ben
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An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:06 pm

First, The Anniversary

Today we celebrate a very special anniversary. On the 6th of August 1999, 5 years ago today, I officially joined Airliners.net! Who would have guessed back then that we would still have the same top-of-page logo as today? Fascinating stuff....

That date might sound a bit more interesting when you consider that on the 6th of August 1999, there were only 331 other members of these forums, and many of our junior right wing extremist friends (not mentioning any names!) were only 10 years old... but I suspect even younger.  Insane

For the benefit of the 13,210 users who were not there in the early days, you will be happy to know that it took only 9 topics for the Civil Aviation forum to get into an Airbus vs Boeing war, 17 topics for the Non-Aviation forum to get into a religion war, but more than 500 to have our first Israel vs Palestine shouting match.

I admit to being one of the site's most boring users, making an average of only 0.756 posts per day, or 1384 in total. According to my records, 14 of those posts have been deleted, and only 4 for any reason other than "The referred to post has been deleted", which don't really count.

On the positive side, the highest RR I achieved was a lofty 64. wow.. how cool am I? only 29 places from top spot!

One of the few useful things I have contributed to this site was the audio of the last Concorde takeoff. You can listen to it here in MP3 format. Right-click the link and select 'Save Target As'. (The "American 137" comment is at 2:12, and the emotional bit is at 2:59). I can supply it as a 7MB .WAV for anyone who wants better quality.

...and of course I uploaded the odd picture:

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© Big Ben and his Big Zoom Lens


Now for the interesting bit...


The Confession

As some of you suspected, http://www.eurowhiners.net was my doing.

I acted completely alone, so nobody else should get the blame. All hate-mail to me, please.

It was done as a bit of a joke, mostly to amuse myself (small things amuse small minds.....) but it has been a bit more popular than I thought it would be.

Just the main site, not including the forum, has received more than 20,000 hits and 4,000 unique visitors in the last 3 weeks. Therefore, to offset Airliners.net's loss of advertising revenue by losing all those hits, I have made an appropriate donation to this site which takes into account current advertising payment rates. It was never supposed to get that popular and take traffic/advertising revenue away from this site.

Among those 4000+ visitors, I have had 2 of particular interest from a small town somewhere in Northern Europe. At least we now know that Johan's computer is called 'Joey' (or at least his proxy server is) Big grin. I hope he got a laugh out of the site. Adding a link to eurowhiners and airwhiners at the top of the Non-Aviation index page was a great move! Thanks Johan!

I promise I will get the Singapore_Air section online soon. I haven't had even one free second to upload it in the last 2 weeks.

Now, getting way too serious, we move on to...


The Farewell

Having said all of that, the time has come for me to move on, so I shall (etc..) now bid you all farewell.

Before I go, I will leave you with one very important piece of advice for the future: If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of hearing First Officer (or even Captain?) Ben welcoming you aboard your CharterScumAirways flight to Ibeefa, I urge you to think up a reason to get off. Anything.. feign a heart attack, a horrible illness, sudden fear of flying (very justified), whatever... it's not worth risking your life with a cowboy like me at the controls (that explains the four red PAPI lights all the way down final approach to MAN, as Leezyjet's video shows).

Cheers everyone, and goodbye...
 
UTA_flyinghigh
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:09 pm

Rhaa, rhaa, rhaa.
You cannot be leaving !

Funnily enough we arrived on a.net at almost the same time :

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Note the dates.
What can I say ?
You a very valuable asset to the forums and to this website in general; without you the LHR or the mAN meets would not have been the success that they were.
Hope to see you and your rocket launcher in Dublin soon !
However I hope you will reconsider your decision, I don't know, if you are bored from the site just get banned for a week or so and then come back Big grin

All the best !

UTA

[Edited 2004-08-06 09:13:47]
Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
 
707CMF
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:12 pm

Rhaa, rhaa, rhaa.
This is not possible.

Hold on, I have to device a new cat for this sad occasion

707
 
JGPH1A
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:18 pm

Ben - don't go !!

Thanks for Eurowhiners especially - great place to rant ! Best of luck for the future, and all the best with ChavScum Airways or whichever barrel-scraping outfit hires you  Laugh out loud

Rgds
J.
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EZYAirbus
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:29 pm

Ben im sorry to hear you are leaving you such a good friend I my self will miss you from this site aswell as a hell of a lot of other users, keep in touch and all the best for the future!

