CosmicCruiser
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Last Flight

Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:53 pm

well I flew my last flight a few days ago so I'll probably be posting less since I won't be "current" or up to speed on all the new and cool info and gadgets. Hopefully no one cares that I posted this here since this was the forum I usually hung out at and most of the guys I've gotten to know are on this form. Fly safe y'all

CosmicCruiser..........ret.
 
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:21 am

Congratulations on a long career getting things to and from the world on time   I guess now it's time to look forward to being well rested on a consistent basis.

I think all any of us here on the forum hope for is that now we can start hearing more of your favorite stories from over the years, especially for those of us who only flew stuff in the 12,500 lb and under category.
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:59 am

Retired for good? And no flying of any kind?

I retired early and took over the family business. But that's squared away and doesn't need me full time, so I've floated the resume around (after updating the logbooks) and had an immediate offer (which I declined). But another offer is being negotiated...

In the meantime, I've done a bit of G.A. flying and I'm giving a lot of time to looking for the right deal on a sailplane.

So - no flying of any kind for you?

Finally, congratulations for completing a long and safe career.
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:27 am

Congratulations on your retirement Cosmic! I've always enjoyed your posts and wealth of knowledge, keep it coming!

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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:31 am

Thanks guys I really appreciate your kind words. Actually I do think I'll do some GA flying, I mean after all most all of my life has been in the cockpit of something be it J-3 or MD-11. I do plan on getting good rest for a change. I can say it was a wonderful journey and those still on the journey should remember to have FUN! Don't make it unpleasant! CC
 
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:26 am

Happy retirement cosmic!

That bright thing up in the sky no longer means it's time to sleep!
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:47 am

Congratulations, cosmicruiser.

And, where you really that close to the age 60 cutoff when they changed the rule five years ago? Juuuust barely snuck in there if you just turned 65!

I second what Aaron747 said about occasionally posting a memorable story. You have surely seen a lot in as many hours in the cockpit over the years.

And from your background...definitely enjoy getting the opportunity to get a good night's sleep every night of the year and at the hours of your choosing!
 
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:25 am

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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:40 am

Cosmic,

You can start by telling us about how your last week on the line went  

tds,

you meant one of these right?



I couldn't find any MD-11 water cannon shots even through google. Do they not do that for the heavy haul drivers??
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:48 am

Congrats on completion of a fantastic carrier.....looking forward to you continuing to share your knowledge with the rest of us out here.

I'm sure we'll read a lot more of your posts in the TR section too.
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:53 pm

Congratulations CosmicCruiser. I wish you a Happy Retirement.
 
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:10 pm

My very best wishes!
Congratulations on making it to the end. As we all know, a lot don't.

As for not posting as much, there is a lot to be said for experience, and often the "old ways" of doing things were the best.
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:14 pm

I get to do the retirement gig on 1/3/13 however; have enjoyed a few weeks off prior to the date and will tell you, NOTHING like having your own schedule to do with whatever it is you desire that minute......SO

Congratulation CosmicCruiser on your retirement and a long happy well rested life ahead. Shame we didn't get a chance to knowingly speak to one another over the radio, but one day our paths may yet cross.
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:26 pm

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 6):
here you really that close to the age 60 cutoff when they changed the rule five years ago? Juuuust barely snuck in there if you just turned 65!

Yeah I was within 2 months! I'll be 65 in Feb. but here at Fedex if your birthday is close to the front of the year it's better to go out in Dec.

Quoting pilotpip (Reply 5):
That bright thing up in the sky no longer means it's time to sleep!

You got that right! especially east bound over the Atlantic and just about coast out "here comes the sun"

Quoting tb727 (Reply 3):
If you ever get the urge to sit sideways and go fast in the 3-holer we are always hiring!

Hey don't tempt me! Let's see 1A, off 2B on interconnect closed, is that right?

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 8):
You can start by telling us about how your last week on the line went  

Actually I bid a rather easy flight MEM-HNL-OAK-SEA-ANC-MEM and all went smooth. The first leg had the satcom deferred so we had no CPDLC after that nothing significant. My F/O was nice and considerate to allow me to fly every leg. ANC was very cold and going in that morning the wind was from the north at 18-25kts so we shot a visual to 33. The HUD makes that a piece of cake. Last landing in MEM I chose a no A/T, no A/P approach and landing. Again the HUD makes it easy.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 8):
Do they not do that for the heavy haul drivers??

