Tips and Humor From Kaye....
Kaye meets many people and sees many things while she travels. She always comes back with a couple of humorous stories to tell. Here is one of them.
Flying Is Good For A Laugh
Flying from Michigan to Phoenix, the John Wayne-type pilot came on and told us, in his smooth, I-am-in-control voice, that one of our engines was smoking, and he would have to shut it down. He also said that he had to shut the engine down on the opposite side so we would stay level. That made sense to me.
He smoothly explained that when he did this, it would feel like we were momentarily flying backward, but that we would have no problem flying with the two remaining engines. And it happened exactly the way he said it would.
Soon, JW came on the PA and said one of the remaining engines was starting to cause problems so he was going to have to shut it down. He sounded so much in control that no one seemed to panic, because he was in charge and he said, "No problem." Where have I heard "No problem" before?
The way I figured, he was also going to have to shut down both remaining engines and two from the two remaining engines doesn't leave you with much.
The JW said we were going to land in Kansas city and they were looking for another aircraft for us. Where do you look for an aircraft? You either have one or you don't.
In the meantime, they offered us free drinks.
I fly a lot. My advice is that when they offer you free drinks, take them.
After a short time in Kansas City, we were on our way with JW to Phoenix. And every one of us got back on the plane.
A short time later, JW came on the speaker and said we had to slow down and take it easy going into Phoenix because a military plane without landing gear was making an emergency landing and that it would be a good opportunity for us to see how it looks from the air when they foam the runway. Boy, was he smooth! I just knew that foam was for us. We circled the field, and it was interesting, but then we did see the military plane land.
Now do you really think JW was as calm and in control as we all thought he was?