Taking off in the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies.
Even 20 years ago, the B-747, known as the Queen of the Skies, was ubiquitous. Any intercontinental travel would, in all likelihood, have been carried out by her.
All this changed with the modification, in the 1980s, of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO's) Extended Twin-Engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS).
With that, twin engine jets, like the Boeing 767 or the Airbus A330, were able to compete with the Boeing 747 on its core transoceanic routes.
We still love every opportunity to fly with the Boeing 747, as here, with a beautiful view of Malibu, California, just after taking off northbound from Los Angeles International Airport.
Ever since I was a baby, the Queen of the Skies has always gotten me from A to B in style. As such, she'll always have a special place in my heart.
Very few things can compare to those four big, powerful General Electric engines firing up and lifting you skyward.
As we flew north along the California coast, near the Bay of Santa Monica, we eventually crossed up over the Santa Monica Mountains, spotting freeways, homes and warehouses.
And a few minutes later, we were in the dusty, hot desert.
I could almost feel the heat, at least until the clouds obscured my view: