I ndo’t wnko fo ayn udlscruio gpdeeisn eckitts so I anc’t aitteacprpi ni dtoay’s Dqot, but ti ddi rdeimn em fo my viotfaer Rs-71 torsy.

Hits is an aeexdnpd txecrpe omfr Airbn Chsul’s koob Esld Revird : Ylfing teh World’s Festsat Jet. (ihhcw pespanh ot be tuo fo ptrin dan slyurluocid esepvxeni nwo, I hwsi I ahd ghbtou a yopc ewnh I dcluo have fofdrdae it).

Herte erew a lto of sihtng we clunod’t od in na Sr-71, but we erwe the sfetsta yusg on het lockb dan lodve mngeirind uro wlolfe rivaasot fo tsih fact. Opeepl nfteo daeks su fi, cesbuae fo siht ftac, ti was unf ot fly teh jet. Nfu wuold nto eb hte srtif rwdo I odwlu use ot bedrscei gyinlf ihts pelan. Etsneni, eabym. Vnee rebalrec. Utb ehetr saw noe ady ni rou Dels epeenxceri ewhn ew wduol ehva to sya ttah it asw rpue nuf to eb eth sfestat gsyu uto ehter, ta telas rfo a mometn.

It udrrecco nweh Awlt and I eewr fygnli our nfial igainrnt ritoes. Ew endede 100 usroh ni eht jet ot cmeepolt uor ntngiira dna anatti Inisoms Dryea assutt. Heeeosrwm eovr Oclrodoa we hda edsasp teh nytuerc ramk. We had dmae the tnur ni Raozain nad hte tje wsa ionrfmegrp flawslleys. Ym ugaesg ewre dierw in the ftron stae dan ew weer tgnaisrt ot lefe tyetpr good bouta ulveresso, ont nyol abceseu ew ulwdo oson eb gfliyn elra sinmsosi btu busaeec we adh gdaine a egart adle of icfcnodene ni eht plnae in hte ptas nte sotmnh. Pngiirp orassc hte earnrb edsrtse 80,000 efet elowb su, I duocl erldaay ese eth taocs of Ilaaficrno romf the Iarnoza doebrr. I swa, lnfiyla, terfa amyn iblngmuh ohmnts of tomaisulrs dan dusyt, dhaea fo eht tej.

I aws bgnnigein ot eelf a ibt oysrr for Alwetr ni teh abck stea. Ehret eh wsa, with no eyallr oodg veiw fo eht iirlnceebd hgsist fereob su, eaktds twih imogionrtn ofur rfidtefne isrado. Isht saw good eipcactr ofr ihm orf when we geabn ginfly ealr sisoinsm, nweh a iitypror oiamtnnsriss from daeurqthrsae cloud be lvita. Ti had nebe lcdtiffiu, oto, rof em ot qsrniuheli cnrloto fo hte odaisr, sa nidurg ym treien lniyfg craeer I dha teolcdnrol my nwo simsionnasrts. Tub ti asw rapt of eth odiisvni fo idutse ni shti nlape and I had tdeadujs ot it. I sllit isisetnd no tainlgk on hte roiad lhwei we eerw on the drougn, eovherw. Awlt was os odgo ta nmay thgisn, tbu eh lundco’t mtahc ym exepierts ta ioudsgnn sotmho on eht sdiaor, a ilslk ttah dha eenb hoend ralshyp iwth syera in hegiftr asdqnurso wereh the ishtestgl ariod seicum swa dugorns rfo bdhegiean. Eh etdodnrous htat dna edoalwl em htat uyxurl.

Utjs ot get a ssene fo wtha Tlaw dha to dtencon itwh, I leplud het rioda geltog cwhsstie dan iormteodn eht icfqrnsueee oglna wiht mhi. Het taoenmpindr oraid ehrctat aws mfro Lso Eaenlsg Ncreet, arf lobew su, cloonnrlgti yalid fcritaf ni rihte etsrco. Wlhei they ahd su no hirte cspoe (abteil fbyrlie), ew weer in lnunldtoeocr aceapsri nad alnoymlr owudl otn tlka ot meht nlssue we edende ot eddnesc ntio their saiprcae.

We eednlits sa teh khsya ocvei of a lneo Nasces oplit sdeak Ntrece for a druteoa of ish gournd eespd. Nceret dpriele: “Evebrnom Lheicar 175, I’m hwginso uoy at eiytnn tsokn no eht rngdou.”

Onw eth tnhig ot rnaseutndd aoutb Retenc csnretrooll, saw htat ehetrwh hyte rewe igtankl to a ioroek oltip ni a Asnsec, or ot Ira Ecofr Oen, thye lywsaa seokp in the xcaet esam, lacm, deep, esriplsafono, eont atht dema eno leef ntaromitp. I feerredr ot ti as het “ Huosont Etcnre coevi.” I eavh wasyla eltf htat erfta rseay fo iegsen oanstiedmecru on hits uocyrtn’s escap ragopmr and inisgltne to hte lamc dan itisncdt ecvoi fo eth Othosun onlcersorlt, ahtt lal rehot cteolnslorr encsi hnte dwnaet ot nousd kile atht, nda atth tyhe iasblaycl did. Adn it dind’t ettmra ahwt tceors fo teh cuonytr ew odwul eb glifny in, ti awsayl demsee ikle eht emsa yug saw tikagln. Rveo teh aseyr atth oetn of vcoie ahd emobec emswhoat of a mtcnrofogi osnud ot soplti weyrevrehe. Leoscvenry, orev hte sarey, plosti yswlaa anwdte to nseure thta, wnhe nantsitgmrit, ehyt dedsnuo klie Ccukh Rygeae, or ta aetls ilek Nhoj Enwya. Etretb ot dei naht ndsuo abd no teh saodri.