Glenn
http://www.glenneldridgeaviation.com
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:48 pm

Ben,

if you leave I will leave!, u are NOT leaving this site do you hear me?? You re NOT leaving

Glenn help me out here,

reasons:

1. I cant write good trip reports and we need you to do it after 2moz
2. Oh common Ben you rule!
3. Because I say so!
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AvianceGirlUK
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 8:24 pm

Oh well, Bens account is no longer active..
Farewell matey.. see you at TGM sometime for a drink.. and you owe me dinner!! He he..
Well Done for escaping, im sure my time is up and coming fast..
Good Luck..
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 8:30 pm

ben wont be able to tear himself from TGM.
whats up hannah? what you mean your time will come soon?
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gkirk
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 8:33 pm

He hasnt deleted himself so he can still use the site, so long as he keeps paying $5 a month.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
Andreas
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 9:05 pm

Ok, just in case all this pleading doesn't help (Please read very loud using a heavy German accent!!):


YOU VILL STAY HERE, YOU VILL NOT DARE TO LEAVVE, NOW SIT DOWN, SHUT UP AND CARRY ON!!!!!

Now does that help...is that what you needed? If so, you're free to repeat all over!  Big grin
I know it's only VfB but I like it!
 
JGPH1A
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Fri Aug 06, 2004 9:37 pm

That's what we need - someone Teutonic to take charge (oo er ! Jwenting will go mental).

Ben - listen to the nice German !
Young and beautiful and thin and gorgeous AND BANNED ! Cya at airspaceonline.com, losers
 
MYT332
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:01 am

Well whatever, i'll see you tomorrow.
One Life, Live it.
 
MD11Engineer
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:21 am

Andreas,

You forgot:

"If you insist on leawing, ve vill bring ze rubberhoses out!"  Wink/being sarcastic

Jan
Je Suis Charlie et je suis Ahmet aussi
 
aa61hvy
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:21 am

Ah you bailed....Just when things were getting good.
Go big or go home
 
Lurch
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:42 am

Oh dear what will shamrock_747 say when he gets back from sunny Florida? Dec will not be pleased Ben!
 
TomFoolery
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Sat Aug 07, 2004 3:46 am

So long, and good luck old timer! A small toast to your alternate endeavour from an ordinary 'ole joe-6-pack. May your alternative site bring a healthy following of humorists and cynics and hours of entertainment to readers across the globe!

Cheers

TF
Paper makes an airplane fly
 
Jaspike
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Mon Aug 09, 2004 3:45 am

I said it was Ben from the start (eurowhiners)... did anyone listen? No  Laugh out loud

Tom
 
aviationfreak
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Mon Aug 09, 2004 8:14 am

Before I go, I will leave you with one very important piece of advice for the future: If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of hearing First Officer (or even Captain?) Ben welcoming you aboard your CharterScumAirways flight to Ibeefa, I urge you to think up a reason to get off. Anything.. feign a heart attack, a horrible illness, sudden fear of flying (very justified), whatever... it's not worth risking your life with a cowboy like me at the controls (that explains the four red PAPI lights all the way down final approach to MAN, as Leezyjet's video shows).

No Ben, I expect you to offer me a ride on the jumpseat. Big grin


This is a big loss. I am going to miss you in the Forums. You sure know how to shock us.  Sad

All the best and take care.

Sander
I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Tue Aug 10, 2004 7:25 am

it's not worth risking your life with a cowboy like me at the controls

Cowboy?? You've got to be kidding me

I would also like to warn that in the far far distant future that he will be captain and me first officer, then I will deffinently recommend you get your sorry ass off the plane and FAST hehe.
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Andreas
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Tue Aug 10, 2004 4:40 pm

Not to forget:

Ve haff ways to make you talk..and then ve spick about ze war!!

Buddy, no way you can ignore that and just leave!
besides you can't leave with such a pathetic farewell note...JESUS!!!..sounds like you took it from the crappiest Hollywood movie ever made  Big grin Big grin


btw JGH: Jwenting can't go mental...there's a vital part of his body missing you normally need to go "mental"  Big grin
I know it's only VfB but I like it!
 
aviationfreak
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Tue Aug 10, 2004 7:44 pm

Funny guys zem Germans.

