AMUSING STORIES

September 29, 2000
From Oakley Smith

It seems that a young man volunteered for military service during World War II. He had such a high aptitude for aviation that he was sent right to Pensacola Naval Air Station skipping recruit training.

The very first day at Pensacola he solos and is the best flier on the base. All they could do was give him his gold wings and assign him immediately to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

On his first day aboard, he took off and single-handedly shot down 6 Japanese Zeroes. Then climbing up to 20,000 ft., he found 9 more Japanese planes and shot them all down as well.

Noting that his fuel was getting low, he descended, circled the carrier and came in for a perfect landing on the deck.

He threw back the canopy, climbed out and jogged over to the captain. Saluting smartly he said, "Well sir, how did I do on my very first day?"

The captain turned around, bowed politely, and replied,
"You make one velly, velly selious mistake!"


October 1, 2000
From John Kenehan
Trots
Those who have traveled in foreign or lessor developed countries know that sometimes you get the "trots". On a beautiful clear smooth day, I was sailing along at 16,000 feet in a C46, autopilot on, but with a non-capable Chinese Co-pilot when I got a very urgent powerful urge. Unlike the C47, the entire toilet of the '46 can be disconnected from the floor. So I go to the back of the plane, unsnap the toilet from the floor, carried it forward and set it down between the pilot and co-pilot, sat down and grabbed my oxygen mask. I did not ask my crew's approval or seek their advice or take time to check for cabin ventilation. So sitting on the can, sucking oxygen, I was receiving Captain's pay. Soon thereafter when I felt better, I put my clothes back on, got back into my seat, and shortly descended and landed at Dinjan where CNAC maintenance had "specialists" to take care of my "toilet damage".

When I left the plane, I left the toilet in the cockpit for the "convenience" of the next crew. None of our other airplanes had its own cockpit toilet.


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