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by GDB
Sat Jun 16, 2001 4:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: ...and Just What Is A BC-17X Supposed To Be?
Replies: 3
Views: 2978

RE: ...and Just What Is A BC-17X Supposed To Be?

Yes, it's just that, a civil C-17. High civil certification costs may be a barrier to sales, but Boeing and the USAF are pressing the DoD to buy 10 as a reserve transport fleet, but US freight carriers which would operate them have yet to show any interest.

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by GDB
Fri Jun 15, 2001 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Most Prized Airline Possession?
Replies: 46
Views: 2333

RE: Your Most Prized Airline Possession?

Has to be the ticket and leather pouch carrying a superb-quality A4 booklet from a Concorde flight from Washington to London in 1993. Sadly, about 18 months ago they changed the format of the book to a cheap looking, poorly-designed, uninformative product. I'm also rather pleased with the Eastern Ai...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 15, 2001 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Disc. Concorde Service 2 Times Sq.
Replies: 13
Views: 3218

RE: British Airways Disc. Concorde Service 2 Times Sq.

Thanks Sk902hvy, they don't tell us anything here! But I don't exactly study the company newspaper too hard so could have missed something about it.

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by GDB
Fri Jun 15, 2001 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines That Cancelled Concorde Order
Replies: 12
Views: 4791

RE: Airlines That Cancelled Concorde Order

Any half-decent book on Concorde will list the 74-80 options airlines had on Concorde prior to 1973. I've read slight variations to the numbers quoted for some of the airlines listed by B747-437B, it's totally academic and both were probably accurate at various times. They were only ever options for...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 15, 2001 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Disc. Concorde Service 2 Times Sq.
Replies: 13
Views: 3218

RE: British Airways Disc. Concorde Service 2 Times Sq.

Question - Is the Concorde model in NY displaying the old colour-scheme? If yes, then it might be replaced by one in the current livery. If no, it might just need a clean, the one at LHR certainly does.

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by GDB
Fri Jun 15, 2001 8:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do You Like Geri Halliwell?
Replies: 5
Views: 1285

RE: Do You Like Geri Halliwell?

Never liked her, though she looked better in 1997. She's naturally a curvy, slightly plumpish girl, so she looks a bit weird now. It's not news that she's, as we say in England, 'mutton dressed up as lamb'. Then there's her towering lack of talent, everything that comes out of this bimbo's mouth is ...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 14, 2001 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan's Supersonic Aircraft Project
Replies: 1
Views: 2031

RE: Japan's Supersonic Aircraft Project

The chances of the relatively small Japanese Aerospace industry solving the seemingly insurmountable problems of building a 2nd generation SST are remote. They are spending yen on research, but that will be to ensure that they could grab a slice of any multinational SST programme, should one appear ...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 14, 2001 5:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Back To The Moon And On To Mars
Replies: 13
Views: 2907

RE: Back To The Moon And On To Mars

Don't write off the Moon, one of the reasons that the long-promised breakthrough in the much safer, and clean, fission power has never happened is that you really need Helium-3. Very rare and difficult to make on Earth. The Lunar surface is covered with it, as there is no atmosphere to stop the part...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 14, 2001 3:29 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Your Best Ever Flight!
Replies: 29
Views: 3539

RE: Your Best Ever Flight!

Probably the 747 test flights I went on, see post in 'your first flight', as for scheduled, still the Concorde from Washington to London in 1993.

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by GDB
Thu Jun 14, 2001 3:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Back To The Moon And On To Mars
Replies: 13
Views: 2907

RE: Back To The Moon And On To Mars

If the original post-Apollo plans for uprating the Saturn V and other projects had gone ahead, NASA could have had men on Mars in 1986. Instead, the Space Shuttle was the only project approved, which while a lot better than nothing, was exploration-wise a dead-end. The 'Mars Direct' plan devised Rob...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 14, 2001 3:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Europe's Criticism Of Bush And The Death Penalty
Replies: 63
Views: 3457

RE: Europe's Criticism Of Bush And The Death Penalty

It becomes Europe's business when some of their citizens become entangled in the US penal system's death row. There is one case of a Asian British citizen who has been death row in Florida for many years, despite poor evidence for his supposed crime. A US commentator recently pointed out the BBC tha...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 14, 2001 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential Users Of The 'Sonic Cruiser'
Replies: 28
Views: 2818

RE: Potential Users Of The 'Sonic Cruiser'

Most major carriers will buy it, if Boeing can make the technology and economics work. Excellent article on the SC in this week's Flight International, with by far the best 3-view drawing on the planned aircraft I've yet seen. Boeing might be better waiting until 2008, rather than push for 2006, to ...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 14, 2001 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Many Pax To Make Profit?
Replies: 9
Views: 2659

RE: How Many Pax To Make Profit?

