The Joy of Flying

by Benny Law January. 29, 2020 400 views

I am not a pilot, but I have always been fascinated with aircraft since I was a kid. I just love the aerodynamic shape of a plane, especially the cross section of a wing. When I was in high school, I joined the aviation club and even became the vice president of the club. The activities didn't involve any real flights, but trips to hangars and lots of fun building and flying model planes. I didn't get my first real flying experience until the day I left Hong Kong for Canada to further my education, but I often dream of flying (not figuratively but literally), not in an aircraft but just somehow defying gravity, like a bird. That is the type of dream that I don't want to wake up from.

Here are a few photos that I captured from some of my flying experiences. I am grateful that I get some opportunities to travel because of my work, although recently, I have been pretty much grounded due to my heart condition. I really hope it can be fixed soon so I can resume my occasional travels.

An early morning flight from Gdansk to Frankfurt.

An early morning flight from Gdansk to Frankfurt.

Cruising at 35,000 ft above the Gulf of Mexico in a Boeing 757 en route to Guatemala.

Cruising at 35,000 ft above the Gulf of Mexico in a Boeing 757 en route to Guatemala.

Flying from Munich to Gdansk.

Flying from Munich to Gdansk.

Passing over San Pedro Ayampuc on a flight to Guatemala City.

Passing over San Pedro Ayampuc on a flight to Guatemala City.

View of downtown Guatemala City as the plane was approaching the runway for landing.

View of downtown Guatemala City as the plane was approaching the runway for landing.

My sacrifice of sleep for catching an early morning flight was rewarded by this glorious view of sunrise.

My sacrifice of sleep for catching an early morning flight was rewarded by this glorious view of sunrise.

A sightseeing flight on a float plane in Alaska. I love flying in small planes.

A sightseeing flight on a float plane in Alaska. I love flying in small planes.

Circling back to Ketchikan where the sightseeing flight started.

Circling back to Ketchikan where the sightseeing flight started.

Returning to the dock at the end of the short flight.

Returning to the dock at the end of the short flight.

My first (and only) flight lesson. It was a Father's Day gift from my daughter. (Yes, my profile picture came from this photo.)

My first (and only) flight lesson. It was a Father's Day gift from my daughter. (Yes, my profile picture came from this photo.)

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Shauna Golembiewski 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I love #6! This was a fun perspective.

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Benny Law Replied to Shauna Golembiewski 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, watching sunrise or sunset on a plane is an amazing experience. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, Shauna.

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Kass Dunmore 9 months, 2 weeks ago

You can have that small plane!  I went up once on a four seater and couldn't wait to get down.

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Benny Law Replied to Kass Dunmore 9 months, 2 weeks ago

grinning Yeah, I understand that flying in a small plane is not everyone's cup of tea. On that sightseeing flight in Alaska, my family had the same reaction you did. They couldn't enjoy the scenery and were anxious to get back on solid ground. By the time the plane got back to the dock, they were ready to puke.

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Marsha 9 months, 3 weeks ago

These shots from up high are just thrilling! I admire people who hop in a plane and enjoy the views because I’m a nervous Nelly when it comes to flying. First one is my fave...simple and breathtaking!

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Benny Law Replied to Marsha 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Marsha. I hope you can overcome your fear of flying some day and be able to enjoy the views and the experience. It can be very rewarding.

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Marsha Replied to Benny Law 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Me, too! 👍🏻

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Bethany Plonski 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Love this post! Some beautiful captures, although I'm sad to hear your health has been limiting your activity. I know how frustrating that can be and hope that you'll be able to get back to the things you love and miss soon. Your daughter sounds very sweet and thoughtful, by the way.
I've been interested in dreams for quite some time now, but never had a flying dream. The closest thing was a dream where I was running impossibly fast, and it was exhilarating in a similar way.

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Benny Law Replied to Bethany Plonski 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm glad you like this post. Yeah, my daughter is my sweet little girl, stubborn, but good at stealing everyone's heart. I'll be facing an empty nest soon though. She'll be getting married in the spring. I hope my heart condition doesn't get worse before that.

Running impossibly fast in a dream? I wonder if it has something to do with your husband's nickname for you. smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Benny Law 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Congrats to her and you as well! Crossing my fingers that things will improve and not interfere with your plans to celebrate. It must be a bittersweet time for a parent.
smile I have to smile at that dream interpretation! I do literally NOTHING fast ever. But I interpreted the dream as a sign that I was leaving some old baggage behind and feeling unburdened. Dreams send us all kinds of interesting messages.

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Benny Law Replied to Bethany Plonski 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your warm wishes. Bittersweet is a good word to sum up how I feel.

I'm glad you can cast off your old baggage and feel liberated to forge ahead full steam! I wish you the richest blessings in your life ahead! 🌞🙏

9 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Benny Law 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Benny. You are always so kind. I really appreciate that and wish you all the best too. smile

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Irena 9 months, 4 weeks ago

:-)high brightness

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Benny Law Replied to Irena 9 months, 3 weeks ago

🙂🌞🛩🙏

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Camellia Staab 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I love flying.Even to this day when it is some what if hassle going through customs and most in flight services are not as good as they used to be I still love. There is something about that experience which is very gratifying for me. Now I do not have that dream that you have of flying on my own, definitely not ready for that flight.😉. Hope they figure out your heart issues soon so yet can travel again .

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Benny Law Replied to Camellia Staab 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I usually don't mind the airport hassles that much for longer international flights, but I don't like short domestic flights. And when I'm flying, I like going through turbulence except when they are serving meals or drinks. Yeah, I'm weird that way. And once you have experienced flying on your own in a dream, you will want it again. It is so exhilarating! It's such a great feeling when you can just lift yourself up from the ground and fly through the air while people around you look on with disbelief. It was often so real in my dreams that I was sure that it was actually happening. Then when I finally woke up, I got so disappointed.

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Beautiful set of images. I hope your heart condition gets better soon to allow you the oportunity to take a few more flights.

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to Russell Smith 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you, Russell. I hope so too.

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Antonio Gil 9 months, 4 weeks ago

My father was a pilot of small planes when i was young and i flew with him often, so I can relate so well with this post

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Benny Law Replied to Antonio Gil 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Wow, how special is that, Antonio! Those memories of flying with your dad must be doubly sweet!

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Buster Bruce 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Beautiful images Benny. Yes flying gets into your blood! All I can say is- get your license!

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to Buster Bruce 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I wish I could afford it, Buster, both in terms of money and time. 😞

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Pete Fitzgetald 9 months, 4 weeks ago

what awesome shots

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Benny Law Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much, Pete!

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