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Purpose and Request for Experiences
The purpose of this site is to invite airline (or military) crewmembers to post amusing, interesting, or terrifying experiences that they had encountered at any time during the last 60 years, along with any available pictures and bio. This site is subject to format rearrangements as experience suggests. Please feel free to submit experiences, being as precise as possible, and whether you want your name attached to it.
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Unusual aviation stories provided by Transocean Airlines pilots and others (some now deceased):
Captain John Russell (deceased)
"Sabotaging" the post-WWII Marshall aid program for Afghanistan. (Described in book written by Rodney Stich.
Interesting experiences of Captain Rodney Stich
Passenger "mutiny" and refusing to depart.
Plane load of 2,000 smelly monkeys and impending job loss.
Unloading dead monkeys over Italian towns.
Escaped monkeys roaming frigid Gander, New Foundland airport.
Captain Rodney Stich caught in 1953 Iranian revolution.
Requirement to land in Cyprus before landing in Arab country.
Passenger using credit card to obtain thousands of gallons of fuel.
Need to avoid landing in Beirut.
Midnight landing at unlighted Wake Island runway.
Sharing cockpit with former Japanese wartime pilot.
Strong headwinds over North Atlantic winds preventing reaching destination.
Strong headwinds in Pacific preventing reaching destination.
Unusual checking in double-deck Boeing Stratocruiser.
Unusual checkout on Super Constellation.
Examples of "glorious" life of airline pilots.
Poor judgment landing at Omaha.
Two missed fatal airline trips.
Captain landing in Arab country with load of Jewish passengers during military action with Israel.
Captain dumping load of gold into ocean due to engine failure, and then buying a gold mine months later.
Details about the above experiences are in the chapter from a book written by Rodney Stich.
Other sites related to pilots:
Navy pilot who was shot down during the U.S. invasion of Vietnam: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/ddengler.htm.
Bio of Rodney Stich.