The sound produced after incoming planes landed reminded me of Stephen King’s movie The Langoliers. I’m not sure what the exact scientific explanation is for this phenomena, but it sounds much like wind rattling through paper. There’s this place where you can go next to the airport to watch the planes come in. It’s a big open field surrounded by a forest in the near distance. If you’ve seen the movie than you know what I’m talking about, if you haven’t, it’s not a big deal, just go rent it. Each time I heard it I looked up to the sky expecting to see something, but there is nothing there. It only happens after a jumbo jet has landed or a plane of equal volume. The sound comes in a wave traveling through the invisible air, gaining strength the closer it gets. Sometimes whirlwinds of dirt also form, which is also a fascinating phenomenon to me. I’ve sat out there for hours before, just sitting on the hood of my car watching the lights in the distance get closer, waiting for the arrival of the langoliers.
July 8, 2000