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Old 10-15-2018, 02:47 PM   #1  
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Other day rewatching YouTubes the space shuttle Columbia tragedy, the two NASA Space Center guys in charge realizing it so indelible, a comment section post mentioned the communications officer - "Columbia, Houston, UHF comm check" retired - w/ not one but two shuttle flights fly for FedEx.

If the gentleman's still sitting right seat, I can't help being curious how a CA handles having an FO who's sat atop a rocket launched into space & then orbited the thing before dead sticking a touchdown.
Cool logbook entry.

No matter how salty I was, unless my paperwork tops his - fat chance - I think I just say, "Your airplane. NASA rank tops my own; lemme know how you want to divvy up the work."

Any opinions welcomed ...
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Other day rewatching YouTubes the space shuttle Columbia tragedy, the two NASA Space Center guys in charge realizing it so indelible, a comment section post mentioned the communications officer - "Columbia, Houston, UHF comm check" retired - w/ not one but two shuttle flights - fly for FedEx

If the gentleman's still sitting right seat, I can't help being curious how a CA handles having an FO who's sat atop a rocket launched into space & then orbited the thing before dead sticking a touchdown.
Cool logbook entry.

No matter how salty I was, unless my paperwork tops his - fat chance - I think I just say, "Your airplane. NASA rank tops my own, lemme know what how you want to divvy up the work."

Any opinions welcomed ...

“One cream. Two sugars”
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ROFL. And I bet that's just the way he'd want it - not the java, the SOP.
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Years back I was working for a 142 school on the side. At lunch on the first day the students from the different classes were introducing themselves. One guy says "I was in the Air Force, then I flew heavy gliders, got hired by American, got furloughed and so here I am." When he said heavy gliders I was thinking what?

Curt Brown, six shuttle missions.
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We all come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but what interests me most in the cockpit is how well can we work together to fly THIS airplane safely and efficiently to our destination. I start with the assumption that since the other guy/gal made it through training, he/she can land an MD-11, and that's what matters most.


Corporate pilot or astronaut, Blue Angel or Thunderbird, fighter pilot or tanker pilot, I always offer the other guy/gal first choice of Scooby snacks. (Truth is, I usually don't know about the above until after we land.) But if you're going to wear an SEC lanyard, it better be Tennessee orange!






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Nothing to make a big deal about, IMO. Buy him a beer and hear the story at the bar. In the airplane... who cares?
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Nothing to make a big deal about, IMO. Buy him a beer and hear the story at the bar. In the airplane... who cares?
you must be the coolest, greatest pilot ever. good lord.
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you must be the coolest, greatest pilot ever. good lord.
Ok Francis time to lighten up. Maybe we’re having the classic “failure to communicate”.
I’m not trying to diminish anyone’s accomplishments and my comments have nothing to do with me. The OP asked for opinions and appeared to be willing to relinquish his command simply because his FO has very unique but unrelated experience to the current job at hand (121 point A to B safely). I meant that the fact that an FO has such experience or any number of other “cool” past lives really shouldn’t be a big deal when it comes to a crew working together to get this job we all do now done safely.
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Hmmm... I thought FDX required a moon landing or two?
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Hmmm... I thought FDX required a moon landing or two?


Due to the pilot shortage we’ve been forced to lower our hiring minimums...


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