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Portrait of Xavier


Xavier was an aircraft fueling technician who worked at the Mojave air and Spaceport in Mojave, California, USA. He had worked there for 20 years. Although he worked and lived in Mojave , he was originally from Los Angeles, California.

Xavier’s job was to fuel aircraft of all sizes from Cessna and Pipers to 747’s and 777’s. He fueled aircraft with single prop engines and with after-burning turbofan engines. But most exciting, is that he got to fuel spacecrafts such as SpaceShip One and XCor suborbital vehicles.

Image Creditssub: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2016 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

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Ode To an Airplane Graveyard


Rainbow Over Discarded Aircraft

Ode To an Airplane Graveyard

Ode to tired obsolescent equipment,
a rumpled mirage, past the horizon,
no more heavy boxes packed for shipment
engineering that cannot enliven,
but for glowing rainbows that fade away
awaiting to chase the hawks – full throttle
in the dead heat of the wind, a display
of showers that can never be gentle,
as no one peeks through the jet’s window seat
fixated on a dazzling illusion,
of rough plant-life breaking through the concrete
for a trip that reached final conclusion.

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Picture Credit:   Bat-Ami Gordin  © 2002 all rights reserved, credit if you use it, please.