Wolf 359 Challenge Day 27

Day 27: One Thing You Would Change About the Series

I would’ve started writing for it sooner. More fun for me. 

Originally posted by brunette-spectacles

No, no, no. I’ll give a serious answer. I think pretty much everyone on the team would want to mulligan the pilot - for the structure to be slightly different, for the characters to be slightly more who they are right off the bat. It’s something I think about whenever I see a post from someone who’s just starting the show. A lot of podcasts are amazing right out of the gate. Their pilots are thesis statements, in a way ours definitely is not. It’s not reflective of everything we can do. How many more folks could we pack onto our mad downward spiral of a rollercoaster if we had that do-over? 

To be clear, I think Gabriel did a bang-up job - and I edited the beast so I had my chance to put my money where my comments were - but knowing what we know now? I’d love for us to have another crack at it.  

The Challenge

Harrison Ford is a goddamn hero

Seriously, the media makes it seem like he lost control of his aircraft and crashed. 
NO. 

THAT IS NOT IT. 

IF HE HAD LOST CONTROL OF THE PLANE, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD. 
THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN SCRAPING HIM OFF OF THE GROUND AND COLLECTING THE PLANE IN 5 GALLON BUCKETS. 

NOW. 
LEMME LEARN YOU A THING OF TWELVE. 
*achem*
1. Harrison Ford has been flying since he was 52. The man is a goddamn amazing pilot. He’s been a speaker for several different national aviation organizations, including the AOPA (here he is speaking about back country flying) Aviation experts have been amazed at how well he was able to handle the plane. (here)
2. He can fly both helicopters, biplanes (that’s two wings, people), prop planes, both modern and vintage, as well as work on them. 
3. He’s saved 4 different people on three different occasions due to his piloting skills and willingness to volunteer his time, personal aircraft, and money. (google it bitches. to hire a private pilot is about $1000/hr, plus fuel. he volunteered).
4. The plane: Here’s where I loose my shit. 

See this plane? This baby is older than Harrison Ford himself. It’s a Corsair XF4U-1 (EDIT: I got this wrong. It’s not a Corsair. It’s a Ryan PT-22), first  flown around 1941 for the US Navy & Marines during World War II.
How do I know this? Simple: Look at the insignia on the bottom of the wing. See the blue circle, white star, & red circle? looks like this: 

This was required on all US Navy & Marine aircraft flown & operated in the 1920s through the 1940s. (EDIT: Thanks to an anon’s great question, I wanted to make something clearer. The reason I specified “Navy & Marines,” is because the Army Air Corps was also a provider of air defense (or offense. whatever your view on WWII is.) for the USA, however they were dissolved into the newly created Air Force & US Navy in 1946. So, this identification mark had already been in use for around 7 years before the Air Corps creation.) It said  “HEY DON’T SHOOT. WE’RE THE US” to friendly fire on the ground. (or also “YO LOOK. WE’RE THE ENEMY” if you were fighting for the other guys…so it worked both ways) but I digress…
The point is, this plane is incredibly rare, incredibly old, hard to handle, and VERY dangerous if it crashes. 
Look at the photos above: 
* both cockpits are uncovered. 
* propellers… WHIRLING BLADES OF DEATH
* the plane itself is fragile, no matter how well it’s restored. The design is still 75 years old.
* notice no parachute. there isn’t room for one. basically you’re fucked.
* did I mention BOTH cockpits. aka: two people. This was a two person plane- not meaning a pilot & a passenger, but two pilots. 

Now, you might ask, “why’s he in the back of the plane?” Well good thing I’m here. It’s because he chose to fly a plane that’s usually co-piloted completely solo. 
Did you hear that? He flew a plane designed for two people, by himself. 
And Thursday (March 5) wasn’t the first time he flew this particular model either. He’d flown it several times all over the world, and is well versed in how this aircraft works. 
5. So, why he crashed: simple. The media mentioned it. Engine failure. This isn’t like when your car sputters & stalls, this is the entire engine just stops working. This is also when the plane it’s running falls out of the sky. and unlike cars, you can’t really steer a falling plane. 
6. The crash itself: 
This all happened right around the airport area, meaning he was right over a heavily developed suburban area. houses, streets, the golf course, a few hospitals…nowhere really to just crash the plane without collateral damage, so he chose teh golf course. Only thing? there were still people playing golf on the golf course. And it was heavily wooded. 
SO. 
Harrison Ford was able to land a 75 year old propeller plane that was completely engine-dead through trees (they call that threading the needle), onto the course, not hitting people, and was able to keep the body of the plane level enough that it didn’t just nosedive into the ground and crumple up like an accordion (google world war II plane crashes sometime. they aren’t pretty.) Prop Planes were EXTREMELY front heavy. Between the engine block being housed in the front, and the propellors, the only thing balancing them out so they didn’t tip over like drunk cats were the wings. This is why I specifically mentioned the difficulty of keeping the plane level. Yes, it’s difficult on all aircraft, but especially prop planes. 
and. 
he emerged with minor injuries. a few gashes, and they’re keeping in the hospital for tests (largely due to his age. Many times, older people who’ve been in minor accidents often die later because of a heart attack or some such condition, because their bodies can’t handle the stress.)

So that is the amazingness that is HOLY SHIT HARRISON FORD WAS ABLE TO DO WHAT WITH HIS UNRESPONSIVE, VINTAGE AIRPLANE AND NO ONE WAS KILLED AND NOTHING WAS DESTROYED (except for the plane *sob* HOLY HELL) 

#endrant 


i just really love harrison Ford, okay? 

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Watch This Pilot Realize He Forgot To Land The Plane

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Basically, we are all responsible for the preservation of our personal joy; but happiness is different. Joy is not circumstantial, happiness is. You can be depressed and still have joy. You can be suicidal and still have joy. We all stop thinking and we all stop talking and we all stop sharing and we all stop creating, because by doing any of these things we quickly find out just how unhappy we are. But that’s okay. That’s normal. Don’t let the fear of unhappiness cripple your pursuit of finding what it is you believe. Since joy is found in belief, we all have to push through unhappiness to find joy.

It depends on the plane, but usually crew rest areas are hidden behind the cockpit, above first class, like on this Boeing 777. 

Secret stairs, which are hidden behind an inconspicuous door that’s usually near the cockpit, lead up to the bedrooms where the cabin crew sleeps.

Upstairs are cramped, windowless bedrooms with no room to stand up.

Some are nicer than others.

On the Boeing 777, pilots have their own overhead sleeping compartments, which feature two roomy sleeping berths, as well as two business-class seats, and enough room for a closet, sink, or lavatory, depending on the airline.

No ‘Mile High Club’ though. Sad face.

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