posted on Jul, 31 2013 @ 10:25 PM
Originally posted by GBP/JPY
Actually, the op is good.
Did you know in the 60's, pilots weren't living past 60.....then in 76 or so they protected the flight deck from the radar with more
shielding....didn't work by the 1980 mark.... plus stewardesses had 7 times the normal miscarriage rate...
The 60s and 70s those were the days....The smoking, drinking all night parties with flight attendants that actually liked pilots...30 years of that
would kill anyone!!
On a more serious note....there was a study done on the life span of pilots and it might have been produced by ALPA? (airline pilots association) that
basically said for every year a pilot works over the age of 55 by the numbers available it took 2.5 years off from the life expectancy....was the
study bias to get the old guys out and newer guys promoted to Captain or was there truth in the study...Maybe a little of both I dunno. I have friends
who are 65 and still working!!! 3 wives to pay for and several kids to put through colledge will do that to you no doubt.......
However, 8, 10, 12 hour a day in a seat bored to tears 3 to 4 days a week with minimal sleep and airline food or fast food can not be all that
healthy for those over 55 IMO. When I was a young buck many of the Captains I flew with died in their 60s seems like 64 was some kind of magic
number...But again life styles for aircrews are not the same today as they were in yesteryear. I would not trade my occupation and life style during
those years with anyone I can think of...
Sleep was always important to me and I always tried to get at least 6 to 7 hours (if not more) when on a trip's layover..Most of the guys had stopped
smoking and there were very few drinkers that I met during my time at the Airlines I worked for....There was still some partying going on but the EEOC
and a sexual harassment suit filed could end a carear so most guys I knew thought it was not worth the possible trouble; to hard to get an airline job
to throw it away on partying....It happend but not very often..... Besides most were married and devoted to their families..no kidding
I actually saw a Captain who asked for some water three times in a little over a two hour flight get a sexual harassment suit filed on him...The
flight attendant had filed 3 other suits and was finally terminated..... she then went to American airlines and started the whole thing over again
from what the rumors said...Money baby..pilot hater? I saw this happen with my own eyes and there was no sexual innuendo IMO...This was the second day
of a 3 day trip where the cockpit never saw a flight attendant useless it was someone from the back (economy class) who would bring food or water to
the pit; not their job but the job of the first class flight attendant...I was first officer and when we would land I would buy a snack and a bottle
of water so in a 3 or 4 hour flight I would have something to drink....Captain decided he had enough of her B.S. and told her if she can not come to
the cockpit and bring the scheduled crew meals or at least bring something to drink once an hour he would have her removed at the next crew
base.....Well that did not go over very well in her non functioning brain so with all her practice of filing an EEOC complaint she hit him with
one......By my written statement and 3 of the other flight attendants reporting on her attitude with regards to her job the captain was
exonerated...She was fired and life went on....
It takes us 33 hours of travel with about 23 hours of flight time when we go to the farm or return to the states and I know that all those hours
sitting in that environment takes a toll; but it sure beats walking. After a 3 day trip I would not play a sport for money because your body took at
least a day to recover and be back at your peak...The dry (ACM Air cycle Machine) air has allot to do with it IMO plus the lack of movement the job
calls for. I am so old now that going to a movie and sitting for a couple of hours makes me stiff and I wanna grab something when I stand up....sucks
because I can remember when that was not the case..
We are all gonna die every last one of us so IMO do not try to speed the process along and enjoy life without being stupid...Pilots do not want to die
either so as I told someone long ago who was wandering if carrying all those people onboard an aircraft bothered me?.....I told them then and I will
say it again...If I make it to my destination then you can assume the passengers will too...