Sunday, August 7, 2011

'Bird' Watching

Every once in a while I'll go out to the backyard, settle into my lawn chair and do a little 'bird' watching. We happen to have Seatac Airport to the South and the Boeing Manufacturing plant to the North. There are always planes flying over our house. Here in Seattle you always see float planes. Their sputtering sound is a dead giveaway.

There are helicopters and private jets.

And every once in a while, you get that spectacular look at the amazing! This weekend was Seafair. Hydroplane races, the Blue Angels, wakeboarding contests. This afternoon I heard that familiar low rumble. I grabbed my camera.... and suddenly a huge 747-8 flew overhead. Barely overhead!! This thing was so low, it was incredible!! And there was a tracer plane taking publicity shots! This is the brand new 747-8 series! It's beautiful! 

It circled over our house a couple times (the first time, my adrenalin was pumping so hard I didn't get the settings correct on the camera!) then I heard that low rumble again. I don't know why I get so excited about low flying planes. I think it's their size and the fact that they're in the air. Just amazing! They were doing fly overs for Seafair, giving everyone a good look at the newest plane. 

One time while we still lived in San Diego, Chuck and I bought sub sandwiches, then he drove to Lindberg Field and we sat in the car and ate at the end of the runway! Heaven!

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