On Concorde's transatlantic scheduled flights, it's about 30-40%, admittedly not exactly a typical service.

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by GDB
Tue Jun 12, 2001 8:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupidest Thing You Saw Or Heard
Replies: 31
Views: 1512

RE: Stupidest Thing You Saw Or Heard

About 3 years ago, some new staff came to the hangar to look at a Concorde, in the flight-deck, which had many live systems on, one girl asked me, 'is this a real aircraft?' A week later, another group of non-staff visitors were on board, I described the heating at supersonic speeds which causes the...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 12, 2001 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Concorde Service To JFK
Replies: 10
Views: 3639

RE: BA Concorde Service To JFK

Don't hold your breath for 01/08. I don't know how or why that info got on there.

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by GDB
Tue Jun 12, 2001 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Concorde Service To JFK
Replies: 10
Views: 3639

RE: BA Concorde Service To JFK

The fleet have been maintained throughout, to keep them in a near operational condition. This involves inspections as well as engine-runs, hydraulic, air system, flight-controls and other functions. Two a/c (OAA and OAB), are stored as they will be the last to be modified, and were due routine heavy...

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by GDB
Tue Jun 12, 2001 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Concorde Service To JFK
Replies: 10
Views: 3639

RE: BA Concorde Service To JFK

All the dates quoted are highly speculative. The cabin refit will comprise of new seats, carpets and other decor. The new toilets are for next year, along with the other more involved parts of the refit. To be honest, until a fully-modified aircraft has been test-flown, other tests completed success...

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by GDB
Mon Jun 11, 2001 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What´s The Concorde Max. Range?
Replies: 4
Views: 9350

RE: What´s The Concorde Max. Range?

No, Capt. Walpole made his 'error' three years later on a JFK-LHR charter.
Ground tests on the effects of the liners on the unuseable fuel, plus of course the results of test flights, should tell us if we are OK for BGI.
Most people seem optimistic on this subject.

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by GDB
Mon Jun 11, 2001 9:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What´s The Concorde Max. Range?
Replies: 4
Views: 9350

RE: What´s The Concorde Max. Range?

Depending on the usual weight and other factors, with max passengers and baggage - 3,500 NM, (4,030 SM). On the LHR-SIA routes a considerable part of the leg to Bahrain was overland at M0.95, so fuel burn was a lot higher, Bahrain was the best place for the refuelling stop. On the flight from Bahrai...

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by GDB
Mon Jun 11, 2001 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Employees Behaving Badly
Replies: 9
Views: 1336

Employees Behaving Badly

Have any of you airline employees out there ever seen other employees be really awkward or stupid when using their concessional travel? Ever seen or heard anything as stupid as this? It happened about two years ago; Normal evening shift, we were in the maintenance hangar control office monitoring th...

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by GDB
Sun Jun 10, 2001 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde
Replies: 2
Views: 856

RE: Concorde

For info on the possibilities of any future Concorde charters, see my posts on the thread begun by DSMav8er, 'Concorde coming to DSM'. A few pages back in this section.

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by GDB
Sun Jun 10, 2001 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Trivia!
Replies: 12
Views: 1686

RE: 747 Trivia!

A 'KC-747' refuelling tanker was proposed for the USAF, tests were carried out with the first 747 with a dummy flying boom fitted, the USAF went for the KC-10 instead. The Iranian Air Force brought a bunch of second-hand 747's in the mid-1970's for conversion into tanker/cargo aircraft. One was lost...

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by GDB
Sun Jun 10, 2001 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Labour Win General Election
Replies: 23
Views: 1699

RE: Labour Win General Election

Portillo admitted to homosexual relationships in his teens, there had been rumours on the grapevine for years. He's married now, no kids. Petty stuff, but the blue-rinse demented old bats who make up so much of the Tory party membership won't forgive him, once favourite son of the ultimate demented ...

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by GDB
Sun Jun 10, 2001 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Naming
Replies: 1
Views: 961

RE: Concorde Naming

I very much doubt if BA will reverse it's policy on not naming Concordes.
But who knows what Marketing have up their sleeves.
Perhaps it might be more appropriate if the hangar G-BSST/002 is displayed in at Yeovilton could be named after him.

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by GDB
Sun Jun 10, 2001 2:25 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Want To Fly A Specific Airline Or Plane?
Replies: 21
Views: 3420

RE: Want To Fly A Specific Airline Or Plane?

