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US Air - The Bees' Knees?  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12594 posts, RR: 34
Posted (5 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 7437 times:

Saw this picture on the homepage:


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Photo © Joey Collura



What's the story? Someone douse the wing in honey? Bees misunderstood the concept of "honeycomb" in aircraft construction?

Auditioning for the "Bee Movie"?

Preparing for a Cat III-bee approach?

Ok, I'll stop now ...

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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8766 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7373 times:

Flying animals of all kinds seem to have a fascination with the US Airbus fleet.

User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1954 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7333 times:

I was there with Joey when this photo was taken. I took one too but never submitted it to A.net. This is a simple case of the queen bee deciding to land on the wingtip of a US 320 while being turned around at LAX and all the bees of the hive following her. Since this group of bees were not hindering the turnaround of this flight, the bees were left alone and the plane took off without incident. The bees most certainly found somewhere else to go when faced with 100+ knots wind.

User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7295 times:

I have heard someone on here (SlamClick, maybe?) mention the extraordinary number of dead bees he's seen on the ramp before. Since then, I've often wondered what there could be about aircraft that would attract bees. Maybe Skydrol or Jet-A has a chemical component which humans can't discern that is similar to one found in flowers?


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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8766 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7278 times:



Quoting TSS (Reply 3):
Maybe Skydrol or Jet-A has a chemical component which humans can't discern that is similar to one found in flowers?

Hmm, maybe that is why the population of bees has been decreasing!!  yummy 


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5947 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7219 times:



Quoting TSS (Reply 3):
Maybe Skydrol or Jet-A has a chemical component which humans can't discern that is similar to one found in flowers?

I don't know whether those two fluids attract bees, but I DO know that Type I deicing fluid (propylene glycol) tastes very sweet, and has certain ingredients in common with Coca Cola, so I suspect bees would be very much drawn to it!


User currently offlineA999 From Norway, joined Mar 2004, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7205 times:

As The Beatles once said: Let It Be(e)

User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7185 times:



Quoting Flighty (Reply 4):
Hmm, maybe that is why the population of bees has been decreasing!!

Hehe! I did make a point of stopping just short of openly indulging in that line of thinking, but stranger things have happened. It is remarkable to find more than one dead bee at a time anywhere, except perhaps under an active beehive, so bee's evidently fatal attraction to the ramp areas of airports might bear further investigation.



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User currently offlineJFKMan From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7166 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Thread starter):
Ok, I'll stop now ...

Yes thank you! lol Only messing.

This is just proof that US Airways is the best airline...if the bees agree (or any flying animal) then it must be true!!! lol



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5702 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7132 times:

This certainly must be a LAX thing, as this also happened to Southwest Airlines back in 2003 I want to say?

Airline featured this, and it was actually "stuck" to the jetbridge at LAX. Ao they vaccumed out the queen bee so the others would follow and leave.

Ended up shutting down a jet bridge for the day and leaving WN one less gate as well.

Any other airlines have any BEE experience?!

Alex



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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7132 times:

Given the precipitous decline in bee population, I do hope that the queen and her followers found a more suitable location to build a hive!!

However, I wouldn't have wanted a delayed or cancelled flight just to ensure their safety...



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User currently offlineJFKMan From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 7008 times:



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 9):
This certainly must be a LAX thing, as this also happened to Southwest Airlines back in 2003 I want to say?

Ya I think it was 2003 and I remember that episode. It was actually kinda funny to see.


Oh..I miss that show.



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User currently offlineABpositive From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 5462 times:

The sequel to the "Snakes on Plane"... "Bees on Plane"  tongue 

User currently offlineN702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 5299 times:

Oh.......this is nothing.

I WISH I still had the pictures......

But I used to chat with someone online works for Continental in Indianapolis.

He sent me several pictures of a Continental Express RJ parked at Indy.....

The ENTIRE back of the plane was absolutely COVERED with bees....i mean the ENTIRE back of the plane.....COVERED.....the back of the plane looked black.

He told me the Indy Airport Fire Department showed up and had to spray water on the plane to get rid of them.

I WISH I still had those pics! This winglet of a USAirways jet....is just a FRACTION of what those pics showed!


User currently offlineHAMAD From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1161 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 5217 times:



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 9):
Any other airlines have any BEE experience?!

Bees are really tricky. i remember one time i parked at Bank of America parking lot in Mesa, AZ, near the east ASU campus. come back after 30 min, there was the same thing as the picture on my roof. well, all i did is got in the car real quick , drove on the US 60 and when i got home they were gone. i wonder what attracted them...



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User currently offlineKBUF From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 5002 times:

By any chance was Samuel L. Jackson on that flight?  Wink


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User currently offlineKinglobjaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 4860 times:

Just like the song goes:

"Bird's do it,
bees do it,
even educated fleas do it.
Let's do it,
let's fall in love "(with US)

-Kinglobjaw



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User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1659 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 4358 times:

Not quite up to "Fire Ants in a C152."

Once upon a time, a person at our local FBO parked out on the grass and left an open bag of Fritos on the passenger seat; some 8 hours later, he came back, fired up, taxied out and came back to the ramp in one great big hurry. It seems that fire ants had found his Frito stash.

He came screeching back to the ramp and jumped out with fire ants all over his legs, hands and arms.


User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5122 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 4321 times:



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 9):
This certainly must be a LAX thing, as this also happened to Southwest Airlines back in 2003 I want to say?

While working in LAS for OO, we had a huge hive of bees off of the A gates. They started swarming like crazy after parking an EM2. The plane seriously irritated the hive, and we the rampers scrambled to safety. The plane remained on the tarmac for about 10-15 minutes closed up in the heat of summer, but they did keep the APU on and I assume the AC was on. Anyway, Fire Department showed up and did some work on it, and all was safe.



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User currently offlineCzbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 980 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 7 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

Actually, in the usual A vs B debates, it looks like the B(ee)s have this one over the A's!

or

Maybe, the plane is giving the bees a flying tip!


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