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Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:45 pm

A few months ago I found that I once had Alastair Atchison as a co-pilot on a BA flight was on. He was the First Officer who in June 1990 safely landed his BAC 1-11 at Southampton after the Captain, Tim Lancaster was partially sucked out of the cockpit in a decompression (and incidentally survived and was still flying up to a few years ago with Easyjet). I found out through a friend of mine at BA that he had been the Captain of a 747-400 I had been on.

This got me wondering if anyone else has any recollections of flying with any notable for famous pilots.
 
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:50 pm

Flown with Niki Lauda from VIE to FRA in 2007. Wearing his red cap as usual. Not famous in aviation, nonetheless famous.
 
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:40 pm

Maybe we were on the same flight   I flew on the inaugural Niki-Service from VIE to FRA and he was indeed the captain. The aircraft was brand new as well.
 
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:15 am

Anyone ever flown with Bruce Dickinson?

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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:15 am

I flew left seat with Royce Barnwell occupying the right seat of an A-26. He had more A-26 time, at over 6000 hours, than anyone on earth. I was a PPL and 17 years old and I hung on to that beast for dear life while Royce coached our howling trip down the runway. I'll never be able to experience anything like that again.

Royce once took off, single engine, in a crippled A-26 and flew on one engine across the Sahara desert in WWII.
 
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:51 pm

I don't think I ever have but somebody posted once on a.net that while talking to an AC pilot after a flight, he found out it was Captain Bob Pearson of Gimli Glider fame.
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:05 am

I've flown in a company Lear with Tom McMurtry, former director of flight ops at NASA, test pilot and 747 Shuttle Carrier pilot/project coordinator. Lots of Google entries for him. Also flew F-104's, SR-71 and many more. Great guy.
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:19 am

Judge Lance Ito.

Ok, ok, ok, the Southwest pilot was having a little fun flying down to Los Angeles back during the O.J. Simpson trial and all the crew members had nicknames that were named after all involved in the O.J. Simpson case.
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:50 pm

I don't know.

I always wanted to meet Clayton Taylor, who writes for Airways Magazine. I always look for him at DTW, but never seen him. He is a A330 FO at DL. I will be flying on a DL A330 this August again so maybe I'll run into him. The times I flew on a NW A330 I never saw him.
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:06 pm

Quoting falstaff (Reply 8):
I always wanted to meet Clayton Taylor, who writes for Airways Magazine.

Oh yeah, like his articles.
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:21 pm

Quoting N49WA (Reply 6):
747 Shuttle Carrier pilot/project coordinator.

WN had a space shuttle pilot (Hoot Gibson) flying for them but believe he is now retired.
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:55 pm

Dennis Fitch (United 232, Sioux City DC-10) captained my United 777, San Fran (or Seattle) to Chicago, back in 2000.
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:22 pm

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 10):

WN had a space shuttle pilot (Hoot Gibson) flying for them but believe he is now retired.

Indeed. I remember him complaining about the mandatory retirement age. I think he retired in the mid to early 2000's.
 
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:44 pm

Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 11):
Dennis Fitch (United 232, Sioux City DC-10) captained my United 777, San Fran (or Seattle) to Chicago, back in 2000.

Damn, you must have felt very very safe? Reading back the CVR transcripts and knowing what he did working the throttles you just know you have the best pilot possible flying your Triple-7!
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:47 pm

Yvonne Sintes who was Britain's first woman jet aircraft captain flew me from PMI to LGW on a Dan Air BAC1-11 many years ago.
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RE: Ever Flown With A Famous Pilot?

Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:27 pm

Yep, flew with Capt. Doug Morris, author of From the Flight Deck and Air Canada's enRoute magazine article Ask the Pilot from YVR-YEG-YVR in May '09. He is a really great guy (he even signed a copy of the enRoute magazine for me!).
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