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Pan Am Flash Back : Do you know what she was driving?

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, October 28, 2011

 

Pan Am Flash Back

Or

Do you know what she is driving?

The Pan Am show opened with a woman in the cockpit talking about racing and later on in the show you saw her in her red Jag.

FLASH BACK- How funny I had a little red sports car too when I first started flying. Unfortunately I demolished it in an accident. Yes, no fun times there. I knocked out a tooth, had to have seven stitches on my lower lip, four on my chin, a sprained jaw, two black eyes and bruises all over my body. The good news was I had on my seat belt or I probably would have been killed! Yes, being a flight attendant, this was just the first thing you always remembered to do, put on your seat belt!

But my second red car seems to be the one that got me into trouble too! This is not my current Miss Red, who I have written about previously, that only comes out on good weather days. And no I did not get in an accident in this second car. The issue was it seemed to be a magnet for men.

What was it? A Corvette with a monster engine. Oh to listen to that engine when you turned it over to start out down the road! Made you want to drive all day. (And men think we can't appreciate a great set of wheels!) Anyway, it was the real deal, Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! And of course a stick shift!

Now most women do not know how to drive a stick, but I had a boy friend in high school that had a sports car with a stick transmission and he had taught me. So of course driving my power buggy was no challenge. I only had to learn not to stomp on the gas to hard or the car would fish tail.

But getting back to how I got into trouble in that car. It was easy! For instance, I winked at a Cop one day while I was stopped at a stop sign. Don't ask me why? I just did! Within seconds he was pulling me over. Yikes! What did I do? I certainly wasn't speeding. I asked him what I had done and he replied, "Oh I just thought I knew you and wanted to say Hi." Well, that taught me a lesson not to wink at the local police! Especially when you are driving the Vet! Really don't wink period!

But I digress, here is my Pan Am Flash back. That Corvette would draw comments from the Pilots all the time at the hangar when I was parking it before a flight. "Pretty big engine in that car for a little girl." "Is that your car or your husband's or boy friend?" etc., etc., etc. My reply to them was usually, "Yes, it will get down the road and yes, it is my car!" Actually what I wanted to say was, "Nadder, nadder, nadder, I've got a Corvette and you don't!" But since I probably would end up flying with one of them sooner or later I decided to hold my tongue.

Now here is where it gets fun! I'm driving to the airport for a flight. Close to our hangar where we went to park was a long stretch of road; picture, four lanes wide, two on either side, probably about a mile and half between two traffic lights, totally straight and there are no other cars around. I pull up to the first traffic light and a few seconds later a truck pulls up next to me. Then I hear the person in the truck racing their motor like they want to drag race with me! Puh leese!

The light changes and the truck takes off! I put the Vet in first gear and then a little Devil jumps onto my shoulder and says, "Take him! Shut him down!" But on the other shoulder the good little Angel appears and says, "Don't do that; remember there might be a Cop around!" But the little Devil was screaming, "Go, go, go for it!"

The little Devil wins! I smash down on the accelerator; the car needed a tune up and I could see some black smoke come out of the tail pipe. I put the car into second and now I've got the accelerator floored. I skip third gear and go straight into fourth! I glance down at the speedometer and I'm doing ninety as I fly pass the truck! Couldn't help myself I was laughing as I'm doing all of this!! Obviously the devil was enjoying himself too!

The second traffic light is approaching me rather quickly (you think?) so I take the car out of fourth, shift down to third while braking, and then go into second to really slow down. The second light is green so I make the turn to go back down another small road to our hangar. The truck is long gone! Really, who did they think they were playing with? The Devil is nodding his head in approval!

And hour later, I'm on the plane and we are getting ready for the passengers to board. As a courtesy we would go up to the cockpit to introduce ourselves to the Captain during this time too. I told my flying partner I was going to run up to the cockpit for a second to say Hello and I would be back.

Ah yes I said this was the fun part! I walk into the cockpit and the First Officer turns around, sees me, and says to the Captain, "Do you know what she is driving?" I just got a big grin on my face and said, "Oh you must have been in the truck. I'll talk to you boys later." Cha-ching! One for the devil! Yeah, Shut Him Down.

Still makes me smile today! And now of course I have my beloved Miss Red, who I don't treat that badly. The corvette was a bad boy, she is a good girl! 

Happy motoring!

Alexandra

Zoom, zoom, zoommmmmm

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