As I enjoy the cooler weather of "fall" in Tucson, Arizona, I have to comment on how nice it is to be taking a group on a wine tasting tour of Sonoita/Elgin.. While I obviously do not sample the wines while driving people from vineyard to vineyard, I have tasted almost all of them at one time or another and each winery has their own unique niche or touch. It is almost impossible to visit every one of them in one day and truly get a taste and feel of what each has to offer, but that lends to return trips and another enjoyable day in the high desert of Arizona. Today, it was sunny, but not hot, with a few clouds building on the horizon, My group is happy, comfortable and content, and can enjoy some of the wine and cheese they purchased along the way home. Life is good.
September 11, 2001, started out a normal day. I was getting ready to go fly with the Wing Commander. I stepped out of the mission planning vault and everyone was gathered around the Ops desk watching the TV. One of the towers was on fire and we were listening to the reporter babble on about an airplane navigation error. Right at that moment, another airplane banked hard and slammed into the other tower. I remember the reactions of everyone in the room. The Wing Commander looked at me and simply said "We're not flying today".
The base was locked down and the next thing I remember was sitting in a fully armed jet with the engines running, ready to "intercept" anything that flew. The skies were completely devoid of any air traffic. it was eerie to say the least.
It was a time that shook the nation and changed the world.
Looking back, that day changed my life forever.
I will NEVER forget.
William Lake-Wright is Co-Owner of Wright Business Investments, LLC and the Chief Operations Officer of Wright Executive Limousines. William is a former military pilot and a combat veteran. He is actively involved in the community as a Scoutmaster and Lead Advisor for the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, Local First Arizona, and Arizona Limousine Association.