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Note to kanefromsf: Hollywood is not Always Right

Posted by Bob on March 14th, 2006 under How Things Work

kanefromsf ended his comment on my proposal that permit holders he allowed to carry guns on planes with these words:

“The planes better darn well be bullet proof though. ”

The movie Goldfinger ended with Goldfinger firing a bullet through the side of the plane and being sucked out to his death by the wind.

That is what people BELIEVED in the 1960s!

Even back then I thought that ending to be, to put it mildly, a bit odd. I was in aviation negotiations, remember.

If any aircraft were that delicate, it would not be allowed to fly. No one at the negotiations would allow a plane like that within its borders.

Keep your seatbelt on, use the oxygen mask, and it is one hell of a job for anything to get you.

It will be cold if a MAJOR part of the plane’s side is blasted out. That is a real danger. But no pistol, no machine gun, is going to do that.

And you will live until the pilot gets you down to safety.

The end of Goldfinger was the ultimate Urban Myth. But back then it was fairly harmless.

But today, when shooting it out could be real possibility, we really are going to have to grow up.

  1. #1 by kanefromsf on 03/14/2006 - 10:42 pm

    LOL, I actually believed that before I read your post. That you would get sucked out. But I obviously don’t know anything about aviation, and I don’t pretend otherwise.

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