Whoa, first week on the new schedule and I almost forgot to upload this strip today. Talk about being a creature of habit!
I recently felt like Julio in this Strip when I changed the tires on my car. It took me pulling upwards with all my strength on one side of the wheel spanner and my wife standing on the other end to loosen that nasty nut.
By the way: We’ve still got our t-shirt contest going on! Thanks to everybody who participated already! A lot of ideas that made me chuckle, some that made me think and a few even made me laugh out loud! Keep ‘em coming!!
Can anyone of you aviation nerds out there explain what an “STC” is, in a paragraph or so? I know it is a “supplemental type certification”, some kind of permission by the FAA to make certain modifications on your aircraft, right? But I tried to sum it up correctly in a couple of senctences for our un-initiated readers and failed miserably. Usually Mike writes about this kind of technical stuff here, but he’s gone flying somewhere and I chose this strip last minute. So, geeks to the rescue!
With Top Gun they really managed to produce an iconic film. I wonder why it is so hard to make a decent movie about flying, but I don’t know a lot of aviation themed movies that I really enjoyed. Just recently I’ve watched “Flyboys” and was quite disappointed. The computer graphics were too obvious, the pilots are always able to look into each others eyes and read each others faces (even their enemies’ faces) while up in the air, and the whole plot wasn’t too great either.
A movie that I really enjoyed was “Sky Fighters” (Les chevaliers du ciel), a French movie. The air shots and cinematography rivals that of Top Gun! So, especially you Americans out there who don’t watch European movies that much, you should really check that one out!
Hey, I just thought we could make our own list here too! I’ll start: If I had a nickel for every time somebody asked me why Chuck has only three stripes on his shirt, I’d have enough money to go and see a movie!
That kinda reminds me of our childhood. I think we watched Top Gun at least a dozen times back then, and when we were playing outside with the other kids from the block, we used to ride our bicycles and pretend they were fighter jets. We even drew an aircraft carrier deck on a backstreet with chalk, where we would take off and land… Good times!
I absolutely love Chucks first line in this one! It’s so typical for him …witty, when it comes to getting himself out of doing real work.
We were looking for a lead-in on this one, because the rest really happened almost verbatim (as it does so many times with our comics). My mechanic Billy and I were washing and waxing the helicopter on the only slow day we had up in Alaska in the summer of 2012 and there was a discussion whether to use or not-to-use a certain cleaner for the tailboom. The label said ‘not to use it on aluminum’ but the argument was that we’re not really using it on pure aluminum but rather on the paint “on top of the aluminum”. Billy ripped off the label and said, “Well, there you go! Problem solved!”
And once again I was reaching for my notebook that has all our CW ideas scribbled in it…
Have you guys ever taken something apart and then put it back together without finding of fixing anything and then, magically, it started working again?
I have, but it usually doesn’t work that way on aircraft. In fact, it usually tends to go the other way even. When you take the valve covers off on a Cessna 172, you need to install new gaskets. Especially when they have the cork gaskets on them and the last guy torqued them up pretty hard and installed them dry. They rip and tear and it’s usually a mess which you have to carefully clean up before installing new gaskets.
Something tells me that’s where Chuck might have failed…
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Coincidentally, I started a thread in our forum about the Mythbusters episode where they had the plane take off from a conveyor belt. While I usually respect the Mythbusters and acknowledge that they have to make concessions for the TV audience, I think this “myth” was completely botched. Either that, or they didn’t phrase the question clear enough.
By the way, the advice to not try anything you see here at home is also true for Chuck’s adventures!
Seems like Julio will always find something to criticize. I mean, after all, if you took flawelessness and perfection too seriously, they could never be achieved!
Actually, there is quite a bit more to kites than meets the eye. When I was a kid, I thought all you had to do was glue some paper or plastic sheet to a couple of sticks and attach a string. Needless to say, I can’t distinctly remember any significant sense of achievement in combination with kites.