Airplane Hangars

Airplane Hangars | Colfax, WA | June 2019

Men push small planes from tight hangars. Wings bounce as if too flimsy to fly. The guys check struts, tires, cowlings and fuel tanks, then squeeze into cockpits and crank the engines. Loud, even from 100 yards away. On takeoff, each plane divulges its pilot’s disposition — smooth and confident, fluttery and unsure. One at a time, the aircraft rise, bank sharply and head north, fading, to join the airborne elite of birds, clouds and wisps of smoke.