Flying definitely has its ups and downs. (Pun intended)
Landing on the 13,500 foot runway at the former Clinton-Sherman airport in western Oklahoma. It was used for B-52 training and then for C-141 cargo planes. I got to follow a C-141 on a 5 mile final. It was like a roller coaster without rails. The wake turbulence on Starlifter will toss a Cessna like a child's toy.
Taking off from Clinton-Sherman on the parallel runway at the same time as the aforementioned C-141 takes off on the main one. Most lopsided drag race in history!
Taxiing in a Cessna 152 between two F/A-18 Hornets at Fayetteville, AR.
Night flying. 'Nuff said.
And much, much more.
Artillery. Stay away from it. Seriously.
Air traffic controllers forgetting you are in their airspace and routing a Southwest 737 right over top of you. If you can see the faces of the passengers, you're too close!
Getting lost on your first solo flight away from the airport. GPS would have been nice back then.
I'll stop there. I could go on forever talking about flying. Someday I'll have the money to get current and get back in the air. Until then, I'll continue trying to sneak rides in the simulators at work.