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My Reverse Bucket List of Aviation

It is always nice when you come across something that just makes you want to write.  Over the last few days I had seen a certain article come up a few times on social media, but never stopped to actually read it, sorry Sarina.  Well this evening I finally opened the article and I am glad I did.

The article, which I highly recommend, was written by Sarina Houston for Plane and Pilot, and was all about writing a reverse bucket list.  She gives a much better description than I will, but the short version is that instead of just writing a list of things you want to do, you should also take the time to write the things you have done to help you appreciate how much you have accomplished.

I am a little cautious about posting this because I don’t want it to sound like bragging, but in reality I would also really love to hear about all of the cool things that other people have done in aviation.   Please share in the comments or send me a message to share.  Hearing other people’s lists sounds like a great way to find new aviation goals.

So without further ado, and really just listing them off the top of my head in no particular order, my reverse bucket list of aviation:

Visiting the airport with my dad as a kid, which I had no idea was referred to as planespotting, if it was even called that back then.

Visiting The Boneyard at Davis Monthan right after all of the B-52s were brought there post Cold War.

Going back to Davis Monthan 20ish years later and seeing those same B-52s all chopped up.

Flying in a 747.

Flying in a 787.

My first flight in a 172.

Flying solo for the first time in a Piper Cherokee.

Flying solo cross-country like a real pilot.

Passing my ppl checkride and becoming a real pilot.

Getting my Navigator wings.

My first flight on my beloved C-130H Hercules

My very first air drop.

Dropping on the islands of Micronesia for Operation Christmas Drop twice.

Flying into Kathmandu, Nepal.

My very first live MAFFS drop.

Putting out a wildfire with MAFFS airdrops.

Planespotting at Paine Field, WA. (part 2) (part 3) (part 4)

Watching the Blue Angels show 6 times.

Watching the Blue Angels practice over my house for a year and a half.

Seeing the B-2 Bomber.

Returning wounded soldiers to their homes on an aeromedical evacuation mission.

Meeting John McCain while he was running for president while working at the FBO in Austin, TX.

Flying in the T-6 Texan II.

Hearing the growl of a P-51 Mustang.

My one and only combat airdrop. (We delivered Thanksgiving dinner.)

Attending Aviation Geek Fest 2015

Attending the Reno Air Races.

Airdropping at the Reno Air Races.

Flying over Lake Tahoe.

Flying in a Piper Cub on Christmas Day.

Flying in Alaska as part of Red Flag Alaska.

I probably could keep going for a while, but these feel like the most meaningful ones to me.  Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to have the job I do.  I haven’t gotten to do everything I would like, but I have done some wicked cool stuff over the years.  Some of the ones I listed have links with them if you want to go back and look at the stories I wrote about the events.

The other important thing worth mentioning is that almost all of these events included people who I hold dear in my life.  I was talking with someone about upcoming aviation events in 2019 and the one thing I want to do is go to some of these events so that I can meet more of the people who I love to interact with on social media, like Sarina and a host of other people.

The planes are cool, but it is the people who make aviation special.

December 16, 2018 I Written By

I'm Dave and I am a proud Avgeek. It goes way beyond liking airplanes. It is a passion that cannot be subdued.

Aviation Geek Fest 2013 Only a Month Away #AGF13

Last week I wrote about SocialFlight, a new social media site to help aviation enthusiasts stay connected to others who share their passion for aviation.  Coincidentally, an announcement was made Monday for just the type of event that unites all of us aviation geeks.

The aptly named Aviation Geek Fest 2013 (#AGF13) will be taking place February 16-17 in the Seattle, WA area, with events in both Everett and Renton.  While they have not yet released specific event details, previous years have included tours of the Boeing plant, presentations by Boeing employees, and the always fun geeking out over aircraft that is practically unavoidable in Everett.

While I will not be able to attend thanks to the tight schedule the USAF likes to keep me on, this is exactly the kind of event that I think we need more of.  One of the things I love most about aviation is the willingness of just about everyone to sit there and chat.  It is the fun of trying to one-up the other guy with a cooler experience than he just shared.  In the end we all just have fun hearing about all the cool stuff people have done and seen.

From what I have read about the previous years’ events it also appears to present the opportunity to have experiences that aren’t generally available to just anyone off the street. The tours are generally more in-depth and take you places that aren’t on the normal tours offered by Boeing.

They have also started getting more support from corporate entities like Southwest, United, and Future of Flight that have provided various refreshments and souvenirs for those who attend.

If you are able to attend it sounds like it will be quite the experience.  I’m hoping that I may be able to attend in future years, or that I can find some type of similar function a little closer to home.

You can read about previous years events and see some pictures at these links: AGF09, AGF10, AGF12.

To be added to the mailing list for more details as they become available, you can also join the Aviation Geek Fest Mailing list.

January 8, 2013 I Written By

I'm Dave and I am a proud Avgeek. It goes way beyond liking airplanes. It is a passion that cannot be subdued.