Yes they do but for my last landing in MEM it was during the night inbounds so there really wasn't a good place to do it nor would my family see it. I've seen it done in daytime. However since I always bid STN for years, on my last weekend layover there the Fedex mechanics did arrange the "carwash" as we taxied out. That was very special. What a great group of guys there at STN. anyone know these guys tell them I said so! STN ramp and the Cambridge layovers will always be my most fond memories.
 
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:08 pm

Congrats and thanks for your knowledgeable and insightful contributions here over the years!
 
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:44 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 8):
I couldn't find any MD-11 water cannon shots even through google.

Me either. So I just went with a really pretty one.

Tom.
 
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:53 pm

Congratulations CosmicCruiser! Been enjoying your posts for years, and hope you will continue to contribute.

I always like seeing the FedEx MD-10/11s approaching and departing LAX. They climb out of there like no other airplanes (though I've heard that's because they're just flying up to BUR or something...).

In your honor, one of my favorite photos that I've taken in the last year:


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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:25 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 16):
They climb out of there like no other airplanes (though I've heard that's because they're just flying up to BUR or something...).

....like our FX MDs to AMS from STN - gorgeous sight, and any driver of those things deserves serious veneration. I hope you enjoy your retirement and continue to contribute your rich knowledge of what we all here enjoy as much as you can.
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:28 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 16):
and hope you will continue to contribute.

well I'll be pretty low profile since I won't be able to say "this is what our manual says" anymore and believe me just what I've seen in crew bulletins there's a lot of very cool stuff coming the Fedex pilots way in the near future.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 16):
In your honor, one of my favorite photos that I've taken in the last year:

Thanks so much for the picture and your kind thoughts.
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:10 pm

Hi CosmicCruiser, Again Happy Retirement. I just figured out where you retired from, and I wonder if you ever flew N558FE? She use to be N901WA a long time ago with Western. I am sure you flew on a few metal I use to work on, and if you flew N527FE I help accepted her from MDC in Long Beach as N812DE. I am sure you will enjoy your retirement, and looking fwd to seeing your post in the future.
 
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RE: Last Flight

Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:01 pm

Quoting n901wa (Reply 19):
if you flew N527FE I help accepted her from MDC in Long Beach as N812DE.

I did a very quick run through of N numbers I flew and saw 527FE more than a few times but not 558FE. May have just missed it. Thanks CC
 
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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:09 am

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 13):
Actually I bid a rather easy flight MEM-HNL-OAK-SEA-ANC-MEM and all went smooth. The first leg had the satcom deferred so we had no CPDLC after that nothing significant. My F/O was nice and considerate to allow me to fly every leg. ANC was very cold and going in that morning the wind was from the north at 18-25kts so we shot a visual to 33. The HUD makes that a piece of cake. Last landing in MEM I chose a no A/T, no A/P approach and landing. Again the HUD makes it easy.

Sounds like a great way to go out. Do a long leg out to HNL to watch the palm trees sway, handle the gusty stuff in ANC one last time, and bring her home. Thanks for sharing!

Based on my conversations with other people on the freight side of the biz, nobody ever misses layovers in ANC.

I managed to dig a couple pictures of N525FE out of the archives from when you guys used to fly into NGO (these are from back in 2007):

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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:05 am

layovers in ANC in the summer are cool; winter VERY cool (bloody freezing)! Thanks for the pictures Aaron747. I saw NRT & KIX a lot and one other military charter but can't remember where. great pics!
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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:05 am

Congrats on a great career! We'll miss you up there.   

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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:08 am


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Congratulations, Cosmic. A successful career like yours is certainly something to be proud of!

Around here, you've always been a true gentleman, and your contributions are always as entertaining as they are informative. I hope your experiences in the GA world will inspire more stories and insight that you'll share with us.

Here's to many more enjoyable flights unconstrained by pesky schedules!
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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:11 am

Congrats on an undoubtedly stellar career! FedEx is certainly one of the places us younger guys in the industry dream of ending up. Did you by chance ever fly the Valsan 727s while you were there?

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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:25 am

I don't visit these forums very much, but thanks for sharing! It must have been nice living the dream. Are you glad to be done or does a part of you wish you could keep going? Just curious. I hope you enjoy your years of retirement to the fullest!
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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:51 pm

Congratulations on reaching your ret.
I am , as a matter of fact, looking forward to many more fruitful discussions with you on this site.
Give flying a bit of a rest, you'll enjoy it the more.

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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:54 pm

Congratulations Cosmic, and thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with us!

