"The verb of walking is not ideal for a pilot, but the action of flying is. Ever since I had my eyes taken to the sky I have been able to find peace, motivation, and hope."
With my Monday post discussing the flight in the B-25 I have been able to take some more time to reflect on that experience. The most important connections come from the best experiences. When history meets aviation it really hits home. Throughout the entire flight I could not help but feel the presence of those who have pioneered the aviation world, those who fought and serviced in World War Two, as well as those who came before that time. Oftentimes history is forgotten, which is not a good thing. The worst thing we can do as human beings is to forget history and forget the events with the people involved with them. I truly believe that history always happens for a reason. Everything is meant to teach us a lesson.
As I was able to experience the flight I could smell the smells that most likely remained from when the plane was built. This flight was truly a blessing because it taught me so much, not just about aviation, but about history. I truly felt a small connection to what it would have been like to be present in the Doolittle raid. Still I am in complete awe over the whole experience. If I could I would repeat this flight in a heartbeat. I could still picture myself in the plane, flying through the sky. I personally felt a piece of something I did not experience before. All at the same time it felt all too familiar. Maybe I was there in spirit form when the Second World War took place.
"You know what is beautiful about life? Exactly. The exact moment. Those exact timestamps that really make an impact. That connection posed by the most detrimental moments -those life learning moments. Whether that is a connection to the past, another individual, or even a moment in time, those seconds really make an impact. The smallest amounts of positivity lead to the greatest impacts. The sheer connection of a moment in time with a moment in the past is beyond beautiful. It unlocks a pathway in the brain through the smells, feels, and sounds. It legitimately feels as if being transported to that exact moment -that exact moment that changed everything, in fact still does.
History and flight really go hand and hand. When looking at the past in the aviation world, it is evident that these aviation pioneers pushed the limits of the planes. When Jimmy Doolittle took one of these planes off an aircraft carrier, that was a huge moment in history. The comprising moments of the past lead to those of the future. Planes have really changed and come a long way. In the end, aviation is such a wonderful industry that holds so much history. Maybe... just maybe... the all too familiar moments really are familiar.