The Miracle of Flight

The Miracle of Flight

The Nightcap

Nightcap for November 12th, 2018


“Yes… well, I used to have a pilot’s license…” – Will Wright

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… oh dear

When you hear ‘funny read’ I can’t imagine the first publication that comes to mind is ‘The Marine Corps Times.’ However, if you’re looking for a chuckle this story is definitely worth reading.

Two pilots of a T-34C were recently involved in an alleged sky penis drawing over California skies — the two pilots have not been punished as the investigation into the incident continues.

The flight path of the T-34C was picked up on radar and posted to Twitter showing what appeared to be a penis. The aircraft belongs to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, out of Miramar, California.

I’m not sure there’s *too much to investigate with this one considering the, ahem, distinct flight path imagery.

Read the article here

Just a Quick Dip

While it seems impossible that a jet aircraft’s autopilot could be set to 0 feet altitude, it apparently isn’t only possible it’s an easy mistake to make…

According to BBC, the pilot of a Flybe plane that dropped 500ft (152m) in 18 seconds had selected the wrong autopilot setting shortly after take-off.

Some 44 passengers and four crew were on board the Belfast City to Glasgow flight on 11 January when the aircraft “pitched nose-down” towards the ground.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said warnings alerted the pilot, who fixed the error at 928ft (283m).

It sounds like a bit of a thrill ride (absent the possibility of death) with the plane climbing to 1,500ft, but then pitching and “descending rapidly” because the autopilot was set with a target altitude of 0ft.

Staff reported that the “plane had become visual with the ground”, with the aircraft apparently plunging downwards at 4300ft/min.

Talk about an auspicious start to a flight…

Trump Gives CNN a Timeout

CNN’s chief white house correspondent Jim Acosta has had his press pass revoked from the administration to enter the white house for press bits after a heated exchange with President Trump during a conference a day prior.

Its turned into a classic Trump vs. ‘The Fake News’ scenario with even the white house being accused of lying with fake videos.