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I read your article and I find it touching, but something you say scares me. You said: "You couldn't get me on a plane right now unless it was a matter of life and death. It's just two distasteful and appalling."
If we as Americans are EVER going to get back to normal, we as individuals have to get back to normal.
Anything else lets the terrorists win.
Regardless of what you may hear in the media (which makes its money generating stories these days instead of reporting the news), air travel is quite safe and it is VITAL to the economy of the United States.
Propagating fear of air travel is not the best thing to be doing at this time.
My two cents.
10-10-2001, 02:50 AM
I agree with you that we do need to keep on doing normal things. My wife and I were scheduled to fly out of Kansas City back to Montana on the 12th of September, and would have had the airlines been operating. We ended up driving back. (Felt real fortunate to get a rental car, as they became unavailable real quick).
Dennis Waggoner wrote:
You couldn't get me on a plane right now unless it was a matter of life and death. It's just too distasteful and appalling. And unfortunately it's that way with FS2K. The fun has gone out of it. I want it to come back but it's not the same right now. We need a flight simulator that allows me to bomb the terrorists. Now that would be fun.
There are plenty of military simulations that allow you to recreate precision bombing scenarios. Honestly, I haven't tried any since EF2000 and F15, but those are pretty good already, and I'm certain there must be newer ones. Still, I'm not sure if I agree that riding a plane right now is distasteful, whereas bombing terrorists (for fun even) wouldn't be..
10-10-2001, 10:11 AM
Actually this article was written on Saturday September 15 just four days after the attack. My feelings about flying on commercial planes has changed greatly since then. Its especially comforting to see all of the extra security at the airports.
But I still would like to get Janes F15 to work with my Geforce better. Then I could bomb em better.
I know what you mean. I re-installed Janes F/A-18 sim with similar intentions. Very steep learning curve there and the performance on my olde machine, well, I better stick to Flight Sim for now.
Where's that copy of Combat flight Sim...
10-11-2001, 10:05 AM
i have a slightly different story. i live 65 miles from dfw. the skys were always full of heavies , commutor turboprops and private ga aircraft. after the grounding of us all (i'm a pilot also) the skys were bare for about a week or so and then the heavies and turboprops were visible again. ga followed a few days later.
now the skys are full just like they were, day and nite.
the only thing that kept me from slitting my wrists during my grounding was my flightsims.
the grounding made me re-examine my privleage of flight.
i made a vow to never let another "flyable" day pass and i havent.
on another note: you could not drag me aboard a commercial flight but it has nothing to do with the recent terrorist attacks. as far back as i can remember we have had airline hijackings, these hijackings are common and have been for a generation or more. this is why i would never fly commercial. there is and always has been what i consider to be an unacceptable risk attached to commercial flight.
10-11-2001, 11:10 AM
"you could not drag me aboard a commercial flight but it has nothing to do with the recent terrorist attacks. as far back as i can remember we have had airline hijackings, these hijackings are common and have been for a generation or more. this is why i would never fly commercial. there is and always has been what i consider to be an unacceptable risk attached to commercial flight".
That is probably one of the most un-informed, ridiculous statements I've read in a long time! Where have you been hiding? Have you been smoking something funny? Hijackings are NOT "common", as you suggest, and air travel is still the safest mode of travel available.
10-11-2001, 03:21 PM
On Sunday, October 7th we showed the world that Americans are not afraid to fly!
Time now to turn or energy toward eradicating the world from weapons of mass destruction and the idiots that would use them.
If only those whom are so consumed with keeping shampoo free from animal testing, disrupting meetings of world leaders, blocking oil exploration in Alaska, or bent on preventing farmers from irrigating their crops could see THIS evil...we would all sleep easier!
It is impossible to secure everything in a free and open society.
We can live in fear, or make them live in fear.....I choose the latter!
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