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Took my sister to watch Concorde take off, took off every day at 11o'clock. Best bit was the Mexican wave effect of all the car alarms going off in the car parks. went to see a SR71 or YF12A at Farnbrough air show one year, they said it crossed the Atlantic coast to coast in 53 minutes.

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I too got to see a Concord on a couple occasions in Phoenix. First time we parked right on the centerline of the runway right next to the airport fence. It flew right over us probably 150 feet in the air. It also made two passes prior to landing. The next time it came I got a call from my sister saying it had just flown overhead. I high tailed down to th airport and went to the gate attempting to get inside. Unfortunately they were doing a fast turn and were already closing the door. I barely made it to the observation deck to see the take off.

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This might not be considered amazing, but it was quite startling to see two male pensioners (70s?) almost coming to blows in a charity shop whilst browsing the books section.  They weren't even arguing over a book; one had bumped into the other!

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I saw two drunken older ladies come to blows on the street of a town called Katherine in Australia's Northern Territory - and before they got stuck into fighting, one took off her dress so not to get it torn...true story...

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One of the most amazing things I have seen in my lifetime was back in the early sixties at an American airforce base in Bedfordshire, I believe it was Chicksands. An English Electric Lighting going faster than the speed of sound upside down what looked like 10 foot of the runway. I remember my little brother about 1 year old pooing himself and leaping out of his carry cot when the sonic boom came, the Lighting was by this time banking away and in a near vertical climb.

The Universe What more can you physically experience in this.....Universe.

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I was able to see the Grand Canyon - from the bottom up. Years ago, a friend and I backpacked in, spent a night in the campground at Phantom Ranch, out the next day on a different trail. Awesome when seen from any direction.

Regards, Logjam

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The most amazing thing(s) I saw in my Life:  Some automobile accidents as they actually happened; I was in one of them (through no fault of my own) back in 1997.   :blinkbigeyes:   :-?  :anxious:

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Back in November 1995 through Feb 1996, the National Gallery in Washington DC hosted an exhibition of Johannes Vemeere's works.  There are only 36 known Vemeer paintings that are scattered in museums around the world and 21 them were in the exhibit.  This was truly a once in lifetime exhibit.  I got five tickets for the show, one for each day Monday through Friday.  It turned out that the week I was there was the same week the week the Republican Congress shut the US Government down by refusing to pass a budget and this closed the National Gallery.  The sponsors of the show, United Technologies Corporation, were furious and privately hired the museum's guards and staff so the exhibit would be opened (not the whole museum, just the Vemeer exhibit).  This was the only federal facility in Washington DC that was opened.  The tickets were timed (you couldn't get in before your time) but the line at the museum still stretched half way around the block.

 

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I spent several hours each day in absolute awe of the Vemeere works.  When I left on the last day I was thrilled that I had had the opportunity to see these paintings and very sad realizing that I would probably never see them ever again.

 

Several years later I was in New York and saw the Vemeer paintings in Metropolitan Museum of Art and I was awe struck again, and realized how lucky I was to see these paintings again.  Later that day I went to the Frick Collection in New York.  As I was looking at the paintings I thought , "I know that girl".  Then I realized I was seeing a Vemeer painting I had never seen before.  The Frick had not send their paintings to the National Gallery.  As I was looking at the painting I realized tears were running down my face, as they are now remembering the event.

 

Complete Interactive Vermeer Catalogue

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To have seen them once was a remarkable and unforgettable experience. You were fortunate indeed

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The most amazing performances I have ever seen live were the Tommy Emmanuel shows.  I play guitar well enough to understand how impossible what he did live, solo, right in front of me, really was.  I sat there for three hours with my chin hanging down and shaking my head, absolutely mesmerized at what he was doing with a solo guitar.

 

After  one of the concerts I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop with Tommy Emmanuel and a few weeks later another workshop with John Knowles.  These were both life changing events for me.

 

 

 

Here is a short TED talk where Tommy explains and demonstrated what he does:

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My first solo flight at Biggin Hill.

 

Al

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My first solo flight was at Swanton Morley in a Kirby cadet.

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My first solo was at CVG (Greater Cincinnati Regional Airport) in a Cessna 150 back in the 70s.  I got within 5 hours of getting my license and ran out of money.  When I did have the funds, I didn't have the time to get current and complete the cross country work,  I have never gone back to it and I couldn't afford it now besides getting current would be a lot of work :reading:.

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Myself, naked in a mirrior, still give me goosebumps!

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My first solo flight at Biggin Hill.

 

Al

 

 

My first solo flight was at Swanton Morley in a Kirby cadet.

 

 

My first solo was at CVG (Greater Cincinnati Regional Airport) in a Cessna 150 back in the 70s.  I got within 5 hours of getting my license and ran out of money.  When I did have the funds, I didn't have the time to get current and complete the cross country work,  I have never gone back to it and I couldn't afford it now besides getting current would be a lot of work :reading:.

 

Good one guys.  My first solo at KIWA was anticlimactic, however, as I was my instructor's second student and he really made sure I was ready.  It was at the former Williams Air Force Base where I could have done all three touch and goes in one pass on the 12,000 foot long runway.

