An Aviation Love Story Part 2

Hindsight is always 20/20.

There are some things in life that just don’t make sense until you look back in hindsight. Certain dreams or aspirations may not work out as planned; unforeseen obstacles may be set in your path and detour you down another road. All the meanwhile we get frustrated, angry even, and throw all of the “whys” at God. Surely we know best, right? As difficult as it is to trust God through all of the trials set before us, it is important to realize that He is an all-knowing God and has a plan for us.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

God knows your heart and all of it’s desires better than you do. Often times, the path God leads you down may not be the path that you had envisioned or even the destination that you were certain you would be journeying towards.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

It appears that God’s plan for me will probably never include aviation as a career. I have complete peace about that. In hindsight, I can see that wasn’t what God had in mind for me. Perhaps He gave me a heart that loved aviation for an even greater role: so that I may understand and support Jon’s love for it. Within my “support” role, comes the benefit of being around the desires of my heart, too. :)

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My first “Eagle Chick Day”!

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It is pretty much a take-the-wife-to-work day. We got to experience a little bit of what they get to do everyday. And me? I FINALLY got one of these:

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Our first stop: the jet. Be still my heart, the jet.

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Putting all of the gear on.

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G-suit. Check. Harness. Check. Vest. Check. Helmet. Check.

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Every dog has her day. Eventually.

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Even if it is 10 years in the making.

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Our next stop was the Radar Room. It literally looked like something out of a Star Trek movie. Not that I’ve seen one. 😉

It looked very similar to this:

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Very dark. Very cold.

And off to the Air Traffic Control Tower!

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All NINE flights up to the top. Yes, NINE flights of stairs + one defibrillator.

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At the top.

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On the catwalk.

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Watching the jets take off and land.

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And fly formation overhead.

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Next stop: Fly the simulators!

They look like this:

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They were a lot of fun to fly. Very different than my Cessna. 😉

I was very pleased that I didn’t do anything in there to completely embarrass myself. haha

At the end of the day, I had put on 40 lbs of sweaty gear, sat in the blazing hot cockpit of a jet in a hangar swarmed with mosquitoes (equivalent to a Biblical plague), climbed nine flights of stairs to the top of the tower, landed a jet I’ve never flown before on center-line in the simulator…all while wearing a ridiculously hot flight suit…

and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.

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haha. In actuality, I loved every minute of it. I loved having the opportunity to see what everything is really like not only for Jon’s job, but a lingering curiosity from years past.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

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