and I left the throttles open and watched the Mach numbers climb."You tryin to
stress test the wings"? "Nope" I told him as we got just a little buffet as we
went to Mach 1. "You do realize that this bus ain't got ejection seats,don't
you?"he said. "Relax,we won't need'em and besides,you know I got great
insurance". "Yeah,but your great insurance don't do me a hill a beans if I
ain't around to collect on it "he replied. "How do you think I keep the
premiums down,"I said with a laugh.
His eyes were the size of hubcaps,the 15 inch variety as he stared intently
at the Mach meter,"that thing right?" he asked. "Just double checked this
mornin,Izzy did it himself",I replied.
"Boy are we haulin ass",he said with the sound of awe in his voice as I
looked over to see we were at a steady Mach 3. "You just gotta like those big
motors"I said into the mic. "No s_ _ _!" were his only words in reply. We
continued on our heading of 090 for about 250nm and asked for clearance for a
right turn. "Phoenix Air you are cleared for right turn to 180,maintain
altitude and speed,traffic below at FL400 heading 085 at .84 " was the reply.
"This you Alastair" I asked. "Yes sir it is"came the reply in the ever
confident British accent. "How's Snoop holdin up to the ride?" he asked.
"Well,so far the only problem is the size of his eyes,but,I got a couple of
bags here with me just in case and there's a box of Kleenex's right behind
him",I said into the mic with visions of all in the tower in stitches due to
the fact that Snoop normally flys no higher than 100ft above the ground and no
faster than about 80 knots. "Enjoy the ride"he said and signed off. We
continued on for about a couple of hundred miles before making another right
turn,this time a u-turn to head back. "Ya wanna hand fly her?" I asked,lookin
over at him.He had a ghost white look of terror on his face as he
replied"Sure...why not". I reached over and disengaged the autopilot and told
him"She's all yours". He was just sittin there lookin at the panel and out the
window and he didn't move. "Relax,there's no traffic up here that we can run
into and you ain't gonna cause a crash." I told him. "How do you know that?" he