Great to be a Pilot
Flying close finger tip formation in a flight of four.
formation join-ups in the A-4 around big beautiful columns of Cumulus clouds.
Flying the ball to touchdown and feeling the tug as you engage a wire.
Cruising mere feet above a billiard-table-flat cloud deck at mach .86.
Punching out the top of a low overcast while climbing 6,000 feet per minute.
Max gross weight cat shots.
Seeing the shadow of your plane on the clouds below in the center of a perfect circle of a rainbow.
delicate threads of St. Elmo's Fire dancing on the windshield at night.
Seeing the approach strobes appear through the fog on an approach to minimums when there is not enough fuel left to go somewhere else.
The majestic panorama of an entire mountain range stretched out beneath you from horizon to horizon.
brief, yet tempting, glimpse of runway lights after you've already
Maneuvering the airplane through day lit canyons between towering cumulus clouds.
Sunsets of every color imaginable.
Realizing that flight is a type of freedom most people will never experience.
And the best .. watching countless rounds of 23/37/57 MM being shot at you, and ALL missing.
I got this from a retired Navy pilot with experience in Viet Nam. He also supplied me with "USN Air or USAF?"