 

I have a bunch of ideas however the most amazing experience I have had, I would say, would be the adoption of our son.  Our adoption process was amazing.  It has been a very open adoption.  We had come to know our birth mom a couple months prior to her becoming pregnant and approaching us for adoption.  (My wife and I had been trying to start a family for years and were just a couple weeks away from our first IVF attempt.)  We developed a strong bond with her during the pregnancy and we were very involved with the birth and days in the hospital there after.  We took care of each other.  We cried together.  We interacted with her family at the hospital and we walked out of the hospital together.  Our lawyers received calls from social workers and nurses saying that they had never seen an adoption with such amazing union between the birth mom and the adoptive parents.  We have remained close with her after the adoption and of he own accord she has started to move further away from us.  Her life has is starting to blossom as she continues to grow beyond the horrible experience that she had with abusive parents at home and siblings winding up in and out of jail.  Our son is amazing and is a very strong spirited 2-1/2 year old now who is exceptionally intelligent as well.

 

When I get the chance I'll post my runner up experiences.

 

Best,

Larry

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I don't know that amazing is the word to describe this, but it was very funny, and still amongst my favourite memories. 

 

I was 11 or so and a friend and I had gone  for a walk over Fairlight https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=fairlight+country+park&tbm=isch&imgil=8HnsTSyKJaIUHM%253A%253BeJz1eXzjjLV8sM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.tripadvisor.co.uk%25252FAttraction_Review-g186274-d2711856-Reviews-Hastings_Country_Park-Hastings_East_Sussex_England.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=8HnsTSyKJaIUHM%253A%252CeJz1eXzjjLV8sM%252C_&usg=__C_duzZOI0fgMEaXDDFR9bMOsuH4%3D&biw=1232&bih=572&ved=0CEkQyjc&ei=aDjtVLLBHITyUNW1g-AL#imgdii=_&imgrc=Z9rqzw1zhrsH3M%253A%3Bq0nRnt7gXqr7nM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ffarm1.static.flickr.com%252F135%252F331758318_4f1ba71991_m.jpg%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fwildhastings.wordpress.com%252Fgreenspaces%252Flocal-nature-reserves%252Fhastings-country-park-nature-reserve%252F%3B1024%3B682  We got caught by a terrible rainstorm.  Heading home we passed a man being told off by the police.  I think he might have been to close to the cliff edge.  Anyway, we got to the last valley.  The path down into it was a running stream, we were ankle deep.  We got up on the other side to the East Hill https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Ecclesbourne+glen+seen+from+the+east+hill+pics&biw=1232&bih=572&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ZzvtVLHGLornUpWzgJAI&ved=0CDkQ7Ak#imgdii=_&imgrc=sSOEi6Mf9xhgrM%253A%3Bp1Dm74PIj3FMBM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252F1.bp.blogspot.com%252F-D-s2S0p6V1g%252FVDpcY-ieXeI%252FAAAAAAAAcVE%252FB40sp2vlXcU%252Fs1600%252F002.JPG%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fhastingspostcards.blogspot.com%252F2014%252F10%252Fthe-scandal-of-ecclesbourne-glen.html%3B1600%3B1200 and looked back.  It was almost this view, but we were closer.  Anyway, the policemen, proper policemen, in the days when they had authority rather than menace https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=1970s+british+policeman&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=4TztVNicNYG0U9aeg5gP&ved=0CC0Q7Ak&biw=1232&bih=572#imgdii=_&imgrc=wnlItd719FqhYM%253A%3BoOLRNdii3yl3XM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fupload.wikimedia.org%252Fwikipedia%252Fcommons%252Fe%252Fea%252FPolicemen_in_formal_uniform_%288657832055%29.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fen.wikipedia.org%252Fwiki%252FPolice_uniforms_and_equipment_in_the_United_Kingdom%3B4927%3B3283

We looked back across the valley to see the policemen start to make  their way down the steep slope.  The second one slipped.  It was like the luge, and he took out his mate on the way down.  They didn't stop until they reached the bottom.  I haven't stopped laughing yet.

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I was riding my bicycle along the seafront at Bexhill-on-Sea very early one summer morning and up ahead on the promenade, a couple hundred yards away, I saw a man with what appeared to be two dogs - one was clearly a larger German shepherd but the other looked to be a tiny white dog (I guessed a Pekinese or similar) As I was taking this in I saw the man do a hop-step and deliver an almighty kick to the little Pekinese that sent it sailing a good thirty feet into the air towards the water's edge.

 

I swiftly realised that what I thought (at that distance) was a Pekinese was in fact a football (soccer ball, for US readers) but there was an instant there when I thought I was witnessing an absolutely epic act of animal cruelty...

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Someone mentioned a double rainbow which I've also seen. I have also seen a triple rainbow but I think the most interesting ones I've seen where a moonbow over the leeward side of the Island of Oahu and a full circle moonbow from the cargo bay of a C141B enroute from the Big island back to Oahu.

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Thanks for the info Thighbootguy. The one thing that I will note for those that have not seen one is that while the photographs show the full color range of a rainbow, to the naked eye a moonbow is almost pure white as the reflected light energy is not strong enough for the eye to discern the colors that are there. If you do happen to catch a moonbow that shows the colors you are experiencing one on a very clear and bright night. All the ones I have witnessed were white to the eye. The full circle one was viewed from an altitude of about 5000 feet above sea level on cloud tops at about the 2000 foot level.

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My tiny first born when he was put into my arms,  ( I know it needs to be said, and I just dare one of you.)

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Mine was witnessing a volcanic erruption, just happened to be travelling along a country road at the time, and pulled over to take a photo of the mountain as it was a great view. As i started taking pictures, this happenned ..

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dh8W_sGYAQlc&ved=0ahUKEwiTibqR3MTMAhULJMAKHeGUCEQQtwIIZzAO&usg=AFQjCNF0iBrsT0t69Ei00WW14ZgEEkb37A&sig2=rTaYa8lHgnwDYENx5Xy8Pg

 

I think i still have the photos somehwere, have moved about 6 times since then.

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