You Never Know What You Will See at The Flight Deck!
As you enter The Flight Deck, look to your left. You’ll see numerous pictures of pilots: old, young, thin, portly, happy or sober faced, frequently looking oh-so-cool in their aviator sunglasses. One aspect they have in common is stopping in to The Flight Deck for a pleasurable respite and a good meal. As you sit down to enjoy your own soup or burger or sandwich, you may hear the pilots around you speaking about the weather, flying conditions, where they’ve been or where they are going. One of the most enlightening conversations on which to eavesdrop (and yes, we know it’s not polite, but sometimes it’s too fascinating to ignore!) is when pilots speak about the planes they’ve flown.
Sometimes, it’s just reminiscing, but often times, they’ve been inspired to tell their stories due to the models hanging from the ceiling or the planes parked right outside the glass windows of The Flight Deck. These are stories you can only hear as a patron at The Flight Deck.
One story we are proud to be a part of, is the tale of Edwin Hopkins. In 1941, Edwin Hopkins was a 19 year old sailor serving on the USS Oklahoma when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Hopkins, who’d quit school to join the Navy, perished in the attack. He was buried as an “unknown” in a Hawaiian cemetery. Thanks to progress in DNA testing and the diligence of his family, Hopkins’ remains were identified and he returned to New Hampshire, with a wake being held at the airport bearing his name. (Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/12/remains-new-hampshire-sailor-killed-at-pearl-harbor-returning-home.html)
The Keene Sentinel painted a detailed picture of what we could see from our windows at The Flight Deck:
“Saturday’s ceremony was decorated in color and pageantry. Officers in the U.S. Navy Operations Support Center loaded the casket onto a transport plane in Swanzey for one final flight around the county. Their movements precise, the guard members stepped reverently as bagpipes blared. Lifting the flag-draped coffin, they walked in lockstep, their white uniforms crisp against the autumn tableau.”
After the ceremony concluded, The Flight Deck was proud to host the reception to honor Edwin Hopkins and his sacrifice for our country. If you are interested in learning more about Edwin Hopkins’ journey home, please watch the National Geographic channel on December 4th at 9 pm.
For our part, as we fill our bellies with delicious home cooked food at The Flight Deck, we keep our eyes and ears open for more extraordinary stories and sights.
We encourage pilots to tell their stories, and in time, we hope to provide a place to record their stories for posterity and education.
The truth is you never know what you will see at The Flight Deck!