Sue Hawkins and Tom in Cairo in 1978!
Tom was with ONA from 1968 to the
end 1978. He flew Electra, DC-9,
DC-8 and DC-10.
Tom also worked with Air Bahama,
Air Jamaica and Independent Air
after ONA terminated operations.
Evil tricks on Cabin Crew
by Cockpit Crew!
LOWER THE TAIL WHEEL!
In days of old (when we were young) the
DC-3 had a TRAILING WIRE antenna which
was reeled out from a lever in the
lavatory. It was used when the Radio
Operator needed certain radio usage.
The later equipped aircraft no
longer used this antenna but, though
the antenna was removed, the control
lever was left in place.
The story goes that a new hire stew was
told that when the landing gear was
lowered, she (SHE, those were the good
old days!!) was to enter the Lav and pull
down the lever to LOWER THE TAIL WHEEL!
Many months later the (un-named) young
woman came running into the cockpit just
as the airplane was about to touch down
yelling "Dont land, Don't land!"
The Captain made an emergency go-around
and when all was squared away asked her
what the matter was.
She replied, "I forgot to lower the tail
Question: Who was the goat here??
As there was only one stew on a DC-3 there
was no opportunity to "learn better" with
experience and so she continued to "fall
for it" over and over.
We cockpit guys find that hilarious.
Har de har har, Boy do we crack us up!
The Stew version is that the Cockpit Crew
who made the emergency go-around
BECAUSE THE TAIL WHEEL WASN'T DOWN was the
same crew who had, so many months before,
assigned her this most important task!
Will we ever know who pulled off the best
RGDS---TOM F -