From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Coe) Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest) Date: 20 Apr 96 14:02:49 References: 1 2 3 4 5
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email@example.com (Ralph Droms) writes: >In article <airliners.1996.538@ohare.Chicago.COM>, kls@ohare.Chicago.COM >(Karl Swartz) wrote: >> >: I've heard United pilots refer to the older 747s as "rope-starts," a >> >: somewhat less complimentary term! >> >> >Okay, Karl, so, what did they mean by "rope-starts"? :-) >This may be related to the only funny bit I've ever seen Jerry Lewis >perform (not to start any religious warfare; I, unlike the French, don't >find him at all funny). Lewis was a pilot for some two-bit airline, and >he started the piston engines by reaching under the control panel to pull >lawnmower-style rope starters... On a BA 747 at Harare airport 1/1/1983 the crew couldn't get one of the engines started. Due to some presumed lack in local service ability he attempted to start the engine by a very high speed taxi down the runway. It didn't work.