A story I heard once, which I was assured was true...
A student pilot had an engine failure one day. He successfully force
landed, and found his way to a 'phone to call the club house. He gave
his position to his instructor, who said he would pop straight out in
one of the club's aircraft to pick him up. The instructor found the
downed student - parked in a rather small looking field. "Hmmm, if he
can get in there, so can I!". He performed a text book short field
landing, and parked extremely neatly in the hedge at the far end of the
On extricating himself from the brambles, he asked the
student how on earth he had managed to land in such a confined space.
"Oh, I didn't - I landed in that big field over there and pushed the
'plane in here to give you more room!"
--Andy Cullington, email@example.com
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