The little 747 who dared to dream


28 Responses to “The little 747 who dared to dream”

  1. theman says:


  2. LintMan says:

    I don’t really think of The Velveteen Rabbit as having a sad ending.   Bittersweet, perhaps, but it all works out well in the end.

  3. monkeygirl says:

    It’s The Giving Tree, but with airplanes!

  4. Dingos says:

    “For once you have tasted flight forever shall you walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  5. Xof says:

    When I saw the video last week, my first thought was, “It’s like a dog thumping its leg as it runs in its dreams.”

  6. Scott Lenger says:

    Same story, but starring a train:

  7. RHK says:

     The South shall rise again!

    Sorry, I have to go wash my mouth out with soap now.

  8. Robert Cruickshank says:

    And, as the little plane gazed skyward, yearning to be back in the heavens, a thought suddenly occurred to her:
    “If only I had a treadmill! Then, surely, I’d be able to take off!”

  9. snagglepuss says:

    Would have been funnier if the li’l dreamer had exploded at the end.

  10. chaopoiesis says:

       Somebody should bring one to Burning Man, and set it free.

  11. Rich Keller says:

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    John Gillespie Magee, jr

  12. s2redux says:

    Buzz Killington here with this aspy tidbit: there’s only one R in “Newbery Committee.”

  13. TK says:

    Now imagine a group of feral kids riding on it.

  14. confu says:

    Clever idea to store a stripped airplane in a plain, windy desert with flaps down.

    • dman says:

      I’m sure some aeronautics folk have a reason why not but …
      Doesn’t flaps down invoke “dive”? Keep the nose down? If anything I guess that’s how you’d store something like this.Flaps up would mean”climb” – if in flight – or lift against an oncoming wind.- Based only on childhood balsa-wood plane experiments. :-}

      I guess what we are seeing here is not a predicted wind condition.

  15. tylerkaraszewski says:


  16. Isaac Rinke says:

    Yes, why are the flaps down?

    As for the life of these birds, I think 18 hours of flying and 6 hours of maintenance a day are enough to warrant retirement of an aircraft that’s been in service since 1968. Of course these are still being produced, but never the less, some of these birds are just tired.

  17. allium says:

    Not to be confused with “The B-52 Family and The Magical START Treaty Guillotine”.

  18. mattdidthat says:

    The story could be a modern version of “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel”!

    The story could be about Phil the pilot and Madeleine the 747. Phil and Madeleine were the best at takeoffs, and all the other pilots learned how to take off from Phil and Madeleine. But after many years in service, Phil the pilot retired, and Madeleine was sent to the boneyard. After seeing her trying to take off in the boneyard, Phil convinced officials Madeleine is too useful to scrap. So Phil and Madeleine are sent to a school for pilots, where Madeleine is converted into a trainer.

    Publishers? Get at me.

  19. Andy Reilly says:

    I thought the blurb about the kids story was funny, then I watched the video and darn if I didn’t get a little sad. 

  20. VaughnMarlowe says:

    Yes, a hanky, please.

  21. noah django says:

    still on page 12.  posted  5/30/12.

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