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When a Crow Soars on Eagle’s Wings

At first glance it looks something like a Boeing 747 with NASA’s Space Shuttle hooked on its back. But it is much more in tune with nature than that. An ordinary black crow decides that there must be a reason why the eagle is the national bird of America and not the crow. He jumps when an opportunity presents itself–to see things from a different perspective. Have a look at when a crow soars on eagle’s wings:

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The crow swiftly swoops in for a quick landing atop the back of the eagle, rides a short distance, and then speedily lifts off to fly again on its own. Perhaps the crow wondered what life was like on the other side of the fence and decided to see for himself.

These photos were first spotted over at Mashable and are the work of amateur bird photographer Phoo Chan who has a spread of many wild bird shots over on Flickr.

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“At first I thought the crow was going to chase away the eagle,” says Phoo. “I was completely awed to see the crow actually land on the back of the eagle. They both flew in different directions and it looked like they became friends.”

Perhaps the crow wanted to be friends, or perhaps it is a case of life imitating technology. Maybe there was a time when the crow saw a similar situation in real life; when the crow saw a NASA Space Shuttle flying on the back of a 747. Maybe he just wanted to know how the Space Shuttle felt.

I think the crow was going for the thrill.

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Plane Misses Landing on Sunbather by inches – Caught on Video

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Seems it was a day of near misses. In northern Germany a small plane, a Piper PA-28-181 Archer II to be specific, approached the runway to land on the airstrip at Dune, a small island off Heligoland that caters to tourists.

The pilot descended towards the airstrip, but dropped dangerously close to the beach’s white sands adjacent to the landing strip – and also much too close to a sunbather lying face down just below the plane’s landing path.

The Piper’s pilot had miscalculated his altitude narrowly avoiding striking the sunbather by just inches.

“I was watching the planes come into land,” said Rainer Schmidt, 52, who shot the video. “I had seen five planes land before this one came in. I instantly realized that this one was coming in to land far too low.

“The others were at least six meters high. It was so close to the man on the beach. The man was very lucky.”

Uwe Kaiser, another sunbather, said, “The man who was almost hit was lying down and he turned over to look after seeing the plane coming and then instantly flung himself down in the sand as it crossed over him. It really was a close shave.”

 

The 52 year old pilot, Juergen Drucker, admitted misjudging his approach to the runway, but said that he had not seen the man because he was lying down.

“It was me that was flying and I am really sorry. I have to say, as the pictures show, that it wasn’t one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit.”

After the dramatic landing, Drucker was able to patch up his plane and fly home that same evening.

The sunbather, perhaps realizing there are safer places to sunbathe (go figure!), was seen standing up and simply walking off.

 

747 with no Pilot Nearly Takes Off by Itself – Video

A Boeing 747 is caught on video virtually taking off by itself without any pilot or crew. The jumbo jet accomplished this seemingly impossible feat due to the strong 70 mph winds blasting away at the wings of the plane as it sits in a jet boneyard in Mojave, CA, awaiting shipment to the scrap heap.

The aircraft, which was stripped of its jets, has empty fuel tanks, and is without passengers or crew, is left so light that the Mojave winds are free to have their way with the 747. Only the nose of the aircraft leaves the ground, but it lifts a significant amount off the tarmac giving the appearance it is about to take off.

The next day the plane was found to have rotated about 45 degrees from its original position. The lack of engines left the craft significantly tail heavy, at least enough to allow the plane to totter backward and forward lifting the nose quite high into the air. Although the back wheels remained in place, the nose and fuselage of the plane move numerous times.

Lightning Strikes Plane in Midair – Caught on Video

A new Emirates Airlines, double decker, Airbus A380 Jumbo jet en route to London’s Heathrow Airport is struck by lightning in midair, and it is all caught on video by a passenger on another plane.

Londoner Chris Dawson was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and was smart enough to prepare his camera to obtain some rare footage. The A380 Airbus is capable of carrying over 500 passengers, however they were all safe because lightning strikes are taken under consideration during the design of airplanes.

