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June 12, 2004
Staring out the window of an airplane is most interesting when within a thousand feet or so of the ground. Maybe there's a greater fear factor, or maybe its being able to make out small details or seeing the normally hidden upper sides of things. Today, on the approach to BOI, when we were low enough to gauge our tremendous speed by the unrolling landscape, I experienced an intense mix of dread and amazement to see passing below our wings, on a vast dark patch of bare ground, the disassembled and strewn parts and pieces of a large passenger jet.