The end at the beginning, 9/11

On September 11th I had planned to finally make a serious start with my Airblog, a blog dedicated to aircraft, and spotting in particular. That morning I paid a short visit to the heliport at Meer, Belgium. Just an ordinary day and just a business trip, with an opportunity to make a little stop at the heliport at Meer, passing by on the motorway.

That afternoon, while at a meeting in Antwerp, I became aware of the horror that came over the USA and the rest of the world. My colleagues and I were stunned, staring at our computer screens, unable to realise what we saw. Feeling in my stomach that something terribly important was happening, that the world would be changed after these apparant attacks.

I drove back all the way home in a kind of trance, the radio full with all kinds of news on the attacks. Glad when I was home with my family again.

That night I started my Airblog, not able to comment on the actuallity, only testing. My first post read “This is just a test. Life must go on”. That is the only thing I can think of. Life must go on, but it will never be the same. Aircraft and aviation can be so wonderful, so inspiring. They also can become tools of terror in the hands of dark forces. Let that not happen ever, ever again!

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