Jets are designed with a metal outer skin that is designed to absorb lightning strikes, and several planes each year are struck yet they all survive.

Isn’t technology amazing! Even though these airplanes are giants in the sky, they are capable of withstanding direct strikes from bolts of lightning carrying thousands of volts of electricity.

Air France Jumbo Jet Clips Delta Jet in New York – Video

An Air France Super Jumbo Jet, an Airbus A380, clipped the tail of a much smaller Delta jet on the taxiway at New York’s JFK airport on Monday night. The collision spun the Delta jet, which was stopped at the time, around 90 degrees on the tarmac.

Amazingly no one was injured because of the collision. The smaller plane was Comair Flight 6293, a Delta Connection flight that had arrived only minutes earlier from Boston. Fortunately, the passengers in the Delta jet were still buckled into their seatbelts at the time of the collision.

The smaller plane was a Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet with 62 passengers and four crew members aboard. The Air France jet was a Paris-bound Flight 7 carrying 485 passengers and 25 crew members. The A380 jet can carry as many as 850 passengers depending upon the class configuration.

This collision marks the second time that an Air France A380 jumbo jet has collided with another jet on the ground. The first collision occurred when an A380 hit the wing of an Airbus A330 that was parked at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on October 30, 2010.

The A380 carries a wingspan of 261 feet, and some reports suggest that Air France pilots and air traffic controllers are still getting used to the wingspan of this huge jet. Air France currently owns four Airbus A380’s.

“This wasn’t just two airplanes bumping together. The Air France plane really creamed the regional jet,” claimed Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, an airline industry funded group that promotes global aviation safety. “This is not something that happens every day. This is not normal.”

At 8 pm, the approximate time of the collision, it was dark and rainy. “Both pilots and controllers would have been confronted with (a) sea of flashing lights and reflections which could partly explain why the Air France pilot may not have seen the regional jet,” Voss said.

Ground control at busy JFK airport is one of the most demanding jobs in the nation’s air traffic control system, according to Voss.

“It is extremely complex, highly visual and the workload can become almost superhuman,” he said.

Such a comment suggests that perhaps a change might be necessary for the air traffic controller system if one is concerned about the safety of the air traveling public, since this accident could have been much more serious than it was.

Incredible Pilot Lands on Only One Wing – Video

An absolutely incredible piece of piloting is performed by this stunt pilot who amazingly landed his plane unharmed while flying with only a single wing because one wing came off during a stunt. I have never seen any landing like this before. It is remarkable that he landed uninjured.

The pilot was totally calm and cool during the incident. What a pro.

Many of the comments on YouTube insist that the video is a fake; however, unless one had the resources of a Hollywood studio, it appears to be impossible to fake.

There is no sign of cgi being used in the film. The only other way I know of faking it is to photoshop each and every frame which would take forever. It must be real.

Editor’s note: Watching this video again two years later, it is obvious to me that it is fake. The plane in the air looks so much like a model plane, plus the voices in the background are all young voices. It is clearly fake.

Japanese Bikini Car Wash and World’s Shortest Runway – Video

Our first video comes straight from an air show where the pilots perform tricky maneuvers that make you wonder why they don’t get killed. This pilot lands his plane on a moving runway that is not much longer than the plane itself. Quite Remarkable.

I guess that pilot skill tells it all, and this pilot lets his skill shine through.

Now that is some remarkable flying, but can he do it in a Boeing 767? Seriously, that must be the shortest runway ever, and the only other moving runways I can think of are on aircraft carriers.

Learning how to perform that trick might place you in harm’s way because you would have to make the landing on your first try.

This next video comes from an auto commercial that was supposed to play in the US, but I have not seen it yet. It adds an entire new twist to videos with scantily clad beauties washing your car in the school parking lot.

It has the plenty of water fights and very little clothes worn by the washers, but…well, you pretty much need to see it to understand. Watch.

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Redneck Graffiti 2008

We have neglected our redneck graffiti for awhile, so it is time for another installment. Here are a few choice ones.


