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2007-05-04 10:38:51 PM
Once, when I was flying to Saturn on my magical pony, I had to fight some really aggressive Boojums with my enchanted sword. It was pretty scary.
 
2007-05-04 10:39:23 PM
Flying between Hawai'ian islands is always a scary experience.
 
2007-05-04 10:40:17 PM
Not getting an aisle seat.
 
2007-05-04 10:40:59 PM
Vegas to Tuscon. There was so much freaking turbulence over the desert that day...I thought for sure I would end up in the bottom of the Grand Canyon
 
2007-05-04 10:41:58 PM
Watching my flight instructor shiat his pants when I made a really rough landing was kinda bad.
 
2007-05-04 10:42:04 PM
On my flight to Disney there was a gay flight attendant that was constantly asking to adjust my seat belt.
 
2007-05-04 10:45:35 PM
On a transatlantic flight, a tine broke off my spork and I think I swallowed it.

Then there was the time one of my sinus cavities ruptured due to their shiatty-ass pressurization job. It just farkin' popped, bloody snot and all.
 
2007-05-04 10:45:43 PM
How come no one has made any muslim jokes yet?
 
2007-05-04 10:45:58 PM
Landing in Halifax during a bad storm. We came down below the clouds and all of a sudden we were like popcorn being held in the hands of a rodeo rider. The plane would pop and drop literally hundreds of feet in less than a second. It was like this for the entire descent.

Even the flight attendants were looking green.

The last bit of turbulence nearly pancaked us into the ground just short of the runway, I suspect that ground effect saved us (and the engines revving up to max for a few seconds).

I firmly believe that we survived because I was singing hymns for the entire descent.

In latin.

/and I'm an athiest
//I could'a kissed the young fella who was flying the plane
///I understood why the pope kisses the ground upon landing.
 
2007-05-04 10:46:04 PM
First flight in a helicopter. Down below tree tops, flying through the hills in a right of way.
 
2007-05-04 10:46:41 PM
all of them. after our honeymoon, the hub says he won't fly without me being heavily medicated.

and on one of those flights, i had three drinks and a vicodin. no help.
 
2007-05-04 10:47:14 PM
When we hit into the WTC.
 
2007-05-04 10:47:32 PM
Landing in Vegas in my buddy's Piper Cherokee. I thought we were going to die. When we landed, he calmly looked over at me and said nonchalantly, "Ready? Let's go."

I almost smashed his face.
 
2007-05-04 10:47:44 PM
Solty Dog

On my flight to Disney there was a gay flight attendant that was constantly asking to adjust my seat belt.

HAWT
 
2007-05-04 10:48:32 PM
I've never had a really bad flying experience, other than that rough takeoff out of Vegas.

Even if I did, I'd feel silly posting it. One thing I've learned on TotalFark is that there always is someone with a truly hardcore story to tell.

So, Mr. Only-Guy-to-Survive-Massive-Crash-Had-to-Eat-the-Dead Guy, come forward!
 
2007-05-04 10:49:37 PM
Landing at Burbank CA. As soon as the plane hits the ground everything is on reverse thrusters and you fly into the seat in front of you. When people say to put your belts on there you might want to do it.
 
2007-05-04 10:49:41 PM
Playing tag with a couple of SU-27's and a Bear Foxtrot on the way back from the gulf.

lost 'em in the ground clutter and vectored in a distraction while we ran our tails outta there.
 
2007-05-04 10:49:57 PM
We were in a box canyon hovering over the wreckage of an EA-6B when we started to get into a power settling condition. The jungle started coming up very fast and I hit the deck and grabbed a seatrail and waited for the impact.

My pilot did a tailslide and a hard 180 turn and kept us out of the trees somehow. I asked him later how close we had gotten to crashing and he just held up his hand with his thumb and forefinger pressed together.
 
2007-05-04 10:50:06 PM
I had this super fat guy glancing back and forth between his ticket, the isle markers and the seat next to me.

Thank god he was in 21F
 
2007-05-04 10:50:08 PM
First flight. I was four years old. Grandpa did a loop.
 
2007-05-04 10:50:28 PM
Flying from Miami to Port-au-prince Haiti in a rickety little plane during a storm. Landed on a little runway and had one of those little stairs-on-wheels attach to the plane. We had to run from the runway to the airport to get out of the rain. When we exited the airport we were greeted by a mob of beggars that had to be 50 strong. One of the most frightening days of my life.
 
2007-05-04 10:52:00 PM
FuturePastNow: Then there was the time one of my sinus cavities ruptured due to their shiatty-ass pressurization job. It just farkin' popped, bloody snot and all.

Something like that happened to me. It felt like my head was going to explode, then, mercifully, the plane began to descend. For a week afterward my head hurt. I thought it was aneurysm or something.
 
2007-05-04 10:52:23 PM
Amazingly enough, I have/had 7 private pilots in my immediate family and if you do a Google search on "Juan Trippe" you'll see how my great uncle created tourist class air travel, but I have NEVER been on a commercial flight/jet in my life. Anytime I need to go somewhere, I have a family member willing to fly me privately.
 
