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Old 01-20-2004, 13:57   #1
Santa CruZin
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Overcoming the cockpit Alpha Dog

When I was 18, I went up with the dad of my girlfriend. This guy was a TWA 747 captain, and had flown just about everything with wings. He was also arrogant as hell.

We were flying one of his little projects, a '57 Piper Tri Pacer. The cockpit was a wreck of wiring, half-installed instruments, radios on the floor, the whole bit. You had to put your feet *up* on the rudder pedals, to keep your heels from dragging wires around.

So there we were, tooling around a high altitude lake, when I noticed the right tank was quite low. I suggested we switch to the left tank, and got a terse "We ARE on the left tank" in response. Keep in mind this guy was the dad of the teenage girl I was sleeping with, and he was three of me in size, easy.

I checked the selector again, thought about it, thought this rude SOB wasn't worth a water landing, much less in this old heap, and so I said it again. He shot back, "I SAID WE ARE... wait a sec... well, I'll be damned... That's one 'atta boy' for you." And that was the end of it.

No wonder TWA stood for "Try Walking Across." ;Q
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Old 01-20-2004, 15:04   #2
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I know how you feel. Try being an instrument-rated seventeen year old with a non-rated P-3 Crew Chief in the right seat. I didn't know much at the time, but he was telling me to do stuff that wasn't protocol/correct. I greatly admire the military and those in it, but a minority of those I've interacted with have superiority complexes (justifiably so in some cases!). This guy's expertise in P-3 systems somehow made him think that he knew how to fly in IMC.

Luckily, my instructor, who was in the back seat (this flight was RIGHT after I passed my IR ride), was an A-6 nav and told him to shut up.

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