The world of civil aviation, as large and dynamic as it is, can also be rather insular and word tends to get around quickly. One of the results of this tight knit community is that rumors tend to fly (no pun intended) fast and furious around the community.
I fly for a large US carrier, and one of my favorites (and also one of the most absurd!) that has started to circulate recently is that we are bringing the L1011 back online next summer to accommodate extra capacity. Someone even posted it on our official facebook page, and the comments were hilarious. Some people actually believed the rumor and were commenting, negatively or positively, about how they felt about this. Unbelievable! I posted the pic below with a comment to the tune of "oh yeah, a few doors, engines and a paint job and our tech ops guys will have this up and running in no time..."
Photo © David Oates
So what are some of your favorite rumors that you've heard running around the community over the years, true or false?
Happy flying to all,