If a lifetime can be likened to a day, then this is Happy Hour!
all the self preservation skills of lemmings.Had a friend who delivered a frigate to Turkey with its new Turkish crew. As they went constant bearing decreasing range with a tanker, the turkish bridge crew all said, 'inshalla, that other ship will change course.' They didn't do anything to avoid a collision. inshalla.I don't know why I have that image on the raft of Catch 22, as the plane flies over, in my head.
I would have tried to throw my hot dog into the intake for a reheat and then back in my plate :-)
The guy in gray bends his knees but keeps on filming. Wonder why we don't see his footage of the low landing somewhere on the net? My theory is that he put his phone in his pocket later not knowing that it was all wet in there and the phone was damaged beyond repair. :-)
Yep, he drug that one in...
It would have been interesting to see where the runway was, but I'm in agreement with OldNFO drug in. That having been said, why anyone stands on the approach end of a runway is beyond me. Only one good thing happens there (nothing happens) and the rest go from bad to catastrophic typically at about 150 knots.
I would guess these folks were of the same ilk as the folks around here who take the trouble to go into the air show, but instead find themselves a spot just outside the airport.
@ Curt: Interesting story about the Turks. I know quite a bit about inshallah, what with living in Turkey for over three years of my life. It ain't just frigate crews that work like that; so do truck/bus/taxi drivers and every civilian with a car. Some of the absolute scariest road trips I EVER took were in Turkey.@ Arms: You'd have had hot dog pâté on your plate if you'd a done that. ;-)@ Dan: There are a couple of new clips of this out, mebbe one of them is the guy's you're talking about.@ Glenn: And scary.@ Jim: Heh.@ juvat: I'm guessing the runway was about 100 yards or less from the crowd in the vid. I base that on viewing other clips of the incident that actually show the plane touching down. As for standing on the approach end... you're oh-so-correct.@ Skip: Those people about which you speak are just weird.
Well, a drug-in landing works fine--as long as your engine doesn't quit at just the right moment, lol..
Buck, I'm with you all the way about the Turks. The last year & 1/2 in the UK our Wing picked up the Incirlik nuclear alert rotation when the 401st at Torrejon stood down to re-equip from F-100s to F-16s and each squadron would spend every third month there (2 flights per 2wks at a time) sitting alert, while those not on alert (one flt) flew low-levels or practiced ACT, then sat the 2nd week. BTW, when I first toured Adana "out on the town" I thought I recognized something familiar, then it dawned on me: all 3rd world small rural towns smell the same--Mexico, Vietnam, you name it--they all reek of urine" LOL!
Small towns in the Third World may all smell the same, but the cities don't. My experience was that the major cities had unique "aromas"... in Beijing it was smog/coal smoke, Tokyo had an interesting mix of cooking smells and smog, Paris smelled like garlic, and London just smelled OLD, to me. Moscow was unique, too, but I can't quite put my finger on the "aroma"... mebbe coz I had too much vodka.
Riyadh smells just like Las Vegas! Hot Concrete !
@ Aromas: I'm thinkin' a LOT of new-ish cities in that part of the world smell like hot concrete.
PPS: But the Turks are tough as nails--mainly because so many live in such harsh conditions I guess. During the Korean War Turk POWS were the only ones the NORKS/Chicoms couldn't break either physically or mentally. And unlike their NATO counterparts, when we gave them ADMS (Atomic Demolition Mines) they actually went right out, planted and activated them along their Russian border. Talk about no-nonsense tough-mindedness, lol!
I agree, in spades. The Turkish garrison was just across the wire and less than 100 yards from my dorm window in Sinop; the Turks had a morning formation every day in front of the barracks. I can't EVEN begin to count the number of times I saw an NCO beat some poor askeri into the dirt for some infraction or another, and I mean they beat the HELL outta those poor SOBs. You gotta be tough to be in the Turkish army.
Funny TRUE story about Turkey, Buck. One of my friends in the squadron had put in for a 30-day assignment as a range officer in Germany during the winter. This meant because of the wx and the fact it wasn't even light before 0900 and it became dark at 1600 so most work days were short and half were canx anway due to wx so one could go back to sleep or begin drinking--like a paid vacation. HOWEVER....instead they gave him orders to be a gnd FAC with the Turkish Army, which meant living in pup-tents on a mountainside in the middle of a Turkish winter and eating Turkish grub. NOT a thing to contemplate with joy. Well he gets on the horn to Wing personnel and after about half an hour of shouting/pleading he gets the orders canx, but doesn't get his Germany assignment reinstated. MORE complaining, but the airman on the other end of the phone says (according to Tom) "What's the gripe, we gave you a good deal by canceling the Turkish thing, didn't we?" Tom then puts the Squadron CP phone down and says to me: "Well, I see the AF has now changed the definition of a 'good deal.' Instead of it being an unalloyed good the new definition seems to be: 'First we give ya a bad deal, then cancel it and call THAT a good deal.' " LOL!!!
That's an amusing twist... from the bureaucratic standpoint... on "good deal."
Just be polite... that's all I ask.