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A 91-year-old World War II pilot was banned from sitting in a restored Spitfire fighter plane at a museum in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
Museum officials cited health and safety risks when they told Eric Carter he could not climb in the cockpit of the Spitfire at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, The Sun reported.
"You couldn't make it up. I used to fly those things every day fighting the Germans -- now that really was a health and safety concern!" Carter said. "To think that I couldn't sit in a stationary Spitfire in case I got hurt. I just wish the Luftwaffe had been so caring. The people at the museum had their reasons, but I had to laugh."
Originally posted by ZeussusZ
reply to post by Ex_CT2
There must be other places he can go to sit in one. Rules are meant to be for everybody, even when they seem backwards like this.
Originally posted by apodictic
Why are you acting like this is the worst thing in the world? It's a museum. How many times do you get to touch # at a museum let alone sit in a plane. If they can bend for him, they can bend for anyone. Rules are rules. He can sit in one that's not in a museum. He's 91 friggin years old. What if he fell or something getting in or out? "To hell with the liabilities?" Yeah right! Who ever let the guy into the plane would have lost their job. Use a little common sense here.
Originally posted by BohemianBrim
now, if this spitfire was the same one he had flown in the war... well. then you would have something worth bitching about.