The 747 Super Tanker concept seems to come and go over the years. If I had to guess, I’d say it is because there is a lot of money and politics involved in the idea, so the efficiency of the tanker gets questioned constantly. At the time of writing this blog, the Super tanker is parked, while last year, when we came up with the comic, it flew.
But what this strip really is all about is the enthusiasm for aviation. While I see many private pilots always excited about flying, I don’t always see that with the professionals. I guess I would chalk that one up to somewhere between “the grass is always greener…” and “once this becomes a day job…”.
However, there are always exceptions. Chuck is obviously one of them, always positive, always excited. But they exist in real life as well! One of my fellow pilots and good friend is the Chuck-Type when it comes to maintaining the enthusiasm for this business, even after almost 20,000hrs of flight time. He amazes me. He seems to be as excited every morning to do his job as he was on day one. I don’t know how he does it, but it is kind of infectious when you work with him (sometimes it can be downright exhausting, HAHA). It is definitely the way to go and makes the day go by faster 😉
On my last roll I ended up getting stationed out of the Camarillo airport by pure luck. It is the airport where my aviation career “took off”, so to speak, and where everything started including “Chicken Wings”. I had forgotten how cool of an airport this really was after a 10+ year absence and really enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and checking out all the on goings there. There is always so much happening at KCMA. I can highly recommend the trip if you are looking for the “100 Dollar Hamburger”. The airport restaurant is one of the best I have ever been to. (Don’t go on Monday, that’s when they are closed). Camarillo reignited my passion for flying and motivated me to get current again on my private fixed wing aircraft rating. I have had a blast since and I am sure me getting back in ‘ye ole Cessna Skyhawk’ will spark a few ideas down the road, LOL.
Keep flying, my friends! And if you’re not flying currently, do it! Or get a chicken at least. That’s fun as well.