Lots of great stories here!! I spent the better part of the early 90s/2k working at Lockheed and NASA Ames, which is next to Moffett Air Field where they trained U2 spy plane & blackhawk pilots. Several mornings each week at 6am you could watch the U2 planes take off at about a 60 degree angle, afterburners shaking the ground, and rocket into the stratosphere until you lost sight of them. I had a special spot outside my building's roof access where I'd sip my coffee and watch the 2 min show. Never got boring.