I don’t suppose I’m breaking any news here when I tell you that people who fly for a living are cool.
I first learned this 30 years ago as an operations specialist in the Navy. One of our jobs was to hunt submarines with the help of helicopters. I can still see the air crews strutting across the fantail in those brown leather jackets. The ones I worked with were funny and friendly and rarely seemed to get weighed down by the rigmarole of military life. The only thing they cared about was their job, and flying.
In this, our Summer 2017 issue, we will introduce you to another set of impressive air crews, the team of the Nightingale, Sentara Healthcare’s air ambulance. For 35 years Sentara has used helicopter teams to save precious time and deliver more-advanced care when lives were at risk. They fly to gridlocked highways and isolated islands, anywhere a normal ambulance would take too long. They are angels from above.
Inside you’ll also find stories on the cutest therapists in Tidewater, the secret stars of the Harrison Opera House and one of the newest hot spots in Newport News. We will introduce you to Indulge, a feature that highlights luxury items with luxury price tags. And you’ll visit the small town of Cape Charles, view a nationally renowned collection of oyster plates on the Northern Neck and sit down with Barbara Hamm Lee, executive producer and host of public radio’s Another View. And believe me, you don’t want to miss our spectacular summer fashion spread; this year floral prints are in bloom.
But I’d wager you will have a hard time forgetting our piece on the air crew. We are all aware that one day we may need help, and knowing that such capable people are out there – and can swoop in and save us – is comforting.
It’s also pretty cool.
Thanks for reading. And please, let us know how we’re doing.