Aviation Humor

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KG4KWW, Jun 9, 2004.

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  1. K4KWH

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    Glen,

    I musta been "taildragging" before I flew a 150-not that I had learned in a taildragger--because I have "mushed" in most of the time.  I was taught by an old 1940's Stearman guy with multi-thousands of hours. It was drilled into me to never, never, never let the nose gear   touch first (well, it's obvious why, right?).

    As most pilots know, if your engine quits on takeoff, you must land straight ahead. There is no way you're going to turn around and make it back to the airport unless you
    are above 800 feet AGL (I don't know about the exact
    height--I never "tried" it , LOL! ).  Anyway, one day my instructor was breaking in a new engine on his own 150.
    After many run-ups and a few fast taxi trips just above the ground, he decided to go around the field. Off he went when at about 400 feet AGL, the engine quit without warning--it just cut off!!!  After preaching to us over and over--don't try to go back, don't try to go back--
    what did he do? He tried to turn around because there was a lake  dead ahead.  He turned left, and the airplane stalled.  He jerked on full flaps, and frantically looked for a place that might allow him to land.  There was a golf course fairway at a steep angle to his left. He decided to try for the golf course.  Luke dumped his flaps to prevent overshooting his "runway", and to allow
    enough "sink" rate.  While performing this delicate balancing act between stall and still approaching the fairway, he noticed to his horror, a lady calmly driving along in a golf cart.  Sometime in these few seconds, he
    had added flaps again (manual) .  Witnesses said that
    Luke came thru two 'sets' of trees, first one pair, then the other almost knife-edged.  Seeing the lady was right where he judged touchdown to be. He dumped flaps again at about 50 feet hoping not to hit her.  The airplane sank suddenly to the ground with a bang.  [​IMG] !
    Luke said that he saw the main gear come almost to the window, and the 150 sprang back into the air, leapfrogging over the golf cart.  When he stopped, the first thing on his mind was to see if the lady was hurt 'cuz he didn't know what actually happened .  In spite of the fact that the fairway was clear except for that smattering of trees, the golf cart and the lady were NOWHERE to be found!! [​IMG] . She hauled buggy the heck outta Dodge!! Somehow, Luke had pulled off this landing, somewhat ruffled but alive.  This happened in 1971.  The only way to get the plane back to the airport was either to take it apart, or haul it back--both expensive operations.  He got permission to taxi the plane on the local roads (it was just about 4 miles), and the newspaper proudly ran a huge photo titled, "Par For the Course?", and Luke sheepishly taxied back under
    police escort (doubt you'd get that kind of help these days.  Boy, did he ever get a good-natured ribbing for all of us wanna pilots! Actually, he was admired before, and this only enhanced his reputation as a pilot AND instructor.  We'd say, There's old "go back Luke" [​IMG]. Or,
    "FOOOOOOORRE"!  He'd grin, puff on his ever-present  pipe, and say, "Aw, shut up". [​IMG]

    73
     
  2. KA5S

    KA5S Ham Member QRZ Page

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (kd5wpw @ June 10 2004,12:07)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Gripe:

    &quot;I.F.F. (Identifacation Friend or Foe) does not work.&quot;

    Corrective Action:

    &quot;I.F.F. does not work in O.F.F. stage.&quot;[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>
    A write-up I signed off on almost 40 years ago:

    Entry: &quot;ADF does not transmit.&quot; Me: &quot;Normal operation.&quot;
     
  3. KA5S

    KA5S Ham Member QRZ Page

    One CLASSIC I didn't see in this thread that my Dad -- who qualified as a pilot, and trained and served as a long-distance navigator during WW2 -- used to say:

    &quot;There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.&quot;

    Cortland
     
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