The Long Way Round: The Plane That Accidentally Circumnavigated the World.
As Bob Ford pushed the throttles to maximum for takeoff the engines briefly stuttered, and Swede winced slightly. The good news was that the British had been able to top up their dwindling supply of 100 octane. The bad news was there was still some regular 90 octane in the tanks.
To begin with, takeoff went as planned. Soon, however, the banging started again. Swede had hoped that the enrichment from the newly-loaded 100 octane would counteract the poor qualities of the 90 but it seemed they’d still have to do some careful balancing.
“We’ll probably have to put up with that until the fuel flow purges all of that 90 out of our system.” Swede shouted forward to Ford and Mack in the cockpit.
“Okay Swede.” Ford acknowledged, swinging the plane towards Karachi.
Half an hour later they were on course and the banging seemed to have subsided. Ford was just about to switch out of the pilots chair when suddenly a huge explosion rocked the plane, which lurched hard to the left and threw Ford clear out of his seat.
“What the hell?!” Shouted Johnny Mack, fighting to right the plane on his own.
“Number three has lost oil pressure!” Shouted Swede from his station. Mack lunged for the controls to shut it down.
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