Stories tagged “airplane”

  • Your Destination Has Not Yet Arrived

    “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I’m happy to report most of the turbulence seems to be behind us, and we’re back at a cruising altitude now. The rest of your flight looks like it should be fairly smooth. “U...

    • Author: wordwill
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Flight 1518

    “What?” The disheveled old man grimaced while pointing towards the window seat, “I said, ’That’s my seat.’” As I rubbed the tiredness from my eyes, I rose up and stumbled out onto the aisle. The old man stepped...

  • Not your standard bathroom

    “Now sir, if you’ll come with me.” the stewardess said, yanking me out of my seat and towards the flight attendant’s lounge where, I assume, she’ll radio the cockpit for instructions. But she misses the flight attendants lounge and he...

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Mid-Flight

    “Do you have any cookies?” I asked. The steward dug through the plastic bag sitting atop the drink cart. “I’m sorry sir, we’ve run out of cookies and all we have left are peanuts.” Not only am I seated a step away fr...

  • Space pocket

    For one terrifying fraction of a second, just long enough to register in my brain, I found myself surrounded by sky, staring at the outside skin of the aircraft. Then, just as rapidly, everything snapped back to normal. Holding my breath, I glanced ner...

    • Author: Phil Plait
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • A scream on an airplane

    I hear a scream as my gaze lingers on the spot where my spotter has gone. Then there is only silence. I should go check it out. After all, if something happens, they might think to recheck people for bombs and the like. And that is something I cannot a...

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Yesterday is Coming Fast

    After Chase de-boarded and claimed his luggage—it was, remarkably, all there—he decided to take one of the waiting lounges up on its name. Since Tokyo was his final destination, he had some time to kill. Deciding against a cold, overpriced ...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Hunger at 39,000 feet.

    “’What’s the deal with airline food’ That line seems to be one of those that people immediately think of if you mention stand-up comedians, but I can’t say I’ve ever actually heard the joke. What is the deal with it,...

    • Author: DarkPrimus
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Stall Speed

    Pitch, power, airspeed. Pull back on the yoke and the nose comes up. Reduce throttle to maintain altitude, the airplane slows down. Balancing pitch and power, the horn comes in, low and reedy, then stronger, louder, insistent. You keep raising the nose...

    • Author: Roymcm
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Buenos Aires, Georgia

    Just then, Governor Sanford realized what this meant – Maybe Buenos Aires had moved as well! The Centaurian ship had moved many cities around, why not the home of his mistress? It was worth a shot. Sanford motioned the flight attendant over to hi...

  • Involuntary Crash #1

    The plane’s instruments had failed. Seeing as how it was in the midst of one of the worst blizzards ever recorded, this was not entirely surprising. Such was life in the Northwest Territories. The small community of Wekweètì, situated about one...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Regrouping

    The wind protested through the compromised fuselage of the plane. Craig rubbed his head, steadying his Arctic-proofed tundra jacket. “Medicine all right?” he inquired. Timothy rifled through some assorted debris until he found four small ca...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Free Fall

    What a rush. The ancient lumbering C-47 falls away above me as I take to the sky. The roar of her engines morph into a hushed whisper of rushing air. The freedom is intoxicating, invigorating. I am in free fall, diving toward the earth at terminal velo...

    • Author: Bob Liddil
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Pilot

    He rode his bicycle in the hills, straining his knees to keep his course straight, his arms outstretched like wings, and felt the air beneath him. He ran through flocks of nestled sparrows in the cobbled square, driving them into the sky. He lay in the...

    • Author: wordwill
    • Posted about 4 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Quiet Sendoff

    Ben stood in the terminal near Gate 13 at DFW watching the Boeing jet get slowly pushed back into the taxiway. He leaned against a wall and tried to relax as he studied the plane. Using the scrutiny he had learned as an F-15 crew chief in the Air Force...

  • Classic Sauce (Pt. 2)

    This arrangement was not something I agreed with, to say the least, so I would beg her to reconsider. This was not something that a simple relocation would fix! But my cries were to no avail. She had my belongings packed and arranged for my departure. ...

  • Classic Sauce (Pt. 3)

    Hours passed on the plane and I became to feel a bit more at ease with the idea of my forced relocation. This may do, I thought to myself as the inner core of me, the part that wanted to remain fighting cried, NO! These folks are too classy for you. Yo...