There's flying, and then there's this....

  Forum Editor 23:38 12 Oct 2015
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The things some people do to earn a living!

  spuds 00:16 13 Oct 2015

From the article: "The ferry flying industry is a close-knit band of aviators, some of whom have carried out hundreds and even thousands of flights, delivering newly sold or repaired small planes to remote destinations."

In my travelling days, we use to refer to these people as sky jockeys, who use to fly any type of aircraft from the small Cessna to the very much larger aircraft that was more suitable for commercial aviation in more remoter areas. Death from these sort of missions often went unreported for various reasons, and yes it is true that this band of people are usually very close knit, due to their previous aviation experiences, usually via military service.

At one time South America was a great staging post for 'redundant' aircraft, that were ferried, usually from the States, having seen most of their commercial life out there, with their final destinations, who knows where. Places like the Tequendama in Bogata, was usually a resting point, and any aviators or 'sky jockeys' in town, soon made their presence known. I suppose it all came with the territory, one day you are here, the next day, you are not sure. Do the job, get paid, then start all over again. There always seemed to be plenty of work available?.

  Quickbeam 05:37 13 Oct 2015

They must be in search of the Spirit of St Louis.

  spuds 08:38 13 Oct 2015

Looking at some of the aircraft they use to fly. The Spirit of St Louis was probably one of them in disguise :O)

The other 'aviators' who need praise, are those that do crop spraying or fire-fighting. Crop sprayer's especially, watching how low they fly, and landing on nothing more than a dirt track. In the Caribbean it was mainly young French pilots, with a life expectancy rate of ??, but the wages were fair.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:11 15 Oct 2015

There's nothing like a challenge to enjoy your work.

  spuds 10:39 15 Oct 2015

"There's nothing like a challenge to enjoy your work."

And there's nothing better to see these people in action, or listen to a 'guarded' tale or two. Some of these people may have looked old and haggard, but they sure can give you a run for your money. The younger ones didn't do badly either ;o)

  Matt. 14:25 15 Oct 2015

There have of course been ferry pilots for as long as there have been aircraft!

My great grandfather was an RFC pilot in WW1, and survived the war albeit minus one leg. Any way in the early days of WW2 he volunteered for the ATA (being unfit for RAF service) and spent the war delivering most aircraft types to operational squadrons.

They flew unarmed with a minimum amount of fuel relying on speed and and a certain amount of low level flying to reach there destination in one piece quite a few pilots (both men and women) were lost.

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