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a short airplane trip--danger present-otis--any image i add -is my painting


Submitted:Aug 15, 2008    Reads: 102    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


1/12/08 'RED LIGHT'

WE BEGIN WITH A SHORT VIEW OF THE SCENE--IT IS MORNING JUST AT DAYBREAK--SHREVEPORT, LA--A DOUGLAS DC-9 TWIN ENGINE JET AIRCRAFT SITS NEAR A HANGER--IT HAS BEEN LOADED WITH FREIGHT - FIRST STOP IS LAKE CHARLES--CHENNAULT FIELD--THE CAPTAIN PILOT NAMED 'KNEWTON' AND HIS CO-PILOT 'EDWARDS' ARE JUST NOW ARRIVING--

THE PILOTS ENTER THE DC-9--GET TAKE OFF DIRECTIONS--IT IS VERY FOGGY AND WILL BE IN LAKE CHARLES.LA--WITH A RISK OF THUNDERHEADS ALSO--NOW IN TAKE OFF POSITION-THE THROTTLES ARE SLOWLY OPENED AND AS SOON AS TAKE-OFF---INTO THE HEAVY FOG AND NOW FLYING ON INSTRUMENTS--INSTRUMENTS TO TELL THE PILOT IF HIS WINGS ARE LEVEL-WHETHER HE IS CLIMBING OR DESCENDING--SPEED --ALTITUDE--ETC.--AT 8000 FEET THEY BREAK THROUGH THE FOG INTO A BRIGHT AND SUNNY SKY--

THIS COULD BE AN ERROR--THE FUEL TANKS ARE NOT FULL--WITH A CONTRACT AT LAKE CHARLES CHENNUALT FOR FUEL--THE COST IS MUCH LESS THERE THAN NORMAL--

IT IS ONLY A 200 MILE FLIGHT-ABOUT 30 MINUTES LONG--SURE ENOUGH THE PILOTS SEE BIG THUNDERHEADS IN THEIR PATH--FROM GROUND CONTROL THEY GET PERMISSION TO CHANGE ALTITUDE AND DIRECTION IN ORDER TO AVOID BAD WEATHER--

NOW APPROACHING THE OUTER MARKER FOR CHENNAULT--THEY TUNE TO ITS FREQUENCY AND HEAR THE MORSE CODE FOR THE CHENNAULT OUTER MARKER--THEIR COMPASS HEADING IS THE APPROACH DIRECTION-THEY PASS OVER THE OUTER MARKER AT 1500 FEET IN HEAVY FOG--CANNOT SEE THE GROUND--AN INSTRUMENT TELLS THEM WITH A HORIZONTAL MOVEABLE LINE AND A VERTICAL MOVEABLE LINE--IF THEY ARE ABOVE OR BELOW THE APPROACH PATH OR IF THEY ARE TO THE LEFT OR RIGHT OF THE APPROACH PATH--ALL CHECKS HAVE BEEN MADE -GEAR DOWN--25% FLAPS DOWN--AND CHECKED THE 3 APPROACH LIGHTS--WHITE-AMBER-RED--

FLYING TOTALLY ON INSTRUMENTS--AS THEY NEAR THE RUNWAY-THE WHITE LIGHT COMES ON--A BIT FURTHER AND THE AMBER LIGHT COMES ON--WHEN THE RED LIGHT COMES ON AT 200 FEET ALTITUDE--AND IF THEY CANNOT SEE THE GROUND--THEY MUST ADD POWER AND CLIMB AND MAKE ANOTHER TRY--AND THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS--RED LIGHT AND CANNOT SEE THE GROUND--

WITH POWER THEY CLIMB TO 2500 FEET AND TIME THEIR FLIGHT AS THEY MAKE FOUR LEFT TURNS TO GET THEM BACK OVER THE OUTER MARKER AT 1500 FEET---THE WHITE LIGHT COMES ON--THE AMBER LIGHT COMES ON--THE RED LIGHT COMES ON--THEY CANNOT SEE THE GROUND --NOTHING BUT FOG--FULL POWER AGAIN FOR ANOTHER TRY--THE PILOT KNEWTON MAKES A BIG DECISION--HE HAS FUEL FOR ONLY ONE MORE TRY--HE WILL ATTEMPT TO LAND REGARDLESS--THE WHITE LIGHT COMES ON-THE AMBER LIGHT COMES ON--THE RED LIGHT COMES ON--NOTHING VISIBLE EXCEPT FOG--PILOT KNEWTON IS NOW GUESSING BY EXPERIENCE WHERE THE RUNWAY SHOULD BE--AT ABOUT 50 FEET ALTITUDE HE SEES THE LIGHTED END OF THE RUNWAY--THEY LAND SUCCESSFULLY AND TAXI TO THE PARKING AREA--

THEY CANNOT CONTINUE TO NEW ORLEANS--CONDITIONS ARE EVEN WORSE--THIS HAS BEEN THE WORSE EVENT FOR PILOT KNEWTON--HE WONDERS IF HE HAS HAD ENOUGH--AFTER A BIT OF THOUGHT HE REALIZES ALL WORKERS MUST DECIDE IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE ON OR GIVE UP--

THE NEXT DAY--WITH FULL TANKS--THEY CONTINUE ON TO NEW ORLEANS AND BEYOND--A FEW YEARS LATER PILOT KNEWTON RETIRES AFTER MANY YEARS OF FLYING AND NO MORE NEAR MISSES--

MOTTO:-REGARDLESS WHAT WE DO FOR A LIVING--DANGER IS BESIDE US ALL THE TIME--

WRITTEN BY otis english kevnn21@localnet.com





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