I fly 747s for a living. Here are the amazing things I see every day.


I decided to write Skyfaring, a book about flying, in order to set down for myself some of the remarkable details of the job I’d dreamed of since childhood. I guess I hoped, too, that these details would be of interest to readers who travel so often that flight has become an uninteresting experience for them. Here are six of the more amazing things I’ve learned, or relearned, in the 15 years that I’ve been flying.

Like most people, I hate flying but I love the view of our world from a plane’s window.