Monday, 19 January 2009

Sign Of The Times?

We pass Kemble Airfield quite frequently, at the end of the runway there is a business that scraps and dismantles planes. Throughout the year the planes come and go at a leisurely pace.
At the moment however there are two planes parked, a jumbo from Air India and a 737 from Air Seychelles. They look like wounded birds and it is a sad sight. Our local newspaper reported that the two pilots from the Air India jumbo had flown the plane for a number of years and were very upset at having to leave their aircraft. Captains of ships never like to say goodbye to their vessels so perhaps it is the same for the pilots of the steel birds of the sky.

9 comments:

Ladybird World Mother said...

How extraordinary to see such a sight... so normal in airport, so weird when they are out of place. Have never thought that pilots might miss their planes. Lovely post. Thank you!

Suburbia said...

They must look HUGE in Kemble! Such a pretty village (beautiful train station too!)

Lane said...

That must be a very sad sight. And not one you see everyday!

DayPhoto said...

Or farmers leaving thier fields.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Lindsay said...

Good thought DayPhoto.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Had never given any thought to what might happen to "retired" planes but it seems sad that there is a scrap yard for them. Sadder still that the regular pilots of those aircraft have to take them there.

Paula said...

beached abandoned anything looks forlorn - enormous planes must make it a hundredfold so...
paula http://lockspark.wordpress.com

cheshire wife said...

You would think that if planes have to be scraped that it could be done nearer to their home.

Liz said...

Do pilots always fly the same planes then?