Summer project. wanted something to do after work while basketball and the nba are done for a few months, and remembered really enjoying this as a kid.
don’t feel great about american (or any) militarism and the indoctrination of kids into heroes/enemies, us/them myths and the enduring b******t it causes the world over. i’m nearly 35 and can’t unlearn some of that!: the a-6 was my favourite plane growing up ‘cos flight of the intruder (and the other jake grafton novels) by stephen coonts were great reads (the movie was ok, and has willem dafoe (good) and a cameo from a pre-ross david schwimmer (less good)). (the follow ups are mad, and they definitely should’ve made under siege into a movie or mini series instead of the movie they did make with that name). before that i so badly wanted to be jim graham in empire of the sun too (the amazing movie not the terrible band), and the private school boy airplane model building fighter pilot worshipping stuff resonated as a 12 year old. it’s still my favourite film. i went to the air show every summer, joined the air force cadets as a teen (because australia doesn’t have carriers or it woulda been the navy), read everything i could about vietnam, and took school classes with the goal of applying to adfa. i’ve been to the air force museum at linköping three times. i guess i’m trying to say i wish i wanted to build 747’s instead of something that delivered cluster bombs to rice farmers, but it’s really hard to shake the connection to/nostalgia for being young that’s come on walking into wentzels and walking out with this, even though i don’t want to feel good about it. when it’s done i’ll probably hang it from ceiling and buy the cadillac of the sky next. tell me about your conflictions?
ps yeah i still like top gun too #flightoftheintruder#stephencoonts#empireofthesun#jgballard#revell