Monday, July 30, 2007


While driving home today I noticed an F18 fighter jet circling close to the airport (and our home). I picked up Nathan and went back to the airport to see if the jet had landed. It had! How exciting! I'm an airplane buff and I'd never seen a Canadian Forces jet at our airport before.

One of the pilots/captains came over to the fence where a dozen or so "flight fanatics" were standing and fielded questions from us. Jameel Janjua and the other pilot, Brandon Robinson, are stationed at CFB Bagotville, Quebec. They were doing manoeuvres and needed to refuel.

Brandon's parents live in the area so he radioed them to say they were refueling in Peterborough. His father is a pilot as well so his parents flew down in their private plane to meet him. They hadn't been together since Christmas.

Nathan and I drove home to get Matthew and my camera. I wanted to watch them taxi and take off. As the plane built up speed, the roar of the engines was deafening. Being a plane buff, and a NASCAR fan (by the way), the sound brought tears to my eyes.

We spoke with Brandon's parents after the F18 disappeared from sight. They were certainly pleased that they had a brief visit with their son over lunch.

The boys and I were grateful for a divinely appointed diversion in the middle of our day.

God is good!


  1. A nice post

    A nice diversion to the stressing things in your life -


  2. Interesting post David! It must have been an exciting moment out of your ordinary day.


  3. Hey Fish,

    I was buried in my basement yesterday following up on two weeks worth of work (just back from holidays) when Kim and Hannah thought they heard something different fly over our house. Had I seen that plane, we would have been at the airport in 10 minutes or less, standing alongside you, experiencing the thrill of a Peterborough "planeatic's" lifetime!

    Interesting timing for this post. Holidays are often my best time for personal reflection, and as I read your post I wondered when was the last time I stood at the fence pondering the awesomeness of God until tears came to my eyes, just like they would have if I had seen that plane with you? Sometimes plane sightings can be used as a reminder of greater purposes...


  4. One more thing....

    "I stand alone in the presence, of Jesus the Nazarene,
    And wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned, unclean?
    How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be!
    How marvelous! How wonderful1 Is my Saviour's love for me!"

    Thanks for bringing that song to my mind thru your post!

    Blessings, my brother.

  5. SOOOOO COOL!! I love to watch the choppers when they fly over every now and then. But I've never seen a plane. I love airplanes thanks to my grampa(WWII pilot) my dad and brothers,I guess I don't really have a choice to like planes or not!

    Little Montreal Girl