Got the call while heading pretty far in the opposite direction….”Have you got a camera in your pocketbook? Hurry up, come to the Beverly Airport and see the light reflect off the Collings Foundation warplanes…and yes the one your dad flew on is here”. My husband is an air traffic controller so I get advance notice on stuff like this and blimp visits, and I respond every time I can. This time it was after 6:00, and according to my husband if I was fast, I could make it before the sun relinquished its hold on the day.
I turned around and drove on the thready edge of speeding to beat the setting sun with the hope of scoring a scant 1/2 hour of good light for photography. Once there I maneuvered my lens (not the good camera, I didn’t have time to get that) through the chain link fence, hopped on and off a super rickety picnic table to view over the secured area, and mingled briefly with history and airplane buffs as they came in and out of our chain link cage, (now I know how kenneled dogs feel). Everyone was ramped up about the opportunity to see these planes “almost” up close and without the crowds the next day’s event would bring. Next step, “jog” up the winding tower steps (is it like 5 flights?), get out on the semi lethal catwalk for a few aerial shots. I regally waved to the throngs below.
This is a big part of our lives. Some people search for the perfect wave, some for the perfect melody. Jon and I as enthusiastic amateur photographers look for the perfect photo op. And while we fail more often than not to get the winning pic, we always come back with representative shots and a great story.
The sun dropped a bit too quickly if you ask me. Leaving nothing but silhouettes and “woulda, shoulda, couldas.” So with a quick peck as a thank you for the call, I unwound the tower stairs, and at the base of the tower, the sun set on the old war birds.
I’ve spent a lot of time with my eye on the sky this summer –
*Blimp envy will be the subject of my next blog
*Hopping aboard a 1929 Ford TriMotor plane http://wp.me/p13Md6-Np
*Staying grounded while examining the jobs within the skydiving industry http://wp.me/p13Md6-Oz
Visit the Collings Foundation website http://www.collingsfoundation.org/menu.htm and you’ll see that Tom Hanks flew on their 909 (the B-17). Earlier this summer a colleague sent me an article stating that Hanks loves antique typewriters. I collect antique typewriters; I’m obsessed with all varieties of aircraft; I studied acting. What next? Will I learn he visits antique car graveyards and loves house rabbits? What are you,Tom Hanks, like… some sort of big kid, quit copying me!
(c)2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell