After a British Airways 747 had all 4 engines disabled, the pilot announced it by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.”.
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A Russian pilot went against regulations and allowed his 16-year-old son to sit at the controls of the plane. His son accidentally disabled the autopilot, the plane then crashed and killed all 75 people on board.
English is “the universal language of the skies”. All pilots must learn and use English, regardless of their country of origin.
During WWII, a Japanese kamikaze pilot hit the USS Missouri, and his body landed on deck. Though an unpopular decision, the captain demanded a proper burial for the Japanese soldier. He explained to his crew that after death he was no longer their enemy, and the crew hand-stitched a Japanese flag.
Teddy Roosevelt’s son fought in WWI as a pilot. He was killed in a dogfight and his plane crashed behind enemy lines. The Germans gave him a full military burial with honors. Reportedly, they admired that a president’s son chose to fight.
Russian fighter pilot Alexey Maresyev’s plane was shot down by the Germans in 1942 and he crash landed in enemy territory. Both his legs were severely mangled, but he managed to get himself to friendly turf after crawling for 18 days in snow. His legs had to be amputated below the knee. He got himself on crutches and prosthetics and within a year danced in front of a judge to prove he was battle ready. He then went on to fly 86 combat missions and took out 11 enemy warplanes.
A French convict used oranges painted like grenades to escape prison via a helicopter piloted by his wife who took flight lessons solely for the escape.
In 1958, two pilots flew an aircraft for more than two months without landing, refueling by matching speed with a truck driving down a road. Their record has not been broken.
The Cessna 172 flown by Robert Timm and John Cook to set the record for the world’s longest airplane flight (64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes and 5 seconds), now hanging in McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Morgan Freeman turned down a drama scholarship because he dreamed of being an Air Force fighter pilot. He spent four years as a tracking radar repairman. At age 65, he finally earned his private pilot license. source
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Pilots and co-pilots usually eat different meals in case one causes food poisoning.