Pilots and Sense of Humor

I have not posted anything airplane related in a while, but I will see if I can remember this story correctly. I have no idea where it comes from, or the exact date and location, but it is still pretty good.

The story comes from a crew aboard a Boeing 737. One day at some busy airport, they were fourth in line to take off. They had spent some time taxiing and waiting in line. The air traffic controller allowed another Boeing 737 to move to the take off position, essentially bypassing the entire line. As the second 737 taxied onto the runway, the pilot came on the radio (which all the other aircraft in the area can hear) and said, “How do you like them apples?”

All 737’s have an alarm that activates when there is a major malfunction on the aircraft. They also have the ability to manually test that alarm. So as the second 737 was just beginning to roll to take off, “someone” placed their radio microphone next to the alarm and tested it.

The second 737 slams on the brakes and full thrust reverse, and panic stops in the middle of the runway with tires smoking. It was quiet for a few seconds until someone said on the radio, “How do you like them apples?”

Even though flying is complex and sometimes dangerous, there is nothing like a little sense of humor to keep everyone on the same level.


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