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  •  Well said, that man! My view, entirely... (9+ / 0-)

    ...'There can be only one' !

    My ONLY ride on a 747SP was on an Iran Air example out of JFK to LHR (it was headed to IKA). The then-bride and I were headed back across the Pond (I had been to see the 4950th Test Wing at Wright-Patt) and she was pregnant at the time. It was during the DC-10 crisis, and the FAA had just issued its mandatory grounding order.

    Since we had been booked on a World Airways DC-10 - and roughly 30% of the transatlantic capacity had disappeared overnight - we were in a pretty pickle. EVERYBODY wanted to get home....I made a few calls, called in a favour, and got the LAST two seats out of JFK on the Iran Air bird.

    What a flight!!! Firstly, it was at the start of the Revolution in Iran. An announcement was made that 'This was an Islamic Revolutionary flight'...then 'There will only be Iranian National Food served' (OK, I don't mind lamb with saffron rice) and THEN....'There will be NO alcohol served'

    Behind us sat the Welsh Under 21 Golf Team, returning from a tournament in Columbus, Ohio. For the next ten seconds, all you heard was the sound of Duty Free Johnnie Walker cartons being ripped open.....I thought the Purser was going to have a fit! They threatened to turn the 'plane around, but could tell that the passengers (the majority anyway) were getting ugly.

    I SWEAR that is why the crew stuck the pipper on the max. Mach number and hit the top of every cumulus cloud, all the way across the Atlantic....

    I was really glad to make it off that aircraft at LHR...

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 09:22:52 PM PDT

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