je m’appelle pete et j’ai vent a la derrière

Back in 2000 when it was permitted, I was on the flight deck of a BA 747 from LHR-JNB and everyone was called Pete – this was organised by my friend’s father also a BA 747 pilot, also called Pete. No Nigel’s to be found. Pete is also the French for fart and Pete (who was famous for his poor French) had a favorite funny story as to how he’d once tried to speak to air traffic control in France explaining that his name was Pete and he had a tail wind – je m’appelle pete et j’ai vent a la derrière (or similar) – but which instead translated as my name is fart and I have wind from my bottom to much amusement (and a good reason the language of air traffic control is English). Not entirely sure how true it is, but amusing never the less. Sadly, Nigel wouldn’t be able to say the same.

Published by technofiend1

Kazan- Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982

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