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When men were men and DC-8s / 707s roamed the earth

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject: When men were men and DC-8s / 707s roamed the earth Reply with quote

The Age of the Boeing 707/DC8 That smoke is pounds of water injection the J-57s used for take off. (Go to the overrun and suck the gear up)

Those were the good ole days. Pilots back then were men that didn't want to be women or girly men. Pilots all knew who Jimmy Doolittle was. Pilots drank coffee, whiskey, smoked cigars and didn't wear digital watches. They carried their own suitcases and brain bags, like the real men they were. Pilots didn't bend over into the crash position multiple times each day in front of the passengers at security so that some previously-unemployed Gov't agent could probe for tweezers or fingernail clippers or too much toothpaste. Pilots did not go through the terminal impersonating a caddy pulling a bunch of golf clubs, computers, guitars, and feed bags full of tofu and granola on a sissy-trailer with no hat and granny glasses hanging on a pink string around their pencil neck while talking to their personal trainer on the cell phone!!!

Being an airline Captain was as good as being the King in a Mel Brooks movie. All the Stewardesses (aka. Flight Attendants) were young, attractive, single women that were proud to be combatants in the sexual revolution. They didn't have to turn sideways, grease up and suck it in to get through the cockpit door. They would blush, and say thank you, when told that they looked good, instead of filing a sexual harassment claim. Junior Stewardesses shared a room and talked about men.... with no thoughts of substitution. Passengers wore nice clothes and were polite; they could speak AND understand English. They didn't speak gibberish or listen to loud gangsta rap on their IPods. They bathed and didn't smell like a pile of garbage in a jogging suit and flip-flops. Children didn't travel alone, commuting between trailer parks. There were no Biggest Losers asking for a seatbelt extension or a Scotch and grapefruit juice cocktail with a twist.

If the Captain wanted to throw some offensive, ranting jerk off the airplane, it was done without any worries of a lawsuit or getting fired. Axial flow engines crackled with the sound of freedom and left an impressive black smoke trail like a locomotive burning soft coal. Jet fuel was cheap and once the throttles were pushed up they were left there. After all, it was the jet age and the idea was to go fast. "Economy cruise" was something in the performance book, but no one knew why or where it was. When the clacker went off, no one got all tight and scared because Douglas & Boeing built it out of iron. Nothing was going to fall off and that sound had the same effect on real pilots then, as Viagra does now for these new age guys. There was very little plastic and no composites on the airplanes (or the Stewardesses' pectoral regions). Airplanes and women had eye-pleasing symmetrical curves, not a bunch of ugly vortex generators, ventral fins, winglets, flow diverters, tattoos, rings in their nose, tongues and eyebrows.

Airlines were run by men like Eddie Rickenbacker, C.R. Smith, Juan Trippe, , Jack Frye, and Bob Six, William Patterson who had built their companies virtually from scratch, knew most of their employees by name, and were lifetime airline employees themselves.. ..not pseudo financiers and bean counters who flit from one occupation to another for a few bucks, a better parachute or a fancier title, while fervently believing that they are a class of beings unto themselves.

And so it was back then....and never will be again!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy I love it Bernd!!! Going to spread it around . . . . .
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed... funny, brilliantly composed and devastatingly accurate- thanks, Bernd Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy !!

P.S.: Bernd... check your PM's Very Happy .
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always carry a Cigar and pack of Smokes when on duty flying. Gotta have something for luck in case I have bail or kiss my rear goodbye lol I have the right to a last smoke. The Alcohol part well cant do that, I carry my own Briefcase and duffel. Dont need some green horn 1st officer or grease monkey to do my work. NOBODY TOUCH'S MY FLIGHT-SUIT or GEAR. Thats a Capitol offense!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bernd, sure brought back some great old memories.
Oh Yes !! another thing---- there was a time when flight crews when walking through the terminals actually spoke to waiting passengers. I once actually chatted with a Captain while we peeded in adjacent urinals in a major terminal north American city. Some how it made us fellow travellers and just humans after all. Nowadays it seems we are too busy 'texting ' to see those around us ----too bad.!!
Cheers, Carm.
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