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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Buses and... Aviation? Reply with quote

Interesting topic.

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Owner of a company that makes seatback displays for a couple of airlines.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Buses and... Aviation? Reply with quote

Tom Powell wrote:
January 18 1997: mandatory retirement at age sixty


Happy (belated) Birthday, Tom!

It sounds like you've had a pretty interesting and exciting career.
Hope to hear some stories about it sometime.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Buses and... Aviation? Reply with quote

I always wondered if Tom was the Pilot on one of my Oahu to Maui trips. Took many Aloha flights from the 70s through the 90s. Think
Happy Birthday Tom. A real good guy Xatie and I had the pleasure to meet.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: Buses and... Aviation? Reply with quote

Decades ago as I started my sales career an older guy from down South took me in and trained my stupid ass on business development and account management, still very useful skills I use today. He nicely told me once I was cool under pressure - a nice compliment from him as I thought he had ice water in his veins.

Turned out he was a Bird Dog pilot in Viet Nam ( the guy who looked for Charlie in the air to send in the planes, then the forces). He flew around in a little Cessna - and of course everyone on the ground threw everything they had at him. He was shot down three times and walked out of country each time.

The only balsier thing I could remember about that plane was a South Viet Nam Major Buan-Ly (?) who, late April 1975 - as the South was collapsing, loaded his family onto a Bird Dog, flew 100 miles through ground fire, out to sea, dropped on a note on the deck of the USN carrier Midway asking for permission to land, then did his first carrier landing safely....WTF?

The plane is down in Pensacola last time I was there.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:56 am    Post subject: Re: Buses and... Aviation? Reply with quote

The only balsier thing I could remember about that plane was a South Viet Nam Major Buan-Ly (?) who, late April 1975 - as the South was collapsing, loaded his family onto a Bird Dog, flew 100 miles through ground fire, out to sea, dropped on a note on the deck of the USN carrier Midway asking for permission to land, then did his first carrier landing safely....WTF?

The plane is down in Pensacola last time I was there.


I vaguely remember that story. Now I have some research to do.

Research done:

The Midway was also the ship that rescued South Vietnamese Air Force Major Bung Lee, who took off from Saigon in a Cessna Bird Dog with his wife and five children ages 14 months to 6 years. Lee, who lives in Florida with his family

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