Posted September 2, 2008 by Carl Unger
Not as much as Chip Ponton. Ponton, a worker in the air cargo industry for two decades, has a collection of over 550 model airplanes in his home, housed in a room with a curved ceiling that invokes an airplane hangar. "Some would call it a sickness," Ponton tells commericalappeal.com, and indeed his passion for air travel is uncommon these days.
Ponton owes his love of flying to a lifelong association with the industry, starting with his father, who worked for Continental, and extending through his own career.
What strikes me most about this guy, however, is his worship of flying. "Most people," he says, "have an awe of flight. Just the fact that you can take a machine that's heavier than air and be somewhere in a couple hours, there's a wonder to flying."
Around here we like to joke and poke fun at the airline industry, but we should all be reminded that air travel really is a pretty amazing thing, no matter how much that fact gets buried in all the fees, crunched seats, and delays. Sure, that stuff is annoying, but perhaps we too easily take for granted that we can travel across the country in five hours, and across vast oceans in under 10. Just sayin'.
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