Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Out of the clear blue sky

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,357

    Out of the clear blue sky

    http://www.mynews4.com/news/story/Si...4VlU61VXQ.cspx

    This happened a couple miles from my house. I finally got my trip into town on the third try. Road was closed for about 4 hours today.

    I've been driving with my eyes on the rear view mirror today.

    I can't imagine just tooling down the highway, all clear in front, all clear in back, when all of a sudden a plane going twice your speed slams into you from behind out of nowhere.

    It's amazing nobody got hurt.
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Posts
    1,930
    Must have been a wild ride for the dog in the back. I read the plane burst into flames. Thankfully, no one got seriously hurt and it didn't set a fire in the desert (especially with our drought). Makes you think twice about maybe having up-view mirrors

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Escondido, CA
    Posts
    5,167
    Roads are dangerous places to land airplanes. Actually did that with a flight instructor on board on the then 2 lane Carefree Highway in Arizona in the middle '70's. We were to practice an engine out landing exercise. Problem was, the engine quit when he cut the throttle and really wouldn't restart. Only other party involved was a motorcycle rider who swerved off into the desert as I sailed directly overhead and touched down on the road in front of him.

    Well, not counting the cops who showed up and the FAA guys we had to explain to. The diagnosis was vapor lock and after 3 hours of cooling off the engine, it restarted and with the deputies blocking the highway, we took off for the airport. They didn't close the highway for three hours (only for the time to take-off) but one deputy hung around and directed traffic past the airplane for the duration. He said this was one for the books as far as he was concerned. Life was simple then.
    ++++++

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Delton, Michigan
    Posts
    17,470
    been down that road in a couple of RV's and survived.. lucky fir us
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Reno, Nv
    Posts
    3,632
    Figures...the guy was from California!
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Posts
    4,944
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Burr View Post
    Figures...the guy was from California!
    Just read Carol's signature---That explains it all.

    I hope Carol's and my California gave you a good laugh today.

    Enjoy,
    JimB
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.
    VOTING MEMBER

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Reno, Nv
    Posts
    3,632
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Just read Carol's signature---That explains it all.

    I hope Carol's and my California gave you a good laugh today.

    Enjoy,
    JimB
    I did...since I was there doing disaster training today...it was my obviously poor attempt humor.
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Posts
    1,930
    Yeh, I always got a little nervous when my engine quit over all the night lights of LA and I looked over at my instructor with a snicker on his face, asking me where I planned to land. Luckily we never had a Carol experience (well until I tell you about the Grand Canyon trip)

    On the other hand, I always got a thrill doing engine stalls over the Pacific ocean. Nothing like heading straight down towards the water and hoping you get enough air speed to start the engine

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Escondido, CA
    Posts
    5,167
    Yikes, Sharon. Height over water is so deceiving. No depth perception at all. I remember para-sailing off the coast of Mazatlan. Felt like I could reach out a toe and dip it in the water and I was ~150 feet up. All my flying was over desert and mountains. No over water experience to speak of. Talk about a hobby that got too pricey to stay in!
    ++++++

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Posts
    3,798
    Flying down the highway is plane dangerous

    yes definitely lucky no injuries!
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

Similar Threads

  1. Sun's Up. Clear Skies.
    By Carol Reed in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 04-27-2014, 02:10 PM
  2. can someone make this clear
    By allen levine in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 03-18-2011, 05:48 AM
  3. Clear the Roads!
    By Ned Bulken in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-15-2009, 01:34 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •