Being married to a pilot has it’s perks!
This fall I had the opportunity to take several flights around Korea. Although I fly in and out of Incheon fairly often, the view is much different when you can ask your pilot to circle back or fly closer. Jared has his fixed wing private pilot’s license. He joined the Aero Club at Osan Air Force Base, which is about 45 minutes away from our home. He can rent little Cessnas from the Aero Club and take me up to explore. When he first joined I didn’t go up with him as he was getting used to the area, and he had a friend to fly with. He and the friend split the cost of the plane, which was really helpful because this is not a cheap hobby! However, the friend moved and it was time for me to be the co-pilot!
My favorite thing to fly over is the mud flats. When the tide goes out, little streams and valleys appear in the mud and make beautiful patterns. They glisten in the sunshine and are mesmerizing.
I also like flying over the Kia car factory. I like uniformity and organization; seeing all those white cars perfectly lined up is surprisingly pleasing to the eye. I complain on here a lot about the air quality, and I always make a big deal about rejoicing clear days. Here is the factory on two different days, and you can see the effect of air quality.
Once you get away from Seoul, Korea is very rural and mountainous. It reminds me of east Tennessee so much! I love looking over the fields and rice paddies.
Then again, you see some strange things that remind you that you’re in Korea!
Also, though Jared has been a Blackhawk pilot for over 7 years, I had yet to fly in one. The Army is really restrictive about allowing families on aircraft, and I never thought I’d have the opportunity. Through various, complicated plans, I was able to ride with some other families over part of Seoul. We flew along the Han and Gangnam, and it was amazing to see this side of Jared’s career. I was in awe of the pilots and crew chiefs, and very jealous that they get to do this everyday. As the Army restricts this so much, it might have been a once in lifetime opportunity!
I am so grateful that I have these opportunities to explore Korea from above!