You can always tell when a man’s lost his soul to flying. The poor bastard is hopelessly committed to stopping whatever he is doing long enough to look up and make sure the aircraft purring overhead continues on course and does not suddenly fall out of the sky. It is also his bound duty to watch every aircraft within view take off and land.
~ Ernest K. Gann, Fate Is the Hunter
This describes me to a T. I will stop whatever I’m doing – driving, crossing the road, CPR – in order to scope out an interesting airplane.
Gann’s book is on my aviation short list. I’ve been told it is a must-read for aviators.