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07-01-2007, 04:40 PM
One of the funiest storys I ever heard didn't happen to me. Although I belive it, because I knew the guy, and he was a first class curmudgin, and it's a well known story throughout Alaska, you may have heard it Sodus. If your a cat lover, you don't want to read this, I love all animals, but this is
funny! he was running a trip out of Sitka in his goose, he didn't like animals in his plane. They can cause havoc if they get loose, but like all FBOs he needed the money. He told this old lady that you can't bring a cat on the plane without a sealed box for it, she had a fit and said the cat would be no problem. He was wasting time so he told her, you better hold onto that cat till we land, she assured him, and they took off. Some where over Chatham striat the cat got scared and went nuts, and started runing full bore around the cabin. It ran up the right side of the cabin, across the
instument panel and down the left side. She was grabing for it every time it went by, old J--- didn't
look around or say anything, on it's third trip, he just slid open his side window and the cat poped out the window and he closed it! After the woman ran out of breath from screaming, a skinny
little old man sitting next to her, softly said," I wonder if it landed on it's feet"?

07-01-2007, 06:05 PM

Now that's what I'm talking about...priceless.

07-01-2007, 06:18 PM
What a hoot!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

07-01-2007, 08:15 PM
Must...not...piss...myself..laughing...too late!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

07-01-2007, 11:12 PM
Since we're talking about other people, I've got a story that combines elements of both bush flying and WWII aviation.

Years ago I used to fly out to a high-end fishing camp. The camp didn't let the guests fly with an unwashed mere charter pilot like myself but I did get to haul groceries, building materials, fishing guides and fish.

Anyway, the manager of the club flew around in a Citabria on floats. In WWII he flew a Spitfire in Burma. Just for fun he used to bounce me with it, but only when I was flying the Beaver, he couldn't catch me in the Cessna 180 or 185 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif. One day he did a beautiful barrel roll in front of me. Nice trick on floats.

But I disgress...His favorite story was about how you should always be careful what you wish for. One day very late in the war when there was little flying activity, they sent an aircraft out from his base to drop propaganda leaflets over the nearest Japanese airbase, "where are your aircraft, where is your army, give it up you losers", that kind of thing.

They were pretty proud of themselves until the next day when the Japanese came over and basically leveled their airfield. He said he enjoyed the show from a slit trench as the Japanese calmly bombed just about every building and destroyed just about every aircraft on the field http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/1072.gif

He said they took things a little more seriously after that.

Good hunting,

07-01-2007, 11:39 PM
Ya.... I remember the Japanese didn't have much of a sence of humor during the war! I used to like that dog fighting, dead heading back to base in the evenings, who ever saw the other first would use an island or mountain for cover, to pounce on the other, bounceing the mike button to sound like machine guns, even the boss would get in on it! we even started keeping score for beers! good times. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

07-02-2007, 02:11 AM
LOL @ the old man http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

07-02-2007, 10:50 AM
A couple of native tklingit friends of mine walked into the hanger one day, a little sloshed, dressed in suits and holding a little box, they had just come from an uncles funeral, and wanted to throw the remains into Dease lake BC, where their family came from. we didn't have to land, so I didn't file with customs, never did find out if that was legal to drop anything ! I gased up the 185, and away we went, about a 3 hr flight. they didn't have much to say on the trip in, didn't know if it was grief or thier alcohol induced condition. droping down out of a small mountain range, on approach to the lake, I gave instructions how to open the window when I got it slowed down. open the window slowly till it's stable, and I'll tell you when. we had a litte wind so I slowed it down to about 80, and put in 20 degrees flap, as I looked over to him, he had the box open and was opening the sack just out side the window, I yelled NO!!...to late, the cabin instantly filled with grey black powder. he looked over at me patheticly like Al Joesin, with his little white eyes blinking, his brother in the back, gaging and spiting up uncle charlie. he gave a sheepish little grin and threw the box and sack out the window and we went home. you should have seen the looks we got, crawling out of the plane like 3 coal minors when we got back. true story

07-02-2007, 11:09 AM
OMG...boss is sitting here giving me funny looks as I spit chinese takeout all over the front of my laptop...

You two should write up some memiors Patrick McManus style.

To be honest gents...I think this would have been received well over in GD. Maybe one of the mods will stop by and give you some free advertising.

Change the title to 'bush pilot memories' so they don't think yer talkin' politics and I think yer in.

07-02-2007, 11:17 AM
Moses... I hadn't thought of the (bush politics) angle! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

07-02-2007, 02:29 PM
Yes, I think all presidents should have their names changed to something neutral while in office...like Slartibartfast.

07-02-2007, 07:12 PM
moses....I'm getting a feeling that last story was a little disqusting for most, looks like I even lost Sodus, I remember it wasn't a pleasant experience for me at the time, however, I tend to remember the funny side of things, and I can still see the looks on thier faces when it happened, and it still cracks me up! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif of course I've always had a strong stomach and a sence of adventure, you had to have! it was a very stressful and sometimes gory line of work. I think you and I share the same kind of spirit for life, what the h--l!! we're only here once,... as far as I know! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

07-02-2007, 08:25 PM
hehe...happiness is a choice. Took me a long time to learn that.

That last one was hilarious...nothing wrong with a semi-morbid sense of humor. I immediatly thought of some old Northern Exposure episodes. You just need a bigger audience...lol.

07-02-2007, 09:07 PM
Thanks..... some how I knew you'd know what I meant! I had forgotten about northern exposure, I liked it, it was pretty close to reality, I think the writers most have spent some time up there in towns like I knew. the only thing that wasn't accurate was the bush flying parts, and the winey doctor, oh well! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-02-2007, 10:54 PM
I'm still here guys, just a bit busy. I'll get some stories in, promise.

Good hunting,

07-03-2007, 12:55 PM
No worries. Starting tomorrow I'm on vacation for the next week and a half so I'm hoping to get some flying time in (and the lawn mowed...eventually).

07-03-2007, 01:19 PM
Moses...I'm going to follow your advice! my next story will be in gd, and called bush pilot memories. see you there guys. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-04-2007, 05:08 AM
Dogoneit Buzz! You just got my arse in trouble. It is six in the morning & I just woke my wife up laughing uncontrollably. Not a good way to start the 4th of July! (Making the wife angry this early in the morning, especially on a holiday) What a hoot!

07-04-2007, 11:55 PM
Originally posted by buzzsaw1939:
I'm getting a feeling that last story was a little disqusting for most

I found it hilarious reminded me of this


07-05-2007, 04:59 AM
Funny stuff! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif