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Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 09:46:57 -0500
From: James Hudson
Subject: BLAGUES-L: A Pilot's Tale

Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 11:54:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: rhett


  The German controllers at Frankfurt Airport were a short-tempered lot. 
  They not only expected you to know your parking location but how to 
get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some 
amusement that we (PanAm 747) listened to the following exchange between 
Frankfurt ground and a British Airways 747 (radio call Speedbird 206) 
after landing:

  Speedbird 206: "Good morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of the 

  Ground: "Guten morgan, taxi to your gate."

  The British Airways 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops.

  Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"

  Speedbird 206: "Stand by, ground, I'm looking up the gate location now."

  Ground (with typical German impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you 
never flown to Frankfurt before?"

  Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, in 1944. But I didn't stop".

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