You have to admire Bubba’s frugality. That guy sure knows how to save a buck. Think I’ll git him to help me “shop” for some new tires for my car.


That was sure some quick thinking on Billy Bob’s part. That must have been a bad fire because I have heard that manure burns slowly and for a long time.


Ol’ Betty Lu is always thinking because I never knew that airplanes got that breezy.

We will leave with the eternal question of:

How do you know when you’re staying in a Redneck hotel?

When you pick up the phone, call the front desk and say, “I’ve got a leak in my sink,” and the person at the front desk replies, “Well, ya’ll go right ahead.”

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Redneck Sets Himself on Fire

The following video is of a redneck who actually sets himself on fire with the help of his so called “friends,” a word used loosely in this context.

When you are still at that immature age where you continue to make questionable decisions, it is probably a wise idea not to listen to your friends who are trying to convince you to set yourself on fire so they can video tape it.

If you get a phone call something like this, stop hanging out with this “friend:”

“Hello, Billy Bob? Yeah, this is Jimbo here. Say, Billy Bob! We’re gonna have a little barbeque tomorra night, so why don’t you come by wearing some heavy clothes and bring some barbeque starter fluid with ya.”

“Why? Wall, cuz’ we want to impress the girls by settin’ you onfar and then video tapin’ it.”

“What? Ahh, no! There’s no danger. We’ll take good care o you, Billy Bob. You know thet. Okay? See ya then.”

You should know that they use the “f” word a couple of times in this one, so you have been warned.

In the next video a couple of racing Porsches bite the dust, which is truly a waste of some fine vehicles.

Our final video shows yet another redneck who is a motorcycle enthusiast who lays waste to his bike through his own poor planning. How do these rednecks get by in a world where they make such huge blunders anyway?

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Boeing 720 Gives Birth to Cessna 172

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Dateline: Washington, D.C. The Washington Post reported today that a Boeing 720 has given birth to a Cessna 172 single prop aircraft. The proud papa is an Airbus 340, and this is the first successful mating in captivity of a Boeing with a French made Airbus according to the Post’s report.

Prior to this the Boeing has been far too shy to mate while in captivity, whereas the French Airbus will mate pretty much anywhere. Said French President Nicolas Sarkozy, “But, of course, it eez a French aircraft. What else would you expect?”

An unidentified source at Boeing was reported to have hinted that the Boeing company has begun to embrace the outlook that breeding new airplanes will prove far more cost effective than manufacturing them. The difficult part of the process will be rearing and training the young Cessna both to develop and behave like a Boeing.

“This process is still in its infancy, if you will pardon the pun,” said the source. “A great deal more study is needed to produce the type of offspring we desire.”

Last month a Russian made IL-78 Tanker gave birth to twins, while another tanker had triplets. Here is a photo of the tanker mother breast feeding her twin MIG-31s. Another photo of a an IL Tanker mother feeding her jet fighter triplets is below that.

Although prolific, the Russian tankers have proven to be less than reliable. The problem with the IL Tanker is that it will mate with just about anything, and the fathers of both the twins and the triplets are unknown.

An unidentified source at Boeing said that it is difficult to obtain a very high sales price for such mutt fighters. When the father is some unknown crazy Russian aircraft, there just is not much of a market for those type of planes.

There was even one case of an IL-78 that had hooked up with an Italian sports car. “We believe that the suitor was a lead footed Ferrari, but we put stop to that relationship in a hurry,” said a Russian spokesman.

“Imagine what the result of that mating might be,” said the spokesman. “The offspring would probably have to be sent directly to the scrap yard.”

“These tankers simply have to begin staying away from the type of machine that is a bad influence,” the source said.

We also show a photo of a Boeing and the Airbus just prior to the mating ritual. The photo depicts just how precarious aircraft mating can be.

An Airbus spokesperson is reported to have stated that any premature disarticulation could prove catastrophic for both aircraft. “An error of that nature at that altitude could render both airplanes sterile,” the spokesperson said.

“We certainly do not need an Airbus in our fleet that is incapable of procreation. Fatherhood is a trait the French people cherish highly. And that goes for our aircraft as well,” the spokesperson said.