Always good to try a new aircraft, or airline, but all modern airliners don't have significant differences. Saying that, I hear the cabin on a 777 is very roomy. Although I've flown it before, I intend doing a few more Concorde flights if the service resumes. I missed out on the first generation jet...

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by GDB
Sun Jun 10, 2001 2:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: What's The Weirdest Or Strangest Trip You Had?
Replies: 27
Views: 3577

RE: What's The Weirdest Or Strangest Trip You Had?

I suppose the strangest flights were my first two, test-flights on BA B747's, more details in my post in the 'Your first flight' thread on this page. Back in October 1993, there was just the four of us on a US-Air B737-400 on a night-flight from Las Vegas to LAX. We were seated in first, no food was...

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by GDB
Sat Jun 09, 2001 7:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rating TV And The Movies
Replies: 4
Views: 1869

RE: Rating TV And The Movies

Hey G Dubya, ever seen French films? It's all art of course! And the actresses are the hottest.

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by GDB
Sat Jun 09, 2001 7:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Labour Win General Election
Replies: 23
Views: 1699

RE: Labour Win General Election

The BNP have been stirring up trouble in Oldham for months, culminating in the trouble recently, then they got the political benefits. In every other seat they stood in, they averaged out 0.08% of the vote, as opposed to 16% in the two Oldham seats. Whenever they go 'campaining' there is always a ri...

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by GDB
Sat Jun 09, 2001 7:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Any "L-1011" Tankers Like The KC-10?
Replies: 10
Views: 5227

RE: Any "L-1011" Tankers Like The KC-10?

The RAF E-3D AWACS have a refuelling probe next to the original boom receptacle. The C-17s are officially only on lease, but if the A400M does not happen, and the RAF increases the C-17 to 12, then they'll want to look at a similar mod to the E-3D's.

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by GDB
Sat Jun 09, 2001 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Coming To Dsm?
Replies: 11
Views: 1741

RE: Concorde Coming To Dsm?

Gordonroxburgh, the charter operation you described is similar to what BA used to do. Cancellations were rare as we usually had a standby for the scheduled services, but it did happen. The charter middlemen were often companies set up by ex-BA employees. The most profitable ones were the bi-annual r...

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by GDB
Sat Jun 09, 2001 2:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rating TV And The Movies
Replies: 4
Views: 1869

RE: Rating TV And The Movies

1) Story/Writing is the most important, which is why most films and many TV shows are garbage. 2) Suspense level, in the required films-most 'thrillers' are not. 3) Theme, most sequels/remakes are rubbish, so originality comes in here too. 4) Cast, but biggest/most famous/most expensive is not alway...

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by GDB
Sat Jun 09, 2001 12:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Labour Win General Election
Replies: 23
Views: 1699

RE: Labour Win General Election

Glad the Tories got thrashed, so up their own backside that they cannot see how they are making the same mistakes that Labour made in the 1980's. Harder for them too, as they think that they have a god-given right to govern. Distressing to see the BNP do well in Oldham, but it's a flash in the pan. ...

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by GDB
Sat Jun 09, 2001 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Coming To Dsm?
Replies: 11
Views: 1741

RE: Concorde Coming To Dsm?

BA charters were always full, the trouble was that the lower end of the charter market ended-up costing BA more to operate it than they got back, after the charter operater took their cut. The most common were 2 hour supersonic joy-rides off the UK and French coasts, prices started at around £600 (a...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 08, 2001 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why I Fear The 737 And The 320.
Replies: 51
Views: 3631

RE: We're Nuts

My understanding is that the B737 rudder fix won't be fully implemented across the worldwide fleet until 2007.
Boeing acted like most companies, the FAA should be asked why it took so long to recognise and then order rectification of the problem.

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by GDB
Fri Jun 08, 2001 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Of 757 And 767
Replies: 3
Views: 2828

RE: Future Of 757 And 767

I think the Sonic Cruiser, if it's actually built, will effectively replace the B767. As for the B757, that will go if and when Boeing finally decides on a family of aircraft to replace the B737NG, which probably won't be before 2010.

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by GDB
Fri Jun 08, 2001 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Coming To Dsm?
Replies: 11
Views: 1741

RE: Concorde Coming To Dsm?

Hard to say with AF, for many years there's always been reports that AF were going to wind-up their Concorde operation, but it kept going. Probably goverment pressure causing AF to try to restart now. BA have always done the larger number number of charters, they started them in 1978. But BA's fleet...

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by GDB
Fri Jun 08, 2001 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Uncovers Sabotage On Renton B737's
Replies: 18
Views: 2120

RE: Boeing Uncovers Sabotage On Renton B737's

Boeing's had a lot of industrial problems.

