Around the Airport

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Video You Never Want to End

With video cameras on nearly every phone, today it's pretty common to see interesting moments caught "on film". Yet, since these interesting videos are so prevalent, they've also lost some draw.  If you don't believe me, when was the last time you watched a video to the end or without fast forwarding it?  There just isn't much that grabs you and won't let go.  The video below is not one of them.
Five seconds into this video my eyes were already scanning the time counter to see how long it was because I knew I didn't want it to end.  How often to you see video of the Pan Am seaplane operations you haven't already seen?  And have you ever seen them in color?
I honestly can't remember being so torn by a video because I knew it way shorter than I wanted it to be and the more it played the closer it came to being over too soon.  Man, those were incredible times.  Watch it and see for yourself.  I could watch hours of it.

1 comment:

Art geissler said...

Makes my heart hurt, my dad flew for Pan Am or as it was known then, PAA, he always called himself ""the 3rd man on the bow line". I have his old log books and they are very interesting to go over, sea planes, convairs, Boeing cruisers,dc3, dc4. dc6b, 727, 707, 747,plus a whole lot of fighter stuff. some 44 years with Pan Am, I learned to fly gliders in Germany at age 12 at Wasserkuppe, my dad thought it would be "broadening" to my life and boy was he right. I still fly gliders whenever I can, I own a small lsa I keep in Scottsburg and fly it just about anytime the wind is below 15knots. I remember going across the north pole in dc6s to school in England some 65 times with dad in the left seat and me riding jump seat my earliest memory of flying with him was flying the Boeings to the islands and to hong kong in 1948 with stops all along the way. because of him and his flying I have lived in over 13 different countries and speak 4 languages and fly. It was a very good life and and now I am sad as I miss him and our flying times together. What a sad thing to see the great airlines die, back when you worn a suit and tie and ladies wore gloves and little hats, there were linen and china and silverware instead of peanuts and plastic. I am sure my dad would have loved to see the new navigation toys we have know instead of the cone of silence and shooting the stars (which I learned from him out of the top bubble) Anyway thanks for listening. Art Geissler, Louisville, Ky