An air traffic controller’s day must be filled with responsibility and stress that few can imagine. The view from up above must be some small compensation. And that’s what Captain Vector offers from his perch at LAX in his View from the Tower blog. He sees them come and go and has keenly observed, wry insights on what it takes to keep the pieces moving on a sprawling chessboard that is almost always under construction. Equally interesting is his knowledge of aircraft and airline history and how they reveal themselves in the subtle details the rest of us take for granted. He and SpeedbirdHD have the LAX scene covered from on high and on the ground.