Lae - inte bara en stad på Nya Guinea

Jorden runt av en slump

Publicerad 2018-05-12 12:40:00 i Propulärkultur,

 
Här kommer ett tips om långläsning passande denna helg, som kom till mig från Henrik Stavnshøj. Det är en spännande historia om en världsomflygning med en av Pan Am:s flygbåtar av typen Boeing 314 Clipper. Att den tar sig runt klotet är inget man planerat från början, utan beror på det japanska anfallet på Pearl Harbour och USA:s i inträde i andra världskriget. Istället för att från Auckland i Nya Zeeland flyga tillbaka till USA i nordostlig riktning, får man vända nosen västerut...

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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