25 Crazy Stories And Anecdotes About Pilots

Posted by , Updated on May 10, 2016

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Being a pilot is probably the dream of every little kid. Who wouldn’t want to wear one of those awesome uniforms and look cool as you stroll through the airport. But there is more to being a pilot than just looking cool. It’s a lot of hard work. And even more than that, it’s a lot of responsibility. You have the lives of everyone in the plane in your hands. You have to be able and ready to react in numerous situations and take control of a huge machine that is barreling through the air going hundreds of miles per hour. Of course, being a pilot has a lot of perks. Typically it is a well payed job. Along with doctors, lawyers, and engineers it also tends to receive respect and prestige. Besides that, being a pilot allows you to travel around the world and see places that you otherwise would never see. One week you might be in Tokyo and the next week you’ll be in New York City. It doesn’t sound too bad right? Well, everything has its pros and cons. It just depends on who you ask about them. These are 25 crazy stories and anecdotes about pilots!

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Nobuo Fujita was one of the only Japanese pilots to attack the mainland United States during World War II when he dropped a couple bombs over Oregon. He returned years later to present his family's sword as an apology and was even made an honorary citizen of the city of Brookings

Nobuo Fujita was one of the only Japanese pilots to attack the mainland United States during World War II when he dropped a couple bombs over Oregon. He returned years later to present his family's sword as an apology and was even made an honorary citizen of the city of BrookingsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 2012, the pilot of an Air Canada plane mistook the planet Venus for another aircraft and initiated a steep dive. 16 people were injured because they bounced off the ceiling and the pilot almost hit another plane

In 2012, the pilot of an Air Canada plane mistook the planet Venus for another aircraft and initiated a steep dive. 16 people were injured because they bounced off the ceiling and the pilot almost hit another planeSource: abcnews.go.com, Image: wikipedia
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Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot saved hundreds of Vietnamese villagers when he landed his helicopter between a village and his own fellow soldiers. He then threatened to open fire if the soldiers didn't leave the villagers alone

Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot saved hundreds of Vietnamese villagers when he landed his helicopter between a village and his own fellow soldiers. He then threatened to open fire if the soldiers didn't leave the villagers aloneSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Phil Rasmussen was one of the few American pilots to shoot down a Japanese plane during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was flying an obsolete plane in his pajamas

Phil Rasmussen was one of the few American pilots to shoot down a Japanese plane during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was flying an obsolete plane in his pajamasSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1997, Craig Button, pilot of an A-10 Thunderbolt II turned off his radio during training and flew hundreds of miles off course until he crashed into a Colorado mountainside. Nobody knows why.

In 1997, Craig Button, pilot of an A-10 Thunderbolt II turned off his radio during training and flew hundreds of miles off course until he crashed into a Colorado mountainside. Nobody knows why.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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