So the United States Air Force flew into town today, but it wasn’t the usual C-17 or KC-135 that showed up. Nope they bought in 2 of the latest fighters they have. They flew in 2 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors. So here are some shots of them arriving at Boeing Field.
They certainly arrived in style with the usual military arrival (a pass down the field and a split into the Pattern), however they continued to do two passes of the field with aborted landings each time. One of those passes for one of the aircraft was really low, wheels up and a nice tight pull up and split. If I had of used my camera for that, rather than just watching I would have that photo. The aircraft pulled off the runway, onto a taxiway, and taxiied straight into the Boeing Military Flight Center. That is where they will stay apart from the times on display at the Museum of Flight over the weekend. Sadly
As you know I just started working at a new job, one that I wasn’t all that happy about. I took this job to help pay the bills, it was purely and ends to some means. Well yesterday I handed in my resignation, the job has served it’s purpose.
I have to admit that I went into this job knowing that I probably wouldn’t be all that happy. Even though I was spending all day with aircraft, it was not going to be easy. Sometimes things just aren’t as good as they seem to be. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being at the airport but it just sucked. I toughed it out, the periods of boredom, the non stop pain & torture to the body, the 3am wake ups and the times when I never got to see Heidi because we just weren’t at home together.
Well that is all over. After almost 2 months of process, I have managed to secure myself a new job, one that I am better qualified for and one that seems almost suited to me directly. I won’t say much about it publicly for a while yet, but I will still be at the airport, just doing something different yet the same.
I can’t wait to get started on this new job. From the moment I saw the first information on it, ages ago, I knew I wanted in, just didn’t think it would be possible. Then I see a job ad with more information and it turns out I am better suited for it than anything else. Sure I moved over here to the USA to work for one company, I didn’t expect this journey over to change my life entirely. To find a passion that I never really had so strongly before, to find the one that I love and now to find a job that is almost like a dream come true.
An extra little thing that this change has allowed me to do is head off overseas for a couple of days. I have always wanted to fly Lufthansa First Class, but only from Frankfurt. I want to visit the Lufthansa First Class Terminal and now I can. I had set it as a goal for 2014, and things happened (Hi Wifey!) that made that goal a little bit harder to get. I think I also set it for 2013 too. Well, wait no more, because that is now happening! In around 11 days time, I will be setting foot inside that famous terminal and enjoying it so very much. I also get to catch up with a friend while in Frankfurt (for that one little day) and now I can have that little break I have wanted so badly.
Life is never a certain thing and change happens all the time. Let’s see where this new adventure takes me!
It is that time of the year again. As the sun breaks over the Horizon on the east coast of Australia, we look back and think about those who have given their lives in service of our country. ANZAC day is a special day for many, especially my mothers side of the family. My american friends may not really understand what ANZAC Day is, but think of it as similar to Memorial Day.
My mothers’s side of the family has a history of service with the army in World War 2. My Grandfather (my mothers father) served in the Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF) as a Machine Gunner in the 2/2nd MG Btln. He served in that same unit with a few of his brothers, all of them came home safe and sound. So as the Veterans of WW2 start to pass away, it is definitely time to remember them.
Although I wish I could be home with the family, in Sydney to march with the rest of the family, I can’t. On this historic day on the 100th Anniversary of the landings in the Gallipoli, we look back and think of those who have given their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Tomorrow morning before Dawn, American time, I will be out in the park near Lake Union, paying my respects in the traditional fashion. Though I don’t think there will be any Two Up, sadly.
At the Going Down of the sun, and in the morning. We Will remember them.
It sure has been an interesting week. Last week was a walk in the park. Got to fuck around with planes all day up at Coupeville (what a blast) and spent the weekend with my lovely wife.
Now though it is back to the real world and back to work. Now that my training is complete I am the FNG at work. What does that mean? I am the F’ing New Guy. The butt of all jokes and the one stuck with all the shit. Could be worse though, I might not be working at all.
Right now I am doing ok, my body only hates me a little & I haven’t done anything too stupid. Although I did screw up in training I have been on the job 2 hours & so far so good.
The good thing about clearing training on a Thursday is that I work my Friday night shift & I have a normal weekend. Score!
Just so you all know, I still won’t be saying who u work for or what I do, it’s just for safety sake. That and I don’t want to lose my job.
I have been so slack the last week (well kind of) and have not updated. I wanted to make this post earlier but it has taken me a number of days to work through it. On Wednesday there was forecast of good weather and I wasn’t working. A Friend of mine was also free and we decided to head up to Whidbey Island. Why? Well because the US Navy was sending some of their jet’s for Field Carrier Landing practice. What is that? Well to put it simply the jets from the local Naval Air Station head to a small local runway (called an Operational Landing Field or OLF for short) at Coupeville and spend time doing touch and go’s practicing for when they head out to sea and have to land on a carrier. They practice pattern work and approaches etc.
So my friend and I headed out there and had a blast, albeit leaving early in the morning
Doesn’t look like much right? Correct! Pretty much it is just a runway right beside the road and there isn’t even a real fence. Just a line of concrete blocks the whole way around. It means you can have a great time getting photos. We went out there expecting maybe 1 or 2 jets to do 5 or so circuits total and that was it. The Navy had released they were doing Mid Morning to Mid Afternoon. Thinking that there might be time for a lunch break in the middle we got there early and just waited. What we got though was a whole different event.
The Navy brought out the jets around 1030ish and they stuck around till about 2pm. A total of 6 different aircraft did approximately 50 touch and go’s and to be honest, it was a BLAST! I took around 1700 photos and a few videos and had some fun in the process as well:
Last year Heidi & I headed up to the tulips with a couple of my friends and we had a great day out and about. Since we didn’t end up going to LA for the weekend (both of us are feeling like crap) we decided to head up to the Tulips instead. We also decided to grab another rental for the day as well (and ended up with a fully loaded, brand new 2015 Tahoe). It was a fantastic day with lots of pretty sights, yummy food (I introduced Heidi to Snow Goose Produce and their massive icecreams). I even got to experience Cabelas for the first time. But this is what you really want to see… pictures!
Today is my last day as an unemployed bum, and I am going to enjoy it. Starting tomorrow afternoon I go back to work (albeit just a few hours for orientation) and then on Monday it is into the thick of it with a full on training program.
I am still not going to say who I am working for but the job is going to help pay bills, which is the main thing. I am still out there looking for other jobs as well as this is not something I want to do long term,i don’t think my body would handle it to well. The training I have been doing in the gym has helped to some extent, but I doubt it will be enough.
While it has been nice waking up at 0730 every morning and slowly rolling out of bed, it has been getting to me a lot this week. I feel lazy and useless at times, and that just isn’t something I want to deal with. So I continue to sit & wait for Friday to roll around.
Days like today help though as the weather is nice & I can get out and get photos when I can (although Boeing isn’t playing ball this morning as I have waited almost two hours for this flight to depart). It helps me feel like I have stuff to do, but when I have a job to go to i feel like I am contributing more to the relationship.
So for now u enjoy the sunshine & the planes doing touch & go’s at Renton Airport. Life can’t be all that bad right?