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332698.  Thu May 08, 2008 9:15 am Reply with quote

Brilliant article here about how to land a plane if the pilot collapses. Not useful for us, I should think, but fascinating nonetheless.


Actually, maybe this is good annual material.

332733.  Thu May 08, 2008 10:08 am Reply with quote

There was book that was a big hit about 5 years ago, about how to deal with various kinds of crisis, of which this was one. Don't remember what it was called.

332753.  Thu May 08, 2008 10:52 am Reply with quote

Was it called "Oh Fuck The Pilot's Dead (and Other Games for Boys)"?

332776.  Thu May 08, 2008 11:28 am Reply with quote

A friend who was being flown with his family in a small plane in Africa was sitting up front in the co-pilot seat when he noticed that the pilot had passed out. He gingerly took hold of the steering column and, not wanting to alarm his young children, quietly drew his wife's attention to the state of the pilot. She reacted by pulling a bottle of water from her handbag and emptying it over the pilot (which luckily had the desired effect). Her daughter who was sitting next to here and had little idea of what was going on, just said "Oh mummy, you're so embarrassing!". I imagine that this was the right thing to do as I imagine that the ensuing laughter did a lot to defuse the situation.

333275.  Fri May 09, 2008 7:55 am Reply with quote

The secret US Air Force test range near Groom Lake, Nevada is no longer called "Area 51". Apparantly it's now called "homey airport".


349053.  Sat May 31, 2008 9:45 am Reply with quote

Wiki article on "lawnchair larry", a guy who attached helium balloons to a patio chair and flew over LA in 1982.

He intended to fly around 100 feet in the air, but ended up at an altitude of 16,000 feet. He shot some balloons to descend, but landed on a power line causing a 20 minute blackout.

He was immediately arrested by waiting members of the Long Beach Police Department; when asked by a reporter why he had done it, Walters replied, "A man can't just sit around."

349063.  Sat May 31, 2008 10:02 am Reply with quote

Jimmy Carr used that in one of the QI Quickies - according to Wiki, the one which went with the Engineering show - although he didn't get the story quite right.

We were duly taken to task over the matter in post 285046.

349066.  Sat May 31, 2008 10:08 am Reply with quote

Pay attention at the back there, Egg.

350316.  Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:35 am Reply with quote

Over 100 homeless people live at Heathrow - according to the *ahem* Daily Mail. They disguise themselves as weary passengers waiting for a delayed flight by carrying an item of luggage around.

Trust me, it's there, you don't need to sully your internet history by visitin the Daily Mail website.

439894.  Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:20 am Reply with quote

Further to the Flash's fact about penguins "flying" through the water - it turns out that the way they swim is more like the way that insects fly.

[Researchers] found that by slightly corkscrewing their flapping wings, penguins achieve a 20 percent increase in thrust, or push forward. This is because more surface area of the wing is being used to generate force. [...] using the same dynamic principles as fruit flies and other winged insects use in the air,"


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