband smirk when I talk about wanting to go see an airshow.... But that boom in your thorax and the thrill that lightens your stomach! WOW!!!! I'll never get over that! Thanks for the pics!

Stacey said...

Hahaha! Thorax! I love auto typing correction! I mean that lovely spot in between your head and your legs.... That part! Thoracic? I dunno! Makes your innards quiver! Lol!