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January 12, 2010

Thirty minutes before twilight.


Captain, you are cleared to start number one.
The aircraft's twin red beacons are blasting the jetway every two seconds with bursts of red light as our tug begins the push. I tell the co-pilot to turn number one. She opens the pneumatic start valve and the APU starts pumping air to the starter motor. I used to love keeping my side window open and listen to the rushing air turning the mighty V2500 engine until the ignitors threw a match into the burner cans; a loud WHOOMF would follow ignition... Only a couple of seconds to get the side window closed before the noise level would hammer your left ear drum. And that is why my high frequency hearing is going away... Was it worth it? Absolutely! -- Flight Level 390: Stable and Warm

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