CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1996 |
The low rumble of a Boeing 747 tickles Paul Subbie's eardrums as the 232-foot-long jet eases its mammoth body onto the south runway of Los Angeles International Airport. The plane, accelerating for takeoff, lopes along the concrete runway like an Olympic pole vaulter preparing for a giant hurdle. It hoists its heavy body into the air, climbing westward over the steely gray ocean and into the bright blue sky.