No Kaz, I would still want the jump seat. Dying in an a/c crash is the best way to go in an aviation enthusiasts point of view me thinks. At least we go with great balls of fire then.  Big grin

Sander
I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 12:17 am

LOL Sander,

In-Flight entertainment:

TopGun
Airplane
worlds deadliest air crashes


hehe
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EZYAirbus
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 4:03 am

LOL dyeing in air crashes, nearly happened sunday evening with Kaz at the wheel  Big grin, so if you do hear Captain Ben and F/O Kaz then definatly head for the nearest exit!

Glenn :P
http://www.glenneldridgeaviation.com
 
Leezyjet
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:50 am

I've been working lots for the last 4 days, so missed this thread - only saw it this arvo.

Was quite shocked to see that there is a mass exodus of all the people that I know through this website.

Do you all really have to leave ?. Can't you stay members but remain inactive for a while if you have had enough ??.

 Sad

"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
 
aviationfreak
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:07 am

I second that!


Sander
I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
 
QIguy24
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:09 am

I agree with Sander and Leezyjet. You could at least come back to us later.
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:12 am

QIguy24 ,

I have said I will only Return to A.net if i reach my goal to become a civil pilot hehe
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QIguy24
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:16 am

And you will reach that goal. Trust me. I just called the people who's going to give you pilot lessons and said some nice words to them.
So that's all taken care of  Big grin

[Edited 2004-08-10 23:17:29]
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:17 am

wow, How is Ben doing then  Big grin
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QIguy24
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 6:20 am

He's fine. He told me to say hi. hehe
And by the way he missed the life here on A-net so he promised me to come back as soon as possible  Big grin
 
SafetyDude
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 7:08 am

Ben, well said. That certainly tops my list of some of the better ways people have left.

 Smile
-Will
"She Flew For What We Stand For"
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:22 pm

QIguy24 ,

u scare me,

from me and ben.
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QIguy24
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:27 pm

Kaz,

Why is that? I don't even know you guys...
But don't worry im not a scary person Big grin
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:47 pm

^^ lol the whole phoneing thing
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QIguy24
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:50 pm

Hehe.. Dont worry  Big grin. I would never interfer in other people's life. I just wanted you and Ben to stay here on A.net  Smile

But now when it's Ben who will be your Instructor I'm sure he will let you pass Big grin
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:54 pm

lol he is not an Instructor yet. but he is going to help me with it all lol. but im sure it will not be long before he will be an instructor  Big grin
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QIguy24
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:56 pm

Aaahhh... Ok now I understand.. My head has been a little bit slow the last couple of weeks because of the heat. Big grin
I thought he was finished already.
 
Shamrock_747
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:44 pm

I'm making my return to airnet having come back from my holiday...

Sorry you're leaving Ben. You will definately be missed. I'll have to catch up with you soon.

If I see a ChavAir Tu154 from PMI making a dodgy approach to LGW in a couple of years time, I'll know who's at the controls.  Smile
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:52 pm

yes dec,

It will be a pax, as captain ben "disapeard" into the crew rest room for a few mins  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Laugh out loud
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JGPH1A
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:25 pm

Re: It will be a pax, as captain ben "disapeard" into the crew rest room for a few mins

...with lovely pouting Lolita, the leggy ChavAir Premium Class purser, former prison uniform catalogue model and three-times runner up in the Crimea Coast "Miss/Mr Drag-Queen" Competition.
Young and beautiful and thin and gorgeous AND BANNED ! Cya at airspaceonline.com, losers
 
pilot kaz
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:28 pm

Re: It will be a pax, as captain ben "disapeard" into the crew rest room for a few mins

...with lovely pouting Lolita, the leggy ChavAir Premium Class purser, former prison uniform catalogue model and three-times runner up in the Crimea Coast "Miss/Mr Drag-Queen" Competition.


alls i can say is,

Thank GOD it was not the First officer  Big grin
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KiwiNanday
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RE: An Anniversary, A Confession And A Farewell

Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:30 pm

alls i can say is,

Thank GOD it was not the First officer  Big grin


ROFLMFAO!  Big thumbs up
~Jake
Silly Islamic extremists, it's just a cartoon!

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