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What is a sandwich and other questions.

Some time back – about 50 years more or less – there was a controversy in the airline industry over the definition of a sandwich. Coach class flights did not serve complete meals. They served sandwiches. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) came under attack for serving gorgeous, artfully arranged and delicious open faced sandwiches on their coach […]

Overheard on an airliner somewhere in the USA . . .

Boarding passenger: “I just got stung by a bee outside the airport and it hurts like heck. Do you have some ice I could put on it?” Pilot, standing next to cabin attendant at the door: “That’ll be one dollar.” Cabin attendant: “Sure. I’ll get it for you.” Passenger: “Could you put the ice cube […]

It wasn’t even Friday the 13th!

Wierd doings on planet earth yesterday: In Milwaukee Keith Walendowski, 56, was charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor or disorderly conduct while armed. It seems Mr. Walendowski became angry when his lawn mower wouldn’t start Wednesday morning and shot the Lawn Boy dead. “I can do that, it’s my […]

I’m Feeling the Pain . . .

Ouch! I just booked my annual flight to Maine for a week of R&R at Moody Beach in October. The cost was more than double what it was last year, and of course that doesn’t include any of the EXTRA FEES that we know about and also those we don’t yet know about, but I’m […]

The Organic Stratocruiser

Or should that read organitized? Organistic? Organequipped? My spell checker is going crazy. I’d better settle on organic. Anyway, Northwest scored a public relations coup in the fall of 1959 when it installed a Heritage model Lowrey organ furnished by the Northwest Organ Co., Minneapolis in Stratocruiser 709. Always up to a challenge, the NWA […]

Stratocruiser Web Site

Two posts from Lady Skywriter in one day? Only when there is something exceptional to share that cannot wait. I have discovered a wonderful web site about the Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser. Check it out at I have been in touch with Ovi, based in Switzerland, to let him know how much I enjoy his […]

Maybe we should go back to propellers? Closer to wind power?

Eight senior US Airways pilots and the US Airline Pilots Association, which represents the airline’s 5200 pilots, have filed complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration. It seems US Airways is pressuring their pilots to carry less fuel than they feel is safe. The union took out a full page ad in USA Today on Wednesday, […]

‘B’ Words: Billions, Boarding Pass, Boring & Bonsai, or is it Bonzai?

Billions I don’t have a really good handle on what a billion dollars is. So when I read in today’s New York Times that both Delta and American Airlines reported losses in the second quarter of 2008 of over a billion dollars I know it is A LOT. But exactly how much is A LOT, […]

It All ‘Ads’ Up

The first time I saw advertising projected on the ice surface in a pro hockey venue I was astounded. At the time most non-print advertising was relegated to billboards, TV screens, placards on the interior of public transportation and store windows; with the unlikely exceptions of banner towing, sky writing (You knew I’d have to […]

Shocking News for Airline Passengers

Heard on MSNBC last evening that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its infinite wisdom has solicited a proposal from a Canadian security company to develop an airline passenger stun bracelet. YIKES! The idea is that all passengers would be forced to wear the electro-muscular disruption (EMD) bracelet, which is intended to incapacitate wearers […]