Take Off

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Take Off...

I love the sound of small planes taking off. It goes all the way back to the late 1950’s when we moved across town from the Renton Highlands to the Earlington neighborhood.

Our bedrooms were upstairs and it got pretty hot up there in the summer so we’d have all the windows open as wide as they’d go. I remember early mornings lying in bed. It was finally cool and quiet and just before dawn the birds would start chirping to welcome the day.

Then off in the distance I’d hear one of those small planes startup at Renton Airport. A few minutes later it would taxi out to the runway then (wait for it) gun it for take off. When the wind was from the south the flight path would take them right over downtown and past our place.

The Doppler Effect was so cool as they climbed to altitude. The sound would echo off Earlington Hill then a really long fade would follow as they flew off into the distance. In my half sleep I’d imagine flying and would listen until it finally vanished somewhere south down the Green River Valley.

I’m on my way home from Seattle this beautiful sunny spring day and stopped at one of my favorite little parks, the Will Rogers Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base. It’s in the northwest corner of the airport just off Rainier Avenue on the shores of Lake Washington.

The breeze is from the north today so I’m fortunate, they’ll be taking off almost over my head and flying over the lake.

You might also enjoy: Will and Wileys last adventure.

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Rene,

You are quite the wordsmith.  I felt the cooling breeze and the sound of those planes. A,

May 02, 2014 05:14 AM #1
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Happy Friday, A... Thanks! Yet, so much time, so few words :O)

May 02, 2014 05:25 AM #2
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Rene, For all of our married life we have had planes. Sold the last one about 2 years ago. I like the sound of being in the plane. Did you ever fly one?

May 02, 2014 07:55 AM #3
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Margaret... One of the coolest days of my life was getting to fly one of those piper cubs. Mark Holmes is a retired fighter pilot with a big passion for planes. Back in 2007 (I think it was) he arranged a whirlwind day of meetings. We took off from Salem, Oregon in the morning flew up over Portland then down the Columbia River to Astoria. After the meeting we flew down the coast to Coos Bay for another meeting and lunch, then back to Salem. Mark was so cool and let me have the wheel as much as I wanted (except for takeoffs and landings of course). What a blast! I'll never forget it! And we were so lucky, it was a beautiful summer day!

May 02, 2014 08:06 AM #4
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That is so cool, and you also captured the lovely weather we've been having here in the Great Pacific NW.

May 02, 2014 08:38 AM #5
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Nice job with your post, you even make the sound of airplanes sound romantic. You sure do have a way with words.

Thank you for commenting on my post.

May 02, 2014 09:57 AM #6
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Rene, That is a great post! I remember when as a kid the F16's were stationed at Hill Air Force Base, about 10 miles North of where I grew up, we used to watch them scream across the sky.  It was quite a sight!

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I too love the roar or buzz of the piston driven airplane. It comes from my father being a retired Air Force pilot and his love of everything that visits the clouds...

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Rene, Would you consider taking flying lessons? There are flying clubs that you could join.

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Renee the fond memories we recall from childhood.  Love your take off video.

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Carla... Thanks and yes the weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week!

Joe... Thank you sir. I do have a kind of romance for those small planes.

Tony & Darcy... F16s! When those baby's roar by, now that's the sound of freedom!

May 02, 2014 06:59 PM #11
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When we lived at Virginia Beach, we would watch the Navy jets coming in from the ocean to land at Oceana. They would do touch and go landings at night.

May 04, 2014 07:26 AM #12
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Thanks Roy... I also love the Blue Angels when they roar through at SeaFair in the summer!

 

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Nice video Rene. It was almost like being right there. The fluffy clouds and blue skies look perfect for a day of flying.

May 04, 2014 12:03 PM #14
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Debbie... Thanks! I too love the fluffy clouds with blue sky. Wouldn't be fun to be flying this day among them!

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I miss hearing float planes - I heard them growing up in Juneau. It's such an inviting sound and reminds me of my Alaska adventures. I love it when I visit and get to hear that welcome sound again.

Thanks for describing your enjoyment and memories so well - you were able to stir up my own.

May 08, 2014 04:09 AM #16
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Rene' love the fact that you like the sound of Airplanes, there are  so many buyers who discard the idea of living in Westchester, El Segundo and Playa Del Rey because of the noise of LAX...then again there are others who have no problem with living near the Airport because the value far exceeds the noise trade off, Endre

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Hi Debb... I heard those float planes when I was in Juneau last year! It was summer and the acoustics are wonderful there with the city and the water between mountains.

Endre... I love those small planes especially. I now live about 2 1/2 miles from the Renton field, depending on windage, they make a turn near my place. It's not loud really, in fact I like the sound from here too.

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I live near a major commercial air port (YUL). Nice post Rene, though personally I'm less than enthralled to be woken up by those big heavy freight/mail flights that lumber through take off at 3 or 4 in the morning.

May 20, 2014 10:34 PM #19
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Hi Robert... This airport is mostly piper cubs and small corporater jets. Boeing uses it also, but they usually wait until the wind is from the north so they take off over the lake instead of downtown Renton. When they do, you certainly know it!

May 21, 2014 01:52 AM #20
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