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PostSubject: Re: Funniest/Scariest moments in your life?   Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:52 pm

Your little tale of the Dan Air Dekota reminded me of a similar thing when I was travelling down to Heathrow from Leeds/Bradford one day.
Our company Head Office was in Slough and so it was possible to go to a meeting and return in the same day.
In those days Leeds/Bradford airport was little more than a couple of nissen huts and the planes came to the nissen huts for the passenger to climb onto  them. The planes were not pressurised because they did not go very high, but they went high enough for many people to suffer from ear pains due to this.
On the day I am referring to we were led out to the plane by the pilot...who just happened to be a small smartly attired woman who looked to be in her late 40s. It was quite a windy day and I hoped and prayed that she had had porridge for breakfast.
We took off quite nicely and seemed to make forward progress (albeit not very fast). The plane was flying forwards but was facing about 20 degrees left and I was sitting on a seat at the right hand side of the fuselage. As we approached Heathrow, and the runway, the plane was still at the same angle and I started to wonder if my heavenly star card was up to date.
Our pilot continued to let it fly pointing in this funny 20 degree angle but managed to make it fly along the centre of the runway until she decided it was time to put the wheels on the floor.
At this time there was an tremendous frightening roaring noise as the right hand engines were given the the word and they altered the angle of the flight just enough to pop the wheels down running along the runway in the normal direction and we stopped somewhere out in the airfield .
We were taken from the plane to the checkout by bus!
I believe there was a hand out of clean underwear but I never saw it.
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PostSubject: Re: Funniest/Scariest moments in your life?   Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:39 pm

when I was working here in the Kimberley I often traveled by small [6 seater] and larger 60 seater planes around the territory - 4 X drive would take too long for quick meetings or emergency work.

I once took a day trip paid for by her indoors for my birthday on a 5 seater cessna up to the horizontal falls and back. I arrived promptly at the small airfield next to the big international one and handed in my ticket and was told to walk to that plane other there with the young lady standing by in uniform. I greeted this slim attractive young lady of 21 [she told me later] "good morning" says I " where is the pilot?" " Good morning Sir" says she " I am the pilot" - I am sure she was used to  the looks of surprise from passengers. We had a beautiful flight all with our head gear on so that we could listen to commands and communicate. we only had one landing that day at a seaside resort at the top end and as we approached the tree covered terrain I was anxiously peering out looking for the runway - suddenly the trees parted and there it was - a sand runway and she made a perfect landing. We parked for scones, jam and cream and drinks [non-alcoholic] and I chatted to the pilot. She told me she had been flying light aircraft on her fathers farm over east since the age of 12 and was now of course a fully qualified and I can confirm competent pilot. On our way home as we hugged the coast line and the sun was beginning to set we were suddenly overtaken by a smart larger plane, probably 10 seater or thereabouts transporting miners on leave - jet propelled it soon left us behind with waves from both sides.
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PostSubject: Re: Funniest/Scariest moments in your life?   Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:34 pm

Flying back from Borneo in the sixties, after my three year stint of Jungle Warfare with President Sukarno's boys, we had taken off from Kuala Lumpur. In those day's very few Jet Airliners around. We were onboard a four engined propeller type plane which was owned by British Overseas Airways Corporation, BOAC. Grief, sounds like a lifetime away. Anyway we had managed to get to Columbo in Ceylon, as it was known in those day's. We put down for a two hour stop over for a meal, re-fuel and so on. When we took off, we had been air-bourn for about thirty minutes when the Captain made an announcement that he had to close down the inner port engine due to loss of oil pressure and we would be heading back to Columbo. Whilst on the ground I had noticed a rather strong wind from the South, and as the runway lay West to East I thought to myself this is going to be a bit hairy. The plane already had a bit of yaw on it as there where two engines on the Starboard side and one on the port side. Enough said. We approached the runway from the west after he had done a fly around and couldn't help but notice the yaw had increased. I suspect the wind was pushing on the tail-plane. Eventually we did land but it was one one of those landings that when the wheels touched down you were thrown sideways in your seat as the plane straightened up. No clean underwear was available as I recall.

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PostSubject: Re: Funniest/Scariest moments in your life?   Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:50 am

another scary plane trip started with me and my boss driving for 5 hrs to get to a small bush town for meetings etc - unfortunately is was in the wet [cyclone] season and we couldn't drive back because of flooding.

SO - we booked on the next available 13 seater cessna back home. we arrived at the deserted airport having crawled through a fence to get in and then had our luggage and selves weighed by the pilot on a bathroom scales. eventually we boarded and took off - within minutes my boss tapped me on the shoulder and said " what's that gas coming out of the right wing?" I tapped the pilot on the shoulder as I was immediately behind and pointed it out " oh dear he said" that's all but circled and landed again.he did explain that it was leaking from the wing where it was stored. He rang base for advice then filled the tank in the wing and we took off again rather late now.

by this time everyone on board was alert and sure enough someone spotted fuel gassing out of the left wing this time. this was pointed out to the pilot who let rip with a superlative "Oh *****" circled around and landed again. this time he knew his error and refilled and we took off again. eventually all went well and it was a 2 hr trip back. I nodded off to sleep and suddenly heard a great banging and thought the engine was cracking up. I awoke and said :what the ***** is going on?" my boss assured me that the man in front of me had been having a violent coughing fit!

on board was a little catholic nun who had said nothing- we stopped halfway to pick up more passengers and got out to stretch our legs - she walked alongside me and asked " do you think he knows how to fly a plane?" YES i said I think he's a good pilot but doesn't know how to put petrol caps back on. the caps had very long threads which had to fit into a hole in the bottom of the wing which allowed the cap to be tightened correctly. when he called base they told him how to do it. turned out he didn't fly regularly and was a pilot trainer but there had been a shortage of staff and he had to fill in. FILL being the operative word.

Nothing really unusual about this tale - they happen all the time up at the top end and provide many hours of story telling around a camp fire!
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PostSubject: Re: Funniest/Scariest moments in your life?   Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:47 pm

Where you flying Quaintarse?

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PostSubject: Re: Funniest/Scariest moments in your life?   Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:43 pm

no flatbottomed I think!
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PostSubject: Re: Funniest/Scariest moments in your life?   Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:58 pm

davo wrote:
no flatbottomed I think!

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