Enough to make you weep?
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Air Force B-1B damaged. SOUTHWEST ASIA – A US Air Force B-1B Lancer was heavily damaged during a landing at a forward operating location yesterday. The aircraft, with its crew of four, slid 7,500ft [2,290m] before coming to rest on the runway with its landing gear in the retracted position. All four crew members egressed the aircraft safely. The B-1B is forward deployed from Dyess AFB, Texas. The accident is under investigation.”
I bet it is. It is also painfully reminiscent of “that” part from the film Battle of Britain:
Pilot watching Spitfire from ground: “One of your elite. Trying to land without wheels.”
One for the road
Nephew Fabio Schulthess has spotted this interesting departure from Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss airport : “GIVMI 2W”. Or, as requested by the crews: “Give me two whisky.” Meanwhile, overheard while flying along the US East Coast:
Way down under
(More waypoint humour, but why not?) Nephew Paul Robson suggests that close inspection of the low-level airways charts of New Zealand will reveal, towards the north coast of South Island the waypoint “BOLOX”. “Someone at Airways NZ clearly has a sense of humour,” he says. And from nephew Sepp Moser, who says a fix north of Zurich, over which “unlucky fellows have to hold for a good part of eternity”, is called RILAX.
It’s always good to know the nephews and nieces are out there to ensure we at Budgie News do not get carried away a bit with ourselves. Nephew David Leatherdale, for example, writes to say: “I presume that airframer is the trendy term for an aircraft manufacturer. Does it follow that trainers make trains, shippers make ships and carers make cars?”
Thanks for the note: I’ll make sure it is included in the agenda for the next anti-jargonalisational steering group process meeting.
The price is right (sort of)
Budgie News: “What is your list price for the Mega Freighter?”
Megaplanes: “It’s on the website, but to be honest I never look at it because we don’t ever get it!”
Yuck speak (series of 1,000,000)
Source: Flight International