Blue skies, Bob.
A fighter pilot in WWII, a pioneer in the flight test world at a time when that was an extraordinarily dangerous profession, Bob Hoover was one of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation. In the world of great pilots, Hoover was arguably second only to Chuck Yeager.
Blaine Harden, author of Escape From Camp 14, has written a new book, The Great Leader And The Fighter Pilot, which chronicles the rise of Kim Il-Sung, key milestones in the Korean War, and the life of No Kum-Sok (Kenneth Rowe), who would defect to the United States by flying a MiG-15 into Kimpo Air Base in South Korea on 21 September 1953.
In 1996, No and Embry-Riddle humanities professor Roger Osterholm co-wrote A MiG-15 to Freedom.
Both are absolutely fascinating reads.
No Kum-Sok, also known as Kenneth Rowe, was ER’s father. I didn’t realize that he had written a book about his defection from North Korea.
Trouble is, he left the microphone on.
That reminds me of a story–not sure if it’s true, but heregoes…
A pilot, shortly after takeoff, left the intercom on, offered the following commentary to his co-pilot: “I could sure use a good blowjob and a cup of coffee right now!”
One of the flight attendants, realizing that the intercom was still on, rushed to the cockpit to alert the pilot about his faux pas.
A passenger chimed in: “Don’t forget the coffee!”
This was too funny to pass up.
40 years ago yesterday, the Apollo 13 began with a launch. This was supposed to be a moon mission, but that did not happen.
In fact, this nearly became a tragedy in the same line as Apollo 1. Except this time, the astronauts–and the ground crew–teamed up for a real-life episode of MacGyver, times ten.
MSNBC reports here.
Well, not really. If this were Hollywood, it would be entertaining. Unfortunately, given that the incident may have emanated from a lax attitude toward professionalism, it is likely indicative of the need for fundamental change in the system.
One of the reasons I admire President Reagan was his willingness to fire the air traffic controllers, who went on strike even though they had agreed contractually not to do so.
This time, it is likely that some heads need to roll at the FAA.
A civilian, riding shotgun in a military craft, accidentally pulled the ejection handle.
The crew of Northwest Airlines Flight 188, which overshot their destination by 150 miles–and attracted the attention of the White House–first said they were arguing over airline policy. Now, the NTSB is saying that they were using their laptops.
Whatever they were preoccupied with, it was enough for them to fail to notice the air traffic controllers who were contacting them, and serious enough that they failed to notice the fighter jet that was trailing them.
Gee…I wonder what had them so distracted…