The final photo is that of a French Airbus 300 being prepared for surgery to reverse a vasectomy, which was previously a common procedure for the Airbus. The French wanted to prevent unwanted little airbuses suddenly appearing without notice.

Now that parturition is becoming more common for these aircraft, reverse vasectomies are also increasingly popular.

Drunk and Not-So-Dumb Blonde Humor

A drunk and a blonde are sitting next to each other on an airplane. The drunk asks the blonde if she would like to play a game.

The blonde, who is tired and really just wants to take a nap, politely declines to participate and rolls over toward the window to go to sleep.

The drunk persists, explaining how the game works. “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me. If you ask me a question that I don’t know the answer to, I will pay you.”

The blonde again declines politely still hoping to get some sleep.

The drunk, figuring that he will easily win because his opponent is a blonde, increases the attractiveness of his offer. “If you don’t know the answer to my question, you only pay me $5, but if I don’t know the answer to your question, then I will pay you $500.”

The blonde figures the drunk will continue tormenting her unless she plays, so she reluctantly agrees.

The drunk asks the first question, “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?”

The blonde reaches into her purse, removes a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the drunk. Then she asks the drunk, “What goes up a hill with three legs, but comes down with four?”

The drunk is puzzled. He uses his laptop to search for references, taps into the plane’s air-phone with his modem and even searches the Internet and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he tries emailing his coworkers, family and friends with no luck. After about an hour, he finally gives up.

He wakes the blonde and hands her $500. The blonde takes the $500, then turns back to the window to get back to sleep.

The drunk is going nuts still trying to figure it out. He wakes the blonde asking, “Well, tell me, what goes up a hill with three legs but comes down with four?”

The blonde reaches into her purse, hands the drunk $5, then goes back to sleep.

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More Redneck Jokes

Here are some more redneck jokes. Most have been around for awhile, but some are new to me. If you haven’t heard them before, they can still be funny.

You might be a redneck if:

Your uncle’s return mailing address is the Department of Corrections.

Your wife refuses a window seat on the airplane because she just got her hair done.

You kept that fire you had in your bathroom from spreading to the house.

You buy your sushi at the corner bait store.

You think the first day of deer hunting season is a religious holiday.

You think “coke” is brown, wet and served with ice.

You think your son has a new girl friend because he’s trying to score some “mary jane.”

You “shop” for golf balls at the driving range at midnight.

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Pilots vs Mechanics

This is one that I first heard about 15 years ago. I forgot about it and have seen it surface in different versions since then. The other versions list the Air Force and several different airlines, but the first time I heard it, Northwest Airlines mechanics and pilots were the crews involved. I thought I would resurrect it here:

Here are what some swear are copies of actual maintenance complaints submitted by Northwest Airlines pilots on planes they flew and the replies from the mechanics crews who were responsible for maintaining the airplanes:

Complaint: “Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.”
Mechanic’s solution: “Almost replaced left inside main tire.”

Complaint: “Test flight OK, except autopilot very rough.”
Mechanic’s solution: “Autopilot not installed on this aircraft.”

Complaint: “The autopilot doesn’t.”
Mechanic’s solution: “IT DOES NOW.”

Complaint: “Something loose in cockpit.”
Mechanic’s solution: “Something tightened in cockpit.”

Complaint: “Evidence of hydraulic leak on right main landing gear.”
Mechanic’s solution: “Evidence removed.”

Complaint: “DME unit volume unbelievably loud.”
Mechanic’s solution: “Volume set to more believable level.”

Complaint: “Dead bugs on windshield.”
Mechanic’s solution: “Live bugs on order.”

Complaint: “Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent.”
Mechanic’s solution: “Cannot reproduce problem on ground.”

Complaint: “IFF inoperative.”
Mechanic’s solution: “IFF inoperative in OFF mode.”

Complaint: “Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.”
Mechanic’s solution: “That’s what they’re there for.”

Complaint: “Number three engine missing.”
Mechanic’s solution: “Engine found on right wing after a short search.”