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The Night Before Xmas Aviation Style  
User currently offlineTuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

Hey folks, took me a while to find this on the net and i know its probably gone round before in years past but i always enjoy reading it each year.

'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 head,
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."

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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3755 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

That was really great! Happy Holidays to everyone on A.net

Support the beer and soda can industry, recycle old airplanes!
User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 4040 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2636 times:


Happy Holidays to all my aviation friends!

I sell airplanes and airplane accessories
User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7607 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

That was great,
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all.  Smile

"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

Absolutely brilliant!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa etc... to all!!!!!

This is first class stuff!!!!


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17800 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Great one!!

Have seen this one before, but always nice to read it.

Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11332 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

Really nice!!

Thank you for posting!!

 airplane   cheerful 

There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2463 times:

Love it! Thanks for sharing that with us!

Merry Christmas,

------Forever Watchin' The Sky------
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2420 times:

Great stuff.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1447 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

That is really good! Any chance you are gonna publish lol?

Roar, lion, roar
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