Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pilot Competition

There are, apparently, 87 countries around the globe that still have minefields in them. One statistic I read said that between 10,000-15,000 people and animals are injured every year by these buried explosives.

Science to the rescue. Researchers in Scotland have developed a bacteria which - when sprayed on a field of landmines - turns green whenever it is near explosive material.

And you thought I was kidding.



A young hotshot pilot in an F-18 Hornet was flying escort for a B-52 bomber and, being horribly bored, began flying rings around the bomber, hotdogging it and doing rolls where the other pilots were sure to see him.

The brash young pilot said, "Anything you can do, old dog, I can do better."

The veteran pilot responded, "Oh, yeah? Try this, kid."

For several minutes nothing happened. The B-52 continued to fly straight and level. Finally the grizzled bomber pilot came back on the radio, "Let's see you try that, hotshot."

"Try what?" asked the F-18 pilot. "What did you do?"

"I shut down two engines, got up, stretched, then got a cup of coffee."

[Smile A Day Clean Humor]


WONDER for YOUR WEEK: Why do pilots tell us they're on "final approach"? Did they make other approaches they *didn't* tell us about?


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Mark said...

As the Old French Proverb goes, "genius does what it must, talent does what it can."

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