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Posted: 9/11/2002 1:13:13 PM EDT
[url]http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/09/11/houston.airplane/index.html[/url] [b]HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- An American Airlines flight with 54 people aboard returned to Houston promptly Wednesday after a federal air marshal noticed a passenger with an "unidentifiable object" that later turned out to be a comb, authorities said. The Transportation Security Administration said there were no scuffles and that the passenger was removed from the plane at a remote site once American Airlines Flight 1702 returned to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The TSA said the plane, a Fokker F-100, and all its passengers were searched and that no weapons were found. The plane did not get a military fighter escort. American Airlines spokesman Todd Burke said he did not know details of what transpired aboard Flight 1702. He said the pilot decided to return the plane for "precautionary reasons." He confirmed there were air marshals aboard but that the airline has "not yet had an opportunity to speak with the crew" or others aboard. The plane, carrying 50 passengers and four crew members, was headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area when it was diverted back to Houston. The plane left at 12:28 p.m. (1:28 p.m. ET) and landed safely about 40 minutes later, Burke said.[/b] Anyone else find this ridiculous? They actually have a plane named FOKKER?!?! [:)]
Link Posted: 9/11/2002 1:25:48 PM EDT
Yeah they're the smallest jets American operates... they're the Little Fokkers. [:D]
Link Posted: 9/11/2002 1:26:41 PM EDT
Fokkers have been around since WWI. The Red Baron flew a Fokker triplane. As for returning due to a COMB, how freaking ridiculous.
Link Posted: 9/11/2002 2:21:37 PM EDT
Yes there really were planes called Fokkers. Anthony Fokker was one of the most talented designers of the WWI era. British & French airmen shuddered at the Fokker Spring. The Fokker DVII was the only plane mentioned by name in the Armistice. The plane was so advanced that the Allies did not want the Germans to have any. After the Great War, Fokker moved his operations to The Netherlands due to the limitations on the Treaty of Versailles. You didn't hear about his designs in WWII because The Netherlands were over-run too fast. After the War, Fokker built great small to mid-size commuter airliners (F27 Friendship, F28, F100) Fokker is, unfortunately, no more. (The difficulties of the airliner industry.) The Netherlands' Government could not arrange a take-over or bail-out in time. FF
Link Posted: 9/11/2002 2:33:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2002 2:34:43 PM EDT by captainpooby]
The US Army Golden Knights demonstration team has an F27 Friendship. Nice bird, been in it, but of course as a civy cant jump it.It's military designation is C-31 [img]http://www.airshowaction.com/gk98/srvst23s.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 9/11/2002 3:13:19 PM EDT
When I saw the topic title, I thought "Did he mean [b]bomb[/b], hmm, no it probably really was a [b]comb[/b]". Sure enough...[rolleyes]
Link Posted: 9/11/2002 3:17:16 PM EDT
wasn't fokker the one who game up with the cam so the machine gun could shoot through a propellor?
Link Posted: 9/11/2002 4:31:10 PM EDT
I was a mechanic on F-27's for 3 years. FedEx still has about 30 in their fleet, beleive it or not.
Link Posted: 9/11/2002 4:40:05 PM EDT
At least it wasn't a gay fokker.
Link Posted: 9/11/2002 9:09:14 PM EDT
SNAFU: You are correct. The French had a plane with steel wedges on the propeller to deflect any rounds that might hit. The Germans captured one and sent it to Anthony Fokker to copy. Problem was the higher powered German rifle-caliber MG ammo shot the propeller off even with the wedges. So Fokker invented the interupter gear.
Link Posted: 9/12/2002 8:08:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2002 8:09:38 PM EDT by snafu]
yeah the french guy that developend the metal on the prop was roland garros. some frenchies managed to wound themself with that arrangement.
Link Posted: 9/12/2002 8:19:58 PM EDT
Fokker... German plane designer... Came up with the mid-wing monoplane fighter (As opposed to biplanes and triplanes) Also came up with the first plane to fire a MG through an all-wood prop successfully... Of course, advances in aviation & machine gun design made the #2 invention irrelevant by WWII (since plane designes got strong enough to mount MGs in the wings, and MGs got too big to fit in front of the pilot with an engine and ammo (although the Germans managed it on the ME-109, the coaxial gun was quite inacurate. The US, and Germans made twinboom planes with guns in the nose of the pilot-pod)... Brilliant plane designer, however...
Link Posted: 9/17/2002 5:46:46 PM EDT
Dave: You're right about Anthony Fokker being a brilliant airplane designer. However, your ending date for the passing of the interupter gear allowing a MG to fire through the propeller arc is way early. Try the end of WWII. Some of the finest fighters of the war used interupter gear. Thinking off the top of my head, Bf-109, FW-190, Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, P-40, Macchi C.202, MiG-3, Yak-3. Admittedly these fighters were at their peaks earlier in the war but many were still soldiering on at VE- or VJ-Day.
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