For me it was one of those rare days you get once or twice a year. First, I work in a large airplane factory on the south shore of Lake Washington. Being as the weather was nice, the doors were fully open. These are big floor to ceiling doors, originally made for 707’s and 727’s to roll through, then later 737’s and 757’s. From the factory you can see Seattle and Mercer Island to the north. There were herons standing on poles in the lake. Crows chasing a hawk.
Then not one, but twice, we were treated to an airshow by the Blue Angels practicing for a show this Sunday. They swooped and dived and looked like they were having a good time in the cloudless sky. Then Fat Albert, a Blue Angels support airplane, gave the factory a slow and low flyby, the pilot waved the wings of the airplane acknowledging the waves from large crowd that had gathered outside the factory.
We were treated to free hot dogs as a promotion to collect school supplies for local low income children.
Then to top it off, I was treated to an airplane that every system I tested worked perfectly. Every functional test ran without a hitch, I didn’t even have to change any burned out light bulbs. This is extremely rare, to have something built with literally thousands of parts made all over the world and have them all come together and work as designed.
Then to top things off, my crew does not have an airplane scheduled for tomorrow so I am taking the day off. 3 day weekend, here I come.
So, how was your day?