Cheeks trembled, eyelids twitched, their focus fixed straight ahead. Strobes of platinum rays and brilliant white light reflected off a silver and sapphire plane as it taxied between the airport and the open airline hangers across the tarmac.

WP_20140331_006Firm fingers held a phone as another started the recording. Eyelids stretched wide, spectacles slipped over nostrils, excited breath fogged the glass. A jet of air was adjusted overhead. Swirling puffs blew onto the iPhone and cooled it on impact. An eager arm grabbed a floating armrest. The Airbus had turned towards the runway.

Power pushed the throttle to create the thrust needed for takeoff from a shortened runway. Anticipation rolled, the engine hummed and a seasoned flyer captured an exhilarating departure.

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