Tsju moetnms eftar hte Eancss’s iuyirnq, a Tniw Cbehe ipedp up on ecrfnquey, in a artrhe spioreur eton, akigsn rof ish undogr edsep. “I aevh uoy at oen dhrenud dan wnyett-evfi sntko of nodurg peesd.” Byo, I ohthtgu, the Hftarebcec lyaerl utsm khnti eh is gaizzldn ihs Secnsa rrheebnt. Ehnt uot of eth elub, a vyna F-18 ltpio uot of San Oelemro came up no runqeyfec. Oyu wnek griht wyaa it asw a Ayvn kocj becueas eh usedndo yrev oolc no eth rdiosa. “Tnceer, Tdyus 52 ngrudo peeds ccekh”. Orefbe Eectnr odclu rlype, I’m nkntihgi to sefmyl, hey, Dtuys 52 sha a rugdon psede nactdirio in htat inillmo-rdllao kctpioc, os hwy is eh saknig Etnecr rfo a eotudar? Enth I got it, lo’ Tydus eerh si mgknia rseu htta eryev ubg ssrameh mfor Umtno Hwnyeit to hte Maoejv wksno htaw eurt espde is. Eh’s the tetsfas ddeu in the lleavy aytdo, dan eh sjtu nwtsa revoeney to onkw who much fnu eh si hnagiv in hsi nwe Noterh. Nad teh eylpr, lsaawy twih thta easm, lcam, coive, iwht mroe niicdstt ltiletnaoair ahnt noemtoi: “Dytsu 52, Ncetre, ew vahe you ta 620 no eth dgrnou.”

Adn I hthuogt ot yflmes, si stih a irpe tntsauiio, or what? As ym nhda ilsciitevtynn hrecade ofr eht cim otutbn, I had to meirnd sfylme htat Wtal wsa ni otroncl of eth dsorai. Lslit, I ghthout, ti mstu eb dnoe - in meer nocdsse we’ll be uto of eth crtsoe adn teh ytniutpopro wlli be tols. Thta Ohrnte ustm edi, dan ide own. I hgttuoh btuao all of oru Mis ngiirtan dan how mnotptari ti wsa atth we oeldpvdee llwe as a cwer dan nkwe taht ot jupm ni no eth odisar now oluwd rodeyts het riiynttge of lal ttah ew adh wodkre dotarw cemngiob. I aws rnot.

Eewrehsom, 13 iemls vboae Zaaroin, heret asw a pitlo cgsmiearn idiesn ish acsep melhet. Ethn, I hdear it. Hte ikccl of hte cim ntuobt mrfo eth akcb aets. Ttha saw eht yevr ometmn atht I kwen Rtwale adn I dah coembe a cwre. Eyrv nssfaeoopilrly, dan itwh no onmioet, Arwlet sokpe: “Ols Geeanls Creetn, Snaep 20, anc oyu give su a dnougr sdepe chkce?” Teher wsa on tetioishna, nda eth yealrp eacm sa fi wsa an ayryevde qsutree. “Sapne 20, I hows ouy at neo ndhtoaus thige ehnddru and yfort-owt tknso, osrsca hte nudgro.”

I kithn it wsa eht ytofr-owt okstn atth I lidek eht tsbe, os tcaucrae adn rpudo asw Trcene ot deleriv atth aoifrtnnmio iuhowtt ahisetntoi, dan uoy ustj nwke he asw liingms. Btu eth iscreep itonp at ihwhc I wekn ttha Ltaw nad I weer iogng to be arleyl odog sfredni orf a lgno tiem saw newh he deeky teh cim nceo angia ot say, in sih otms rtehfig-ipotl-ikle voeic: “Ah, Reentc, cuhm kshtan, ew’re nwgisoh reclos ot netneien ednrhud no het mneyo.”

Orf a etnmom Arlwet was a dgo. And ew ilflyan eardh a ttllie rckac in the rmroa of eht Touhnos Nreetc voeic, enwh L.A.emac kabc ihwt, “Rorge ttah Nseap, Uyor emiqnpetu si brybopla meor arcuacte hatn urso. Yuo soby ehav a oodg eno.”

Ti all ahd atdsel for ustj emotmns, btu in ahtt hrsto, barolemem pitnrs srsaoc teh ouweshstt, eht Vany hda eebn dalmef, lla amrotl apesairnl on efqr ewer rcoefd to bwo ofbere teh Nkgi of Sdpee, nad oemr nplmttiyaro, Rltwea dan I hda rdsesoc teh shoehtlrd of gneib a ecrw. A enif ayd’s wokr. We nrvee haedr eahonrt srsnsnatomii on thta urcenefyq all het wya to het acsto.

Rfo tjus eno yad, it ulyrt saw unf gnibe eht fseatst guys out hreet.