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Twas The Night Before X-mas.  
User currently offlineNY-JFK-LGA From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 374 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

'Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,
Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.
The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care,
In hopes that -- come morning -- they all would be there.

The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,
With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots.
I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up,
And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,
I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter.
A voice clearly heard over static and snow,
Called for clearance to land at the airport below.

He barked his transmission so lively and quick,
I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St. Nick."
I ran to the panel to turn up the lights,
The better to welcome this magical flight.

He called his position, no room for denial,
"St. Nicholas One, turnin' left onto final."
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer!

With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came,
As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:
"Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun!
On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'?

While controllers were sittin', and scratchin' their heads,
They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread,
The message they left was both urgent and dour:
"When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower."

He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,
Then I heard, "Left at Charlie," and "Taxi to parking."
He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh,
And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho, ho-ho-ho..."

He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk,
I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks.
His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost,
And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust.

His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale,
And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale.
His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,
His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly.

He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,
And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low-lead."
He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump,
I knew he was anxious for drainin' the sump.

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk.
He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief,
Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief.

And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,
These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog.
He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear,
Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, "Clear!"

And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,
He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.
"Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction,
Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion"

He sped down the runway, the best of the best,
"Your traffic's a Grumman, inbound from the west."
Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed thru the night,
"Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight.

Bring back McDonnell Douglas & T W A!!
5 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineCVG2LGA From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

that is amazing and so awesome.

They don't call em' emergencies anymore. They call em' Patronies.
User currently offlineFlyHoss From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

You have too much time on your hands, Rick! Well done.

A little bit louder now, a lil bit louder now...
User currently offlineWukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Quoting NY-JFK-LGA (Thread starter):

You wrote that?!? Well done!

We can agree to disagree.
User currently offlineNY-JFK-LGA From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 374 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2700 times:

LOL you guys, I didn't write that, but I thought it would be fun to post it on here. I'm not that creative, and I really don't have the patience either. Enjoy.

Bring back McDonnell Douglas & T W A!!
User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 670 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

That's a classic...I'm surprised some of you guys haven't seen that floating around before. I especially like the "beard was all blackened from reindeer exhaust."

Ok, wait for the RJ to pass, cleared to push tail south Mike, and you're cleared to spin #2 in the push.
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