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Make Sure Your Co-Pilot Has A License

by John M. White |

In an interesting case of foolishness a veteran pilot made the best of a stupid mistake, which reminds one of the old adage that "The flight isn't over until your are in your car driving home." In May of this year a retired RAF pilot was tasked with taxiing a cold war British Victor bomber down a runway to provide a photo op for the fans gathered there. His co-pilot (unlicensed, I might add) was an engineer who worked on the aircraft got confused with the pilot's instructions and applied full power during this taxi run. Well guess what? The aircraft took off, swerved to the left, climbed to about 150 feet, whereafter the retired RAF pilot put the aircraft back on the ground on the grass until he could get it stopped. Considering he had not flown the aircraft since the early 80's one can forgive him if he was a little rusty at the controls. Get A Pilot's License First! All's well that ends well, and the Victor is safely back in it's hangar and the erstwhile crew has been forgiven by the appropriate British aviation regulator types. The moral of the story? If you want to fly airplanes, get a license and keep it current! Stay out of aircraft you are not qualified to fly. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Flying is hours of boredom, punctuated by moments of stark terror. Fly it until the last piece stops moving.

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