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Topic: The King Who Lost His Throne And Became A Pilot
Username: Vio
Posted 2006-09-22 21:24:12 and read 4148 times.

A brief overlook of history regarding King Michael I of Romania…

He was the son of Crown Prince Carol and Princess Elena and the grandson of then reigning King Ferdinand I of the Romanians.

He was ousted by the communists and sent into exile in Britain and eventually settled in Switzerland. Because of financial problems he was forced to take “a job” and ended up becoming a commercial pilot.

Does anyone know what companies he worked for and what airplanes he flew? It’s not every day that a king would end up on the flight-deck trying to earn a living. I wonder what his crew thought of that… flying with a monarch.

What are your thoughts on this?

An article about this...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4118629.stm




Topic: RE: The King Who Lost His Throne And Became A Pilot
Username: Antiuser
Posted 2006-09-22 23:12:51 and read 3991 times.

It'd be cool if he had flown for Monarch Airlines - they could brag about having a real monarch in the cockpit! Big grin

Topic: RE: The King Who Lost His Throne And Became A Pilot
Username: Charlienorth
Posted 2006-09-23 17:03:38 and read 3579 times.

There's a book "Ploesti" by James Dugan,it is about the low-level bombing raid on the oil facilities,King Michael was a teen at the time and befriended many of the downed pilots,they shared a common interest in airplanes,fast cars and guns,it's a pretty good read.

Topic: RE: The King Who Lost His Throne And Became A Pilot
Username: EFCar98
Posted 2006-09-23 19:24:42 and read 3416 times.

I have a romanian friend from Polesti...let me go ask her

Topic: RE: The King Who Lost His Throne And Became A Pilot
Username: Ctbarnes
Posted 2006-09-23 20:19:15 and read 3325 times.

All goes to show, if you have to slum it, you might as well do it right: fly for a living.  Big grin

Charles, SJ


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