As I said before, I guess I'm a little partial to Northwest Airlines...and for good reason. The first time I ever flew Delta was the first time that I could not fly NWA. On that first flight with Delta, the engine exploded on take-off. It took the captain over thirty minutes to tell the passengers what had happened, and he said that he had been in contact with the maintenance personnel in Atlanta. We had just left the ground in Salt Lake City. Not too many people were pleased with any of this.
Aviation is proof that, given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.