Put the phone down and lower the landing gear, please...

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    http://www.theage.com.au/travel/tra...obile-phone-20120419-1x9ed.html#ixzz1sTdSnx1B

     
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    Many years ago, I read the memoir of the commanding officer of a USMC OV-10 squadron in Vietnam (unfortunately, can't remember the title). One story he relates is of one of his pilots who came in for a landing...... and FORGOT to lower his landing gear!! :eek: He didn't realize he forgot to lower the gear until AFTER he landed!!! :eek: The CO's response was basically, "Could've happened to any of us." If that happened now, some careers would be in serious jeopardy!
     
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    Amazing! Love the military of old. A lot more lax esp in regards to their pilots!
     
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    Most towers in Vietnam at the time told the offending pilots to lower their gear. Combat, especially low altitude spotter stuff like Marine OV-10's did, causes huge stress. lots of them had damage and those that did not had seen it. Towers routinely protected pilots. In a similar situation today, were it to happen, I'd count on wing commanders to have the same reaction. I never forgot to put gear down, but I rarely was shot at either. Although I was not a US Marine I lived at a Marine Air Wing facility during that war and I saw what was happening. Anyway a gear-up landing did not damage those beasts much, they really could take a lot of beating.
     
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