The Queen lumbers slowly towards the beginning of the runway, checklists complete, ready to go. She's flown tens of thousands of hours, battled countless of storms and seen most of the world since the day she rolled out of Everett's cavernous hangar doors. Dents and scars on her fuselage are a visible testimony of all of of those adventures above and more.
Far in the background loom the Chugach mountains of Alaska. Rugged, rough and terribly unforgiving. A vivid visualisation of one of the challenges pilots face when venturing into the realms above, yet strikingly fitting in contrast with the machine in front. Machine versus nature, elegance versus unforgiving elements. So far, no pilot has ever won a duel with a Cumulus Granitus and I'm sure as heck not planning on challenging those statistics.
Full climb thrust, early right turn and off we go.