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GAU-8
01-20-2006, 04:11 AM
quick story (and im too busy to completely research it) told to me by my coworker.

pre-WWII pilots had fountain pens, problem was that at altitude they had problems with leakage,(the pens, not the pilots).. it was messy, nor was the instrument smooth writing, or fast drying to be useful in the cockpit...so a filipino pilot in the R.A.F. (this story told to me by a very proud man from the philipines)..was in the clouds flyain about doing..er whatever.and realised a ball bearing tip against the cartridge just might work.

it did. the other R.A.F pilots were so impressed with his invention...they they pushed higher ranking officials to make this an important part of the pilots gear.. and from there it spread like wildfire..

later on as ball point pens took over the world, one manufacturer came out with thier version, and wanted to give respect to the original creatod... hence the name of the pen was to be named..

"PILOT"

ANY of this true?

GAU-8
01-20-2006, 04:11 AM
quick story (and im too busy to completely research it) told to me by my coworker.

pre-WWII pilots had fountain pens, problem was that at altitude they had problems with leakage,(the pens, not the pilots).. it was messy, nor was the instrument smooth writing, or fast drying to be useful in the cockpit...so a filipino pilot in the R.A.F. (this story told to me by a very proud man from the philipines)..was in the clouds flyain about doing..er whatever.and realised a ball bearing tip against the cartridge just might work.

it did. the other R.A.F pilots were so impressed with his invention...they they pushed higher ranking officials to make this an important part of the pilots gear.. and from there it spread like wildfire..

later on as ball point pens took over the world, one manufacturer came out with thier version, and wanted to give respect to the original creatod... hence the name of the pen was to be named..

"PILOT"

ANY of this true?

nakamura_kenji
01-20-2006, 04:19 AM
think person invent call biro


find wikipedia
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">There are two basic types of ball point pen: disposable and refillable. The ball point pen was invented in 1938 by the Hungarian journalist Laszlo Biro (in fact, the translation for ball pen in Argentina is birome because the inventor lived there for many years; also, biro can be used to refer to a ballpoint pen in British English). It was originally invented for the British RAF, as problems occurred with fountain pens due to the low air pressure aboard planes in flight. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

jimDG
01-20-2006, 04:26 AM
True story.
BTW same with space fight - NASA spent quite some time devloping a zero-G/"can write in vacuum" proof pen. The Russians just used pencils.

Also - Bic is a french guy who changed his name from Bich to Bic, when he started his pen making bussiness in the USA http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Low_Flyer_MkII
01-20-2006, 04:37 AM
http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa101697.htm

http://wa.essortment.com/historyofbal_rgos.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballpoint_pen

MrBlueSky1960
01-20-2006, 04:55 AM
Low_Flyer_MkII, Sorry I have'nt posted your request yet mate, bloody customers keep stopping me from my important work... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Low_Flyer_MkII
01-20-2006, 04:59 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Inadaze
01-20-2006, 05:04 AM
The Nasa space pen - Russian Pencil thang is an urban myth.

Both sides started using pencils, and Nasa didn't pay for the development of a pen.

A private company, The Fisher Pen co, did the research and made a "space pen" on their own volition, with no Nasa funding or involvement.

http://space.about.com/od/spaceexplorationhistory/a/spacepen.htm

danjama
01-20-2006, 05:04 AM
what does world (not inc. russia) have against pencils?? their great!

berg417448
01-20-2006, 09:28 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jimDG:
True story.
BTW same with space fight - NASA spent quite some time devloping a zero-G/"can write in vacuum" proof pen. The Russians just used pencils.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Urban legend.

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

jeroen_R90S
01-20-2006, 11:19 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:
what does world (not inc. russia) have against pencils?? their great! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

They are! They're the only thing that still works in a greasy shopfloor on a smudged piece of paper!

bhunter2112
01-20-2006, 11:39 AM
I would have brought a pencil or two