It was a little bit Meryl Streep in Out of Africa, except without Robert Redford, and a little bit Snoopy storming enemy lines across France a la Charles Schultz of Peanuts fame.
It would be fun to try and go up in a small plane during every travel excursion, whether in the States or in other countries. Since many other countries still use small planes as an important form of transportation it could be a viable goal.
Here are a few ways to explore by aircraft the next time you travel:
Savannah Africa - South Africa
Discover Ireland - Helicopter Services
Air Sahara - Charter Services
Exploring our surroundings in a small aircraft is personal and can bring you closer to the true nature of the area. Imagine gliding above fields of olive trees in Greece or the farmland of Ireland. How beautiful would it be to see the land from this perspective. I can only imagine the majestic beauty of the Sahara or the expanse of the African Savannah. Experiencing a land or region by air heightens your awareness and seems to leave a deeper mark than any photo. It is something to consider for any traveler even if it is only choosing the window seat next time rather than the aisle.
Update: Check out a great photographic retrospective by The Mainichi Daily of Japan from the air over the last 80 years!