During World War II, things often went wrong with fighter planes for which there was no explanation. The fighter pilots decided that these mysterious ailments were caused by "Gremlins." Whenever a plane would conk out for no reason at all, start flying strangely or anything else of that nature, the pilot would say that a Gremlin had taken up residence in his plane.
Gremlins were depicted as cute, adorable little guys who stood less than 6 inches in height. The female Gremlin was called a "Fifinella." They wore very colorful flight suits.
Gremlins lived in the cowlings, engines, wings and all other parts of fighter planes. They would often wait until the most inopportune time to do their work, swimming to the bottom of fuel tanks and drilling holes only after the figher plane had reached a point of no return over enemy territory, etc.
They were, of course, totally fictitious - but they served to relieve stress by bringing some humor into the otherwise terrifying business of flying planes for the purpose of trying to kill the pilots of other planes.
So that's what Gremlins were. I guess no one remembers. The reason I brought the whole subject up had to do with the current post on "ILS Strangeness." Planes that suddenly veer to the left on landing got me to thinking that, just maybe, the pilot involved might have a Gremlin in his plane somewhere . . .
And that got me to thinking, I wonder how many people might know about Gremlins? It is, after all, a totally flight related subject and, since planes in FS often do strange things, I thought it might be even more appropriate for this Forum.
Which brings me to the point of this present post. I see that my original post (Gremlins) has been locked. For the life of me, I cannot understand why. I wonder if the person who locked it would be so kind as to let me know why that happened.
You can post the reason under this thread or you can send me an
e-mail on the subject. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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