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Reply #1830 - Apr 4th, 2017 at 3:27am
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Congrats Lou! Over 1/2 MILLION views! You have set a record that will never be beat!
  

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Reply #1831 - Apr 4th, 2017 at 11:55am
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Lou, thank you for posting your great stories here!
  
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Reply #1832 - Apr 18th, 2017 at 5:52pm
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Tanya and all - It's been my pleasure.
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Reply #1833 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 6:08pm
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A number of years back, I was the captain on a TWA flight from New York to Cairo. I had flown this trip several times over the years. We also would fly New York to Tel Aviv. Both of these flights were some of the longest the 767-300ER would fly. The westbound flight was around 15 hours, so we were pretty tired by the time we would land.

This flight to Cairo from New York would takeoff from JFK around 2200 hours and arrive Cairo just about 4 P.M. local time. One of the hardest parts of the trip was that a few hours after takeoff the sun would rise and be in our face for all morning. Even after making landfall over Europe we still had many hours remaining in the trip.

So, here we are in descent over the eastern Mediterranean and cleared to 3,000 feet by approach control. The weather was absolutely beautiful. The sun was low in the west and the air as you can imagine, crystal clear. Then from approach control we receive one of the strangest messages I can remember. It seems the Egyptian air force was recalling a large group of aircraft after a drill. The controller asked if would be willing to take a small delay so that all the military planes could be recovered. They said it would be short, less than 15 minutes. I said we would be glad to help and asked where they would like us to hold. The controller said we could circle over our present position and maintain 2,000 feet.

I looked out the window and saw we were coming up on the extended center line to the Cairo airport, and right ahead were the Giza Pyramids. I told the controller we would hold present position and requested a few left turns and some right turns. Approved as requested!

I got on the PA and told the passengers I would turn off the seat belt sign for a few minutes and that they should get out their cameras for a rare sight. We made a few turns to the left and then maneuvered for a few turns to the right. We were light so we could fly pretty slow and I just selected flaps to 5 degrees and slowed to 180 knots. None of us in the cockpit had a camera as luck would have it, but the sight of the Giza plateau with Cairo so close and the magic light of the low sun in the west is something I will always remember.



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Reply #1834 - Aug 14th, 2017 at 8:33pm
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Hi Lou,

Interesting story, but would you have been allowed to use your camera as below 10000  ft there is the "sterile cockpit"? Smiley
  
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Reply #1835 - Aug 15th, 2017 at 3:07pm
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Sure, if you do not talk... Grin Shocked Roll Eyes

Since it was a long flight we had two full crews, so someone could have taken pictures.
  

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Reply #1836 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 6:55pm
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It's been a while since I posted. I've been busy with many projects.

Here's another story from the old days of flying.

Since the crews are expected to do more flying than the normal public, the custom rules are a bit different for the crew members in some countries. For instance flying into England the crew was subject to tighter customs inspection than most other countries. England was very strict with a very small allowance for cigarettes, no cigars and no alcohol. 

Sometime during the flight the Purser, or now called Service Manager, would hand out crew declaration forms that each crew member would fill out and the Purser would collect them prior to landing. We would leave the plane via the jet-way stairs with our luggage and board a bus ramp side to go to the hotel. Along the way the bus would stop at customs and the Purser would hand carry the crew declarations to the custom person. Most times the custom official would wave us on, but from time-to-time they would require the entire crew to clear customs. We would have to get off the bus, gather all our luggage and file into the customs hall. This was one of those times.

In earlier stories I mentioned a Captain named Bernie Dunn. We would say "flying's fun with Bernie Dunn." Now Bernie and all the rest of us were in the customs hall about to go through a check of our luggage. We would place our opened bags on a low, flat table and the custom inspector would review the crew declarations and ask each us some questions about what was in our bags. When he got to Bernie's bag he looked around in the bag a discovered a bottle with a clear liquid. He asked Bernie "what's in the bottle?" Bernie said "holy water." The inspector gave Bernie a long look and picked up the bottle and opened it to give it a sniff. The inspector said to Bernie "this is gin!" Bernie fell to his knees with his hands clasped... saying in a loud voice "Oh my God, it's a miracle, it's a miracle!" The custom inspector looked at him and the rest of us and said "get the hell out of here!" We scrambled back onto the bus and Bernie grinned like a Cheshire Cat all the way to the hotel.

Yup, flying's fun with Bernie Dunn!
  

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Reply #1837 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 8:41pm
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Great story!  Thanks.   Cheesy Cheesy
  




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Reply #1838 - Aug 15th, 2018 at 6:33pm
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Way back in the 60's American Airlines ran an ad campaign touting Captain Cliff Schmidt. He said he always would think of his passengers as eggs, "thin-shelled eggs." He talked about how he would change altitude to find smooth air or change his route to go around weather, "even if it means loosing some time."

We all thought the ad was pretty silly, since we all would do the same things to achieve a smooth ride.

Now in the past I think I wrote about how the 727 was a hard-landing plane with stiff gear and small highly swept wings. All of us from time-to-time would slam it on and make the flight engineer stand at the cockpit door to receive the wrath and teasing of the passengers.

One day on a busy rush hour at KLGA, there was a long line of planes waiting to takeoff. Here comes American Airlines in a 727 and slams it on! After the third bounce during the rollout someone picked up the mic and said...

"Is that you Captain Schmidt?"

The radio went wild!!!  Grin
  

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Reply #1839 - Aug 16th, 2018 at 1:23am
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Thanks Lou.

That's another great story from you, and it really made me laugh.   Grin Grin
  

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Reply #1840 - Oct 13th, 2018 at 12:05am
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That is hilarious!  Grin

Such advertisements can be such a double edged sword, not usually in favor for the crews of said ads...
  

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Reply #1841 - Oct 14th, 2018 at 7:44pm
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When I was a new flight engineer, back in the 60's, we had a few really funny captains that made flying fun. One such was a captain who could play the harmonica. He was very good and was known to the air traffic controllers as "Musical Walt." When the weather was good and traffic light instead of talking on the radio, he would use his harmonica to answer a hand-off from center to center. It would go like this - TWA 456, change to Cleveland center 134.8. Walt would answer with a quick musical tune. When he checked in with Cleveland center he would key the mic and just do a quick tune. The center response would be - TWA 456, radar contact FL350. Some trips we could go across the country and hardly ever speak. All the controllers would know of Walt and the centers would just inform the next center about musical TWA.

Walt also had a really small harmonica he would hide in his cheek. When one of the flight attendants would come to the cockpit Walt would tell the girl he had a war wound and could play the harmonica through his ear. No way said the F/A! Walt would then take the full size harmonica and place it to his ear and wrap his ear around it while using the mini harmonica stored in his cheek to play a tune. The result was really funny to see their face!  Cool
  

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Reply #1842 - Oct 14th, 2018 at 11:06pm
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HAHAHAHA!  Grin Grin Grin

Thanks for the really good laughs. You really have some wonderful, and often very funny, stories Lou. Keep them coming. Wink
  

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Reply #1843 - Oct 22nd, 2018 at 4:00am
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Glad to see this is still going, I don't get over here much anymore to check, but I still love the stories when I can catch up! Smiley
  

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Reply #1844 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 5:23pm
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