My wife Jeri and I stopped at the Boeing Facilities earlier today to watch as the final C-17 Globemaster III left the Long Beach Airport. It felt like old times hanging out again, if only for a short while, with some old friends and coworkers. It was a chance to talk about old times with some of the guys that lived it with me. I'm glad that Jeri was there to share it with me. The show is over and Elvis has left the building. I'm not sure if there will ever be another reason for me to come back here again. All things, good and bad, pass
It was an awesome sight to behold as the C-17 took off, passed overhead, circled and came back for one final fly by and a tip of the wing. It was an emotional moment. The photos don't do it justice.
Seeing the C-17 do a fly by is something that I have seen many times but for my wife it was her first (and last) chance to see this. It was overwhelming for her.
Needless to say, it was bittersweet for me. The end of something really special. The end of a way of life. An experience that for me, will never be repeated in my lifetime. We really did something here.