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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

You're not my Flight Instructor?

Always Ask, Never Assume

His request approved...
the CNN News photographer quickly used a cell phone
to call the local airport to charter a flight.

He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger.
He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, "Let's go!"

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off.

Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot to,
"Fly over the Valley and make low passes
so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides."

"Why?" asked the pilot.

"Because I'm a photographer for CNN," he responded.
"And I need to get some close up shots."

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment.
Finally he stammered, "So, what you're telling me, is...
You're NOT my flight instructor?"

Truth is stranger than fiction... and often funnier too.

Enjoy the Journey!

XOX Karlene


  1. Oh my gosh. What a perfect story. Yikes.

  2. Awwww. That could be such a scary moment for a student.

  3. Haha awesome story. Trust, but verify!


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