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Prop Wash
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This is a short story about one of the many, many unsung employee/Stars of our great airline. It is about some one normally not in direct contact with our passengers, always contributing his skills and efforts behind the scenes to provide the finest service possible for our passengers...Although the incident occurred long, long ago, it has never stopped serving as a constant reminder for me, of the dedication and professionalism of TWA’s maintenance (and ground teams)

The “Star” of this story (with a happy ending) was a mechanic in Wichita, Kansas, by the name of Witt. For some unknown reason, our Convair 880 took a liking to Witt and found excuses to extend the scheduled ground time by claiming mechanical assistance required.

On one occasion, a gear “unlevel light” problem was corrected after Witt requested “twenty minutes” to make a repair which the company suggested could only be made at MCI (after a gear down ferry flight)...Well twenty minutes later, those CJ 805’s were started up and smoking like four cheap cigars.

Within months of this incident, after parking at the gate (again, ICT) it was determined that the baggage had shifted in the cargo hold, preventing opening the baggage doors. Once again, Witt performed his “mechanical Magic” insisting that it would not be necessary to fly to MCI for corrective action...........This man did not know the meaning of failure.

A letter was sent to the appropriate management personell relaying these two experiences. A short time later, I believe Witt received his well deserved Award as TWA Mechanic of the Year!

Now if TWA would have just kept those 880's, many of our pilots would have PAID to fly them, thereby solving all of our financial problems.

[Big Grin]

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And, then, there's this:

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Capn Eddie Ricketyback
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This one's not nearly as significant to the airline as Capt. Randy's is, in fact it cost the company a little money. Seems a young First Officer got married in 1967, and naturally he took his new bride on his first trip thereafter. He escorted her to the ticket counter and presented the agent with a $20 surcharge so that she could fly first class. The agent refused the surcharge, stating the he would seat her in first class if he could. When the F/O insisted he accept it, he said something like, "YOU fly the plane and I'll take care of the tickets." That chap was the F/O's "Agent of the Year."

She did get into First Class but despite that, the marriage only lasted about 9 yrs., which was just about long enough.

[ 03-28-2017, 10:48: Message edited by: Capn Eddie Ricketyback ]

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