2007-05-04 10:52:51 PM
Sitting in the very last aisle near the bathroom on a very packed plane nonstop from NYC to LA.

Some gigantic tub-o-goo apparently either ate something his body did not like, or he had IBS.

He nuked the back of the plane eleventy-billion times. Caused one woman to puke, which set off 3 other folks.

Absolute misery.
 
2007-05-04 10:53:43 PM
We were in a box canyon hovering over the wreckage of an EA-6B when we started to get into a power settling condition. The jungle started coming up very fast and I hit the deck and grabbed a seatrail and waited for the impact.

Never flew on chopper. EA-3Bs and P-3 Orions, as well as the occasional C-130 ferry. I hear they're fun tho - NOE sounds like fun!
 
2007-05-04 10:54:59 PM
Right before landing, the plane shakes and does the usual "wham! bam!" thing. The freaky guy across the aisle rocks back and forth and mutters, "it's just the landing gear, it's just the landing gear". He gets arrested as soon as we get to the terminal. No idea what the heck that was all about.
 
2007-05-04 10:54:59 PM
A crash.

Two weeks before I married my first wife, my future father-in-law took me up over central Iowa in his little four seat single engine plane at night. In December. We were working with the local sheriff's department to catch poachers, called shiners. Shiners would shine spotlights over the fields of snow, catch a deer in the light, and shoot it.

We had been flying for about two hours and caught three or four shiners, when the engine blew. Dead.

My father-in-law sent off a mayday and our position. He then turned to me and said that we had a few minutes before we went down, and that we had a problem. There was no airport within range, even over the horizon. There were no farm lights, and we couldn't see any roads for the snow. He said that, furthermore, the farmers there plowed their fiels in the fall and let them lie fallow for the winter. In addition, they either plowed their fields east to west or north to south, and we wouldn't be able to tell which way the furrows went until it was to late to correct. Guess wrong, and we crash and die.

He said that, since I was young, it was up to me to choose the direction. I did.

Just after that, we saw landing lights come on several miles away. We glided toward them, and came in for a rough landing. We overshot, hit a snow bank, and tipped onto our nose.

We opened the door, just in time to look down the barrel of a shotgun. The woman with the shotgun demanded to know who we were, and where her husband was.

Turns out her husband was a country doctor who made house calls in his plane, and was due back shortly. She didn't have her radio on.

Oh, and we drove back the next day. I'd chosen the direction of the furrows incorrectly ;)
 
2007-05-04 10:55:39 PM
25 years ago, Denver to....I can't remember, a couple days before Xmas, Continental Airlines, this ratty old DC-9, one of the stubby ones with 90 seats. This thing is stuffed....people,coats,gifts etc. That thing must have used 8,000 feet of runway or more.

It was night and I knew we were about out of runway because the runway lights had turned amber (the first and last thousand feet of runway the lights are amber).

I was starting to think "hmmm..." when he finally yanked it off but some guy behind me a few rows started to panic "is he ever gonna LIFT THIS THING OFF THE RUNWAY!!" Real loud, freaked everybody out.
 
2007-05-04 10:56:26 PM
Blowing the first officer during some really bad wake turbulence. I wonder if he ever healed...
 
2007-05-04 10:57:00 PM
Conforming_Iconoclast: Landing in Halifax during a bad storm.

I swear I was on this flight with you. When was this?
 
2007-05-04 10:58:53 PM
U.S.Air somewhere over the north Atlantic - we hit an air pocket and the plane dropped. How far? Don't know. A lot. Several people left their seats, the drink cart left the floor and did a flip. No one was seriously hurt; bunch of bruises, several cuts (some probably needing attention when we landed, and possibly a broken arm.
 
2007-05-04 10:59:46 PM
6-seater Cessna, Kansas City to Chicago, 8pm, one early December evening. My boss was flying the plane. Flew into a snowstorm 20 minutes after leaving Kansas City. He finally asked me to do a little co-piloting, to help keep the plane horizontal against the wind. Full instrument landing, saw the runway about 20 seconds before we touched down on a runway covered with snow -- which I kneeled down and kissed after we taxied to the hangar.
 
2007-05-04 11:00:28 PM
I swear I was on this flight with you. When was this?

12 years ago? Hmmm...11 to 14 years ago...probably 12.

My wife laughs at me, but if you were on the plane with me, what the hell were you doing in Deer Lake Nfld?
 
2007-05-04 11:00:46 PM
I flew with my dad a few times. All the stuff nightmares are made of...
 
2007-05-04 11:01:02 PM
Weaver95-

I have 2,000 hours in H-46's and another 600 in Huey Novembers. There was a lot of interesting missions and good sightseeing, but a couple of times things didn't look to good where getting back was concerned.
 
2007-05-04 11:01:11 PM
RubyRed
Amazingly enough, I have/had 7 private pilots in my immediate family and if you do a Google search on "Juan Trippe" you'll see how my great uncle created tourist class air travel,
...

Your great uncle is Alec Baldwin?
 
