Post by Flying Dutchman on Nov 19, 2013 20:21:33 GMT 1
[/quote]Bull! If the aircraft is not safe the pilot(s) will not fly it. I have flown piston-driven aircraft with oil leaking from all engines, but never felt unsafe
EDIT: Also now remember to fly a twin-engined jet with lots of oil leaking from one of the engines. It was in Germany.... When reporting it to the crew, the answer was:"Oh, this is normal!"[/quote]
Well on another flight my college was a bit sceptical about the aeroplane so he asked one of the crew if the plane was safe. He answered: (In French) " No problem the pilot is musungo!" (Musungo = Swahili language for white people.)
It can be that I was a Passenger on that bird, if not than one of its sisters. I do not know how many Piedmont had at that time. It must have been around 1970/1.
1970! Where was it flying then?
I thought it was EWB, New Bedford, to LGA, but I can not find that connection on the history page of Piedmont, it can have been another leg along the coast. My Father was visiting fish processing plants on the North Atlantic coast, and he took me on that trip. Our family home burned in the winter of 1973 and I lost all my photographs and notes from before that time.
No, I don't! All I'm saying (again) is, if an aircraft is unsafe, no pilot will take off with it. I admid it can be uncomfortable (between the ears only) if it looks crappy.
Another example for me personaly was a take off from Hamburg. No planes could land because of a heavy storm. The PIC warned getting airborn would be quite a ride, and it WAS! Oh BTW, that was uncomfortable in the stomach.....