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Oct 11, 2021 11:47:13   #
Kraken Loc: Barry's Bay
 
There is a rookie pilot and a co-pilot and they are coming in for a landing. The pilot says, "Damn that runway is small, give me 1/4 flaps."

As they get closer the pilot says, "Damn that's a small runway, give me 1/2 flaps."

As they're coming in closer the pilot again says, "Damn that's a small runway, give me FULL FLAPS!"

After they land the plane safely the pilot says, "That's the smallest runway I've ever landed on."

Then the co-pilot says, "Yes it is, but look at how wide it is."

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Oct 11, 2021 12:38:23   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
LOL!

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Oct 11, 2021 12:38:59   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
LOL! Wouldn’t want to fly with this guy.

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Oct 11, 2021 12:54:53   #
napabob Loc: Napa CA
 
Kraken wrote:
There is a rookie pilot and a co-pilot and they are coming in for a landing. The pilot says, "Damn that runway is small, give me 1/4 flaps."

As they get closer the pilot says, "Damn that's a small runway, give me 1/2 flaps."

As they're coming in closer the pilot again says, "Damn that's a small runway, give me FULL FLAPS!"

After they land the plane safely the pilot says, "That's the smallest runway I've ever landed on."

Then the co-pilot says, "Yes it is, but look at how wide it is."
There is a rookie pilot and a co-pilot and they ar... (show quote)


.....good thing they had the STOL system installed

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Oct 11, 2021 23:00:33   #
SteveR Loc: Dallas
 
I've watched the full series of Airplane Disasters on the Smithsonian Channel. As funny as this joke is, it's not that far from the truth!!

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Oct 12, 2021 07:31:44   #
Dannj
 
Great story😂😂

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Oct 12, 2021 07:36:20   #
Stephan G
 
Kraken wrote:
There is a rookie pilot and a co-pilot and they are coming in for a landing. The pilot says, "Damn that runway is small, give me 1/4 flaps."

As they get closer the pilot says, "Damn that's a small runway, give me 1/2 flaps."

As they're coming in closer the pilot again says, "Damn that's a small runway, give me FULL FLAPS!"

After they land the plane safely the pilot says, "That's the smallest runway I've ever landed on."

Then the co-pilot says, "Yes it is, but look at how wide it is."
There is a rookie pilot and a co-pilot and they ar... (show quote)


It happens.

https://apnews.com/article/5aeccae2e91abcd4247d53b1f7f28b9b

I saw that plane sitting off the runway the next day. When standing in the parking lot of a strip mall, one could see the plane in Daniel Field while seeing Bush Field on the horizon behind it.

They decided to move the plane by truck across the road to Bush Field because it was determined that the runway was too short at 4000 ft to get the 737 off the ground.

PS., Addendum to the above story. What was omitted is the huge puddle of sweat at each seat as both pilot and co-pilot stood on the brake pedals in the cockpit. In another story, we will talk about sky-hooks. (Piedmont era)

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Oct 12, 2021 08:31:57   #
alexol
 
People often talk about preferred characteristics of various professions, usually when talking about doctors' bedside manner.

For pilots, the usual image is supposed to be tall and good looking with a dazzling confident smile. Personally, I don't care why they look like, male or female, I always prefer to see a pilot with dry arm-pits.

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Oct 12, 2021 09:33:26   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 

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Oct 12, 2021 09:47:30   #
alberio Loc: Colorado
 
Alaskan bush pilots can relate.

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Oct 12, 2021 10:00:52   #
Stephan G
 
alexol wrote:
People often talk about preferred characteristics of various professions, usually when talking about doctors' bedside manner.

For pilots, the usual image is supposed to be tall and good looking with a dazzling confident smile. Personally, I don't care why they look like, male or female, I always prefer to see a pilot with dry arm-pits.


The ones I look for are the ones with the Glider Pilot wings. Those can fly a plane even with the engines gone.

Both pilots were glider rated in the following events:
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-02-25-mn-210-story.html
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/local/plane-crashes-in-hudson-river/1861307/

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Oct 12, 2021 10:37:28   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
When I was in DaNang in 68-69, we had a commercial pilot land a 707 size aircraft on the heliport one night by mistake because the runway lights were off on the DaNang airport during an attack. The heliport was much shorter than the main airport, and there is a mountain at each end. They stripped all the seats and excess weight out of the aircraft, hung the tail over the end of the runway and just the pilot and copilot took it off with full power and no noise abatement. Everyone turned out to watch, and they did, in fact, make it over the mountain at the end. My understanding is that the pilots were ultimately fired.

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Oct 12, 2021 10:52:43   #
junglejim1949 Loc: Sacramento,CA
 
Kraken wrote:
There is a rookie pilot and a co-pilot and they are coming in for a landing. The pilot says, "Damn that runway is small, give me 1/4 flaps."

As they get closer the pilot says, "Damn that's a small runway, give me 1/2 flaps."

As they're coming in closer the pilot again says, "Damn that's a small runway, give me FULL FLAPS!"

After they land the plane safely the pilot says, "That's the smallest runway I've ever landed on."

Then the co-pilot says, "Yes it is, but look at how wide it is."
There is a rookie pilot and a co-pilot and they ar... (show quote)



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Oct 12, 2021 13:00:33   #
wrangler5 Loc: Missouri
 
I learned to fly at a USAF Aero Club on a SAC base, starting in a Cessna 152. A B52 runway was 300x12,000 feet or so (IIRC), and they said that with an adequate crosswind component, a good pilot could land a 152 across the runway.

Nobody ever tried it there, as the AF is fussy about how their runways are used - our club parking area was at the departure end of the runway, and we were required to taxi our little Cessnas the full 2+ miles to the arrival end before taking off, as they would not allow midfield departures for any aircraft under any circumstances. The tower would sometimes ask us to land long so we could get off the active and into our parking area sooner, especially if there was an SR-71 inbound behind us.

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Oct 12, 2021 16:02:55   #
Jolly Roger Loc: Dorset. UK
 
Groan !!!

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