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Bruce
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Superstitious?

Wed Feb 09, 2000 2:52 pm

I was wondering if any of you who fly the planes do anything different or have any unusual routines that you do before a flight to ensure your safety.

What I'm talking about is things like saying a prayer, carrying any lucky charms (i.e. rabbit's foot or a picture of your wife taped to the control yoke), or anything else that might be "different" but that you always do before you take to the skies?
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RE: Superstitious?

Wed Feb 09, 2000 3:02 pm

I always carry a picture of my closest girl-friend with me in my log book. I always carry it because it keeps me going knowing that (and I quote her) she'll "always be my #1 passenger and fan!"

She can't wait for me to become an airline pilot. Sometimes, I think that's why I'm doing this... I don't want to let her down.

We're not dating or anything like that... we're just good, close friends.

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RE: Superstitious?

Wed Feb 09, 2000 3:17 pm

Ok, I have this little stuffed "thing" (red, beard, pointy tail, horns) that I call my little "Gremlin". He rides co-pilot with me whenever my instructor is not there and sits in the back the rest of the time!

Superstitious, perhaps, but noting bad has happened yet! Then again, I fly Tampicos, I need all the luck I can get! [G]

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RE: Superstitious?

Wed Feb 09, 2000 3:24 pm

Whenever I step onto a plane, as I'm coming down the jetway, I always touch the aircraft on the outside skin, near the entry door. I guess it's my way of patting it and saying, take care of us old girl.
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Ual747

Wed Feb 09, 2000 3:44 pm

LOL!! I do the same thing!!!  

Ual747 wrote:
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Whenever I step onto a plane, as I'm coming down the jetway, I always touch the aircraft on the outside skin, near the entry door. I guess it's my way of patting it and saying, take care of us old girl.
 
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RE: Superstitious?

Wed Feb 09, 2000 3:44 pm

Well, I do the same thing - touch the outside near the door when I'm boarding. I didn't think of it as superstitious though.

I wonder if any pilots superstitiously kick the tires during the walk-around!  
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RE: Superstitious?

Thu Feb 10, 2000 2:47 am

For many years I watched the military fighter pilots do this but never thought of it this way. Bet it was. This was years ago and I don't recall our newer pilots on the newer jets doing it. If you know the F-4 (USAF) aircraft, I wouldn't blame them if they kicked more than the tires!!!!
 
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RE: Superstitious?

Thu Feb 10, 2000 3:06 am

If I'm about to get in an airliner - I remind myself that the guys up front are just having another day at the office.

If I'm about to get in the club Cessna - A thorough pre-flight check seems to work!
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RE: Superstitious?

Thu Feb 10, 2000 3:34 am

I am sure all the airlines would be very happy if everyone brought a rabbit's foot on board. NOT
I always touch the aircraft too.
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