I recently posted that it’s important to take note of advance warning signs. It’s equally important to know their real meaning.
Earlier this week whilst out running along the banks of the Thames the peace was shattered by the roar of a USAF B-52 Stratofortress coming in low. Big, noisy and impressive but not all that rare here, located as I am between a number of airbases. For the next mile I had fragments of old B-52 tracks in my head. Of course that made me think how I could somehow cobble a post together that justified a link to Rock Lobster or something similar.
Then another B-52 dropped by. Maybe it was the same one just flying circuits? (It wasn’t. It and all the others are part of Exercise Sabre strike). Gear down and clearly looking to land at Fairford it was pumping out US tax dollars in the form of black smoke. Loud, oversized and expensive a true emblem of the USA. Now I had old Steve Bell cartoons in mind!
I continued along the river concentrating on my footing until I cut down a lane onto a road. Then another of the beasts lumbered overhead. A dog walker stopped to look.
“looks like he’s trying to land at Fairford. But that can’t be right. It’s closed.”
RAF Fairford is a USAF base with a 10,000 ft long runway suitable for the biggest of all planes and in 2010 it was ‘closed’. Of course it wasn’t really closed. It became non-operational and moved to a care and maintenance basis. It remains available for use at very short notice.
You see a ‘closed’ airfield is still an airfield. All a no entry sign really tells you is that there is a route down which someone does not want you to go. Habits and conventions can also act as ‘signs’ telling us that this is the way we do things. What happens if we challenge those conventions? Sometimes it might pay to look behind the obvious meaning of things we see – new opportunities might be lurking just the other side of that no through route sign.
Bust a few boundaries today.
And now here is that link to the B-52’s – sorry but Roam was more appropriate!