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by GDB
Fri Jun 08, 2001 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Names For New Virgin Atlantic Aircraft
Replies: 31
Views: 5663

RE: Names For New Virgin Atlantic Aircraft

Here's some Branson WON'T use, sorry if some of them are a bit obscure for non-UK members.

Bearded Twat
Panic In A Balloon
Lottery Loser
Fisting In Heaven
Wandering Hands
Terrible Trains



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by GDB
Fri Jun 08, 2001 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential Orders For The B 747-400D
Replies: 6
Views: 3326

RE: Potential Orders For The B 747-400D

Boeing always considered India and China as potential 747SR/D customers, but India's airline industry has never grown sufficently, while China's has fragmented. Before US Deregulation in 1978, Boeing even thought that some of the big US domestic carriers potential operators.

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by GDB
Thu Jun 07, 2001 11:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: British C-17
Replies: 32
Views: 33129

RE: British C-17

Flight International reported that the first RAF aircraft was the third with an extended range tank, plus GATM avionics, which implies these have been incorporated from line no.70.

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by GDB
Thu Jun 07, 2001 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best-Looking Russian Plane....My Vote: Tu-204
Replies: 31
Views: 2954

RE: Best-Looking Russian Plane....My Vote: Tu-204

I agree with Shankly, the TU-114. I'd loved to have seen one of those, the nearest was seeing a TU-95 Bear at IAT a few years back.
The IL-96 isn't bad.
I should like the TU-144 and IL-62, but cannot help seeing them as poor copies of aircraft, that are better looking anyway, (Concorde and VC-10).

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by GDB
Thu Jun 07, 2001 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Coming To Dsm?
Replies: 11
Views: 1741

RE: Concorde Coming To Dsm?

BA at least is going to concentrate on getting the full LHR-JFK service back to normal for the forseeable future, then probably the LHR-BGI service. That's where the money is made, charters, even at their peak, only made about 9% of the profits. Even before the accident, BA were steadily going to re...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 07, 2001 5:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: British C-17
Replies: 32
Views: 33129

RE: British C-17

Apparently the RAF have an option to increase their C-17 fleet to 12 if the A400M does not appear. The four being delivered now have additional fuel tankage.

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by GDB
Thu Jun 07, 2001 5:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Area-51, Read This And Comment Please.
Replies: 26
Views: 2525

RE: Area-51, Read This And Comment Please.

I think Jwenting hit the nail on the head. Aliens, UFO's and the like belong with Astrology, faires, Santa Claus and belief in a flat Earth. In 1938, Orson Wells broadcast a radio play version of HG Wells 'War Of The Worlds'. Across the US, thousands of people listening to the story, told in the man...

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by GDB
Thu Jun 07, 2001 5:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best TV Shows
Replies: 13
Views: 1897

RE: Best TV Shows

The Sopranos
The Cops, (Uncompromising UK drama series)
Faulty Towers
Spaced
Brass Eye, Jam, (Ultra dark humour UK satire/sketch shows)
The Sweeney
The Fast Show
First two series of Absolutely Fabulous

That about covers stuff I really love that's recent or repeated often.

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by GDB
Wed Jun 06, 2001 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Vertical Takeoff Civil Jet; Is It Possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 2969

RE: A Vertical Takeoff Civil Jet; Is It Possible?

I've not seen impressions of HS VTOL airliners in Eastern schemes, but it wouldn't have surprised me. They were an innovative-thinking airline when it came to future requiements. What eventually came out of all these HS studies was the rather smaller HS/BAe-146. And that aircraft was really given a ...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 06, 2001 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A388=Concorde?
Replies: 25
Views: 1574

RE: A388=Concorde?

No comparison, the A380 is actually a rather conservative design-that's what airlines want. Concorde was a truly ground-breaking aircraft. Concorde was designed in a different age, Airbus spent years seeking input from airlines into the A380 design, that sort of thing just didn't happen in the early...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 06, 2001 3:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Too Young?
Replies: 9
Views: 1268

RE: Too Young?

Yes, the whole child-star thing stinks, and it's not so new. Look how miserable Judy Garland was for most of the her life. More recently, the child cast of 'Different Strokes'. At 8-9 years, this new lot probably won't be around for long, (where's Hanson now?). The real creepiest thing I've seen inv...

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by GDB
Wed Jun 06, 2001 3:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 Things Guys Know About Girls!
Replies: 29
Views: 3239

RE: 10 Things Guys Know About Girls!

I think this is a good place to quote the sadly-missed American Comedian, Bill Hicks. 'I think I learned about women, and the fall of man, from the Garden Of Eden, one day Adam says to Eve;' "Wow Eve, here we are, at one with god, at one with nature, we'll never age, we'll never die, and all our dre...

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