Happy retirement,

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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:42 pm

First, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the nice comments. I wish we could all meet at a local pub and I could shake each of your hands

Quoting FlyMKG (Reply 25):
Did you by chance ever fly the Valsan 727s while you were there?

Yes I did as a 727 capt and it was always a hoot to fly. The extra power made you adjust the deck angle differently from the standard -200 attitudes. It was fun.

Quoting AmericanAirFan (Reply 26):
Are you glad to be done or does a part of you wish you could keep going? Just curious.

Absolutely part of me wants to keep going. I'll miss the int'l layovers and the company of some really fine pilots. I won't miss being constantly jet-lagged or trying to sleep knowing you've got only 4 more hours until alert call. I know some of you here can certainly relate to that!
 
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RE: Last Flight

Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:45 pm

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 29):
I wish we could all meet at a local pub and I could shake each of your hands

Drop us a line if you're coming through London!   
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RE: Last Flight

Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:47 am

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 30):
Drop us a line if you're coming through London!

Too bad We didn't get together back when I was holding STN weekends!
 
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RE: Last Flight

Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:54 am

If you ever make it out to Japan again, some hot yakitori skewers and cold beer are on tap for ya!
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RE: Last Flight

Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:24 am

sounds great and I must say I really enjoyed Japan.
 
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RE: Last Flight

Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:34 am

Well, should you ever decide to go take a look at Prague, the beer is on me  

Thanks for all the good reading.
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RE: Last Flight

Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:47 am

Congrats! Your number of takeoffs was roughly equal to the number of landings, and for that we can all be thankful  
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RE: Last Flight

Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:15 pm

Quoting CosmicCruiser (Reply 31):
Too bad We didn't get together back when I was holding STN weekends!

Oh man! Yup - I've been at STN for about seven years now. Any likeliehood of you passing through some time?
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RE: Last Flight

Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:36 pm

Quoting Fabo (Reply 34):
Well, should you ever decide to go take a look at Prague, the beer is on me

My wife is Czech and I've been not only to Praha but many other places across Czech. You can't beat the beer there!

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 36):
I've been at STN for about seven years now. Any likeliehood of you passing through some time?

I plan on getting over to see an airshow or two and of course see the good folks I hung out with. whenever I have a date I'll let you know.
 
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RE: Last Flight

Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:35 pm

Happy retirement cosmic!

At least you flew the princess of the skies till the end! So tell us, was your last one a greaser?

You'll always be welcome in the front of a blue bird from AMS.

Enjoy!

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RE: Last Flight

Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:08 pm

Quoting airbuster (Reply 38):
was your last one a greaser?


You'll always be welcome in the front of a blue bird from AMS.

Well thanks a million! that would be quite an honor.

As for my last ldg,I figured what the heck so no auto throttles and no a/p. It was good enough for me to walk away with a smile!
 
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RE: Last Flight

Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:49 am

Quoting airbuster (Reply 38):
So tell us, was your last one a greaser?

I always remember years ago, when I was a B767 F/O, I had the honour of flying with a gentleman on his last flight. On this occasion it was FCO-YYZ. He was a great guy, and someone I held with a great deal of respect.

His last landing? Thumped it on something fierce!!!! I couldn't believe it when after the second bounce and firmly on the ground, he commanded "Go-around, Flaps" and firewalled the thrust levers! Off we went again, and after all the drill items were completed he turned to me and said "I'm going to try that one again!".

I almost pissed I was laughing so hard. His second landing? Superb!
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RE: Last Flight

Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:53 am

Congrats, CosmicCruiser! Wish I had known, I would have listened in for you on your last flight into and out of SEA. Enjoy your retirement!
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RE: Last Flight

Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:58 am

Congrats CC!

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 12):
I get to do the retirement gig on 1/3/13

The skies over Houston will, once again, be safe.

Congrats DS!

[Edited 2012-12-30 22:59:33]
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RE: Last Flight

Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:09 pm

Quoting longhauler (Reply 40):
he turned to me and said "I'm going to try that one again!".

Genius! after all what are going to say? good decision

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 41):
I would have listened in for you on your last flight into and out of SEA.

we got there very early on that rainy morning of the 19th and left equally early the morning of the 20th. I did make it to Etta's for lunch!
 
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RE: Last Flight

Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:21 pm

Congratulations on a very successful career, sir!

I'm new here, so unfortunately didn't get to see much of your wisdom pop up in the threads that I have posted in, but I will be sure to read through some of your posts at some point.

Enjoy your retirement!

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