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    ABW Ambassador Mike O's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
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    Beautiful 4-minute Swiss Air Force video
    Hi, All:

    Merry Christmas!

    Late last night I ran across this incredible 4-minute video made about the Swiss Air Force.

    The first 60 seconds are slow, then the planes get into the air and it's
    incredible, beautiful, unforgettable! Turn your sound up for this one, the
    sound track is a big part of it:
    A joy shared is a joy doubled.
    A burden shared is a burden lightened.

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    ABW Ambassador purplebear's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    Agree Must be an incredible feeling to be up their flying like that Loved the music, too

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    Houston TX
    besides the f18 and eurofighter, the scenery is amazing.
    I am wondering if it was another fighter pilot that took the movie.

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    Plain Ol' Affiliate Rainmaker's Avatar
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    Awe MAN! Awesome. Gawd I love that stuff. Thanks Mike.

    Here's my little contribution to this Aviation thread (and since it's Christmas today):

    I know this has been around for a while, but I always like dusting it off this time of the year....

    The Night Before Christmas
    'Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,
    Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.
    The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care,
    In hopes that come morning, they all would be there.

    The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,
    With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots.
    I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up,
    And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

    When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,
    I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter.
    A voice clearly heard over static and snow,
    Called for clearance to land at the airport below.

    He barked his transmission so lively and quick,
    I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St. Nick".
    I ran to the panel to turn up the lights,
    The better to welcome this magical flight.

    He called his position, no room for denial,
    "St. Nicholas One, turnin' left onto final."
    And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
    But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer!

    With vectors to final, down the glide slope he came,
    As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:
    "Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun!
    On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'?

    While controllers were sittin', and scratchin' their head,
    They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread,
    The message they left was both urgent and dour:
    "When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower."

    He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,
    Then I heard "Left at Charlie," and "Taxi to parking."
    He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh
    And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho, ho-ho-ho..."

    He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk,
    I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks.
    His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost
    And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust.

    His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale,
    And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale.
    His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,
    His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly.

    He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,
    And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low-lead."
    He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump,
    I knew he was anxious for drainin' the sump.

    I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
    And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk.
    He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief,
    Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief.

    And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,
    These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog.
    He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear,
    Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, "Clear!"

    And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,
    He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.
    "Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction,
    Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion"

    He sped down the runway, the best of the best,
    "Your traffic's a T-6, inbound from the west."
    Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed thru the night,
    "Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight.

    Keep the dirty side down, stay out of da trees and...
    Merry Christmas!

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    Life is Supposed to be Fun! Rexanne's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
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    Wow - what a rush! Very very cool. Thanks for sharing Mike!

    Loving Everyone's Child Creates Magic

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