2007-05-04 11:01:23 PM
Conforming_Iconoclast: 12 years ago? Hmmm...11 to 14 years ago...probably 12.

Hm, guess not (I would've been 10). This was 5 or 6 years ago.

I guess the weather in Halifax is just always shiatty!
 
2007-05-04 11:01:38 PM
Trolley_Dolly: Blowing the first officer during some really bad wake turbulence. I wonder if he ever healed...

Giggity giggity ow!
 
2007-05-04 11:03:25 PM
I have 2,000 hours in H-46's and another 600 in Huey Novembers. There was a lot of interesting missions and good sightseeing, but a couple of times things didn't look to good where getting back was concerned.

I spent time in EP-3E's mostly. did the once around in an EA-3B once.

God, did I love the EA-3B's. NOTHING would kill that aircraft. I once saw those engines suck up a turkey buzzard, spit feathers and keep right on going.
 
2007-05-04 11:04:05 PM
One was on a Blackhawk. They had the doors open and the pilot was purposely trying to scare us because we were on sort of a joyride. None of us had ever been on one before. He would take it damn near straight up, then let it seemingly fall and start diving, then he'd take sharp turns so all you saw out the side door was ground. It was about a 20 minute trip that went nowhere, but it was a blast. I guess you'd have to call it scary/fun.

The other one was when I was coming from Chihuahua into Dallas and we were in one of those tubey prop planes where you could see into the cockpit. We started descending on approach of a runway and I could see the runway through the cockpit window.

I started hearing a bunch of beeping from up there and then I saw the pilot take his finger and start physically counting the runways. Apparently, he wasn't on the right one 'cause all of a sudden he made a 90 degree turn and took an extremely sharp dive. We hit the runway, but I figure it was kind of close. When I told my dad, he said that the pilot was probably frustrated that he couldn't ba a fighter pilot.
 
2007-05-04 11:04:06 PM
JerseyTim: Your great uncle is Alec Baldwin?

Sleezy Alec Baldwin portrayed my dear great uncle. I'm pissed about that.
 
2007-05-04 11:05:22 PM
Flying into Orlando International, sitting next to my dad in a passenger jet, the pilot warned us that the ride might be a little bumpy. There was something on the chatter about crosswinds in the background. Then the pilot made a second, much more urgent warning. The plane was landing awful fast, and wobbling as it went.

My dad loves flying. He also has a ton of degrees in aerospace safety and a collection of books on aircraft accidents. He's hard to bother. So when this thing is going down and he looks me in the eye and says, "HOLD. ON," well, I was a little disturbed. Luckily I didn't have too much time to get scared (I was a kid at the time).

We tilted a few more times and came down a little hard, but didn't bounce. Dad seemed very happy with the pilot and slightly surprised it wasn't nastier.
 
2007-05-04 11:05:45 PM
Trolley_Dolly
Blowing the first officer during some really bad wake turbulence. I wonder if he ever healed...

Reminds me of that unfortunate scene in "The World According to Garp."
 
2007-05-04 11:08:49 PM
Mental note: Never travel in any type of transportation with SpinStopper.

Maybe you should start walking to wherever you're going.
 
2007-05-04 11:19:39 PM
Weaver95-

I tried a P-3 once. I was having problems with my knees and was thinking about changing platforms. The detailer said the only way he would consider letting me out of a SAR billet was to go to flight engineer school.

Twenty minutes in the jump seat and I was falling asleep.
 
2007-05-04 11:20:18 PM
I was standing in Sea-Tac airport waiting for my flight, when I saw the plane come up to the gate, slide on the ice (rare storm), and run right into the terminal in full sight of all of us.

Two hours later, I boarded the alternate plane they found for our flight. Oddly enough, there was only one passenger aboard - me - when there should have been more than 60. The flight attendants gave me all the drinks and meals I wanted ;)
 
2007-05-04 11:21:04 PM
air pocket. dropped like 1000 feet.
 
2007-05-04 11:25:43 PM
SuperTramp: 6-seater Cessna, Kansas City to Chicago, 8pm, one early December evening. My boss was flying the plane. Flew into a snowstorm 20 minutes after leaving Kansas City. He finally asked me to do a little co-piloting, to help keep the plane horizontal against the wind. Full instrument landing, saw the runway about 20 seconds before we touched down on a runway covered with snow -- which I kneeled down and kissed after we taxied to the hangar.

Whoa. Glad you're still here.
 
2007-05-04 11:27:03 PM
RubyRed: Anytime I need to go somewhere, I have a family member willing to fly me privately.

So....Wanna get married?
 
2007-05-04 11:27:16 PM
Flying in a 20 seater into Andros Island Bahamas. Just before you land there are about 4 or 5 wrecked airplanes at the end of the runway. It turns out that they were hurricane debris.

This was on the same trip where we were flying in a navy L1011 into Norfolk, the pilot must have thought he was landing on a carrier based on how hard he slammed into the runway. The wing tips bent so far down I thought they were going to scrape the runway.

/good times, good times...
 
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