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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Oh Snap!

So I was taking a trip down memory lane tonight and reading some funny pilot stories. I found one that I thought was pretty hilarious so I will share it with you. I would imagine that this will probably only be funny to the handful of pilot buddies who read this blog, but I have a few beers in me so I am going to share it anyway. Just to set it up a little bit, when you fly into a big airport that you have never been to before, it can be difficult to find your way around on the taxiways. Anyway, here's the story...

"The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them.

So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.

Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway."

Ground: "Speedbird 206 Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."

The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.

Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"

Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."

Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"

Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- And I didn't land"


Maybe you don't have to be a pilot to appreciate that, but either way, I think it is pretty funny and that is all that matters. I could share some stories that are even funnier, but I don't want to scare any of y'all away from flying.