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15 Σεπτεμβρίου 2009 | Κανένα σχόλιο

Ο Τομ Γουλφ γράφει στο Vanity Fair για τον πόνο του δισεκατομμυριούχου που τώρα με την κρίση  αναγκάζεται να εγκαταλείψει το ιδιωτικό Gulfstream και να πετάξει με "κανονικά" επιβατικά αεροπλάνα.

Ιn the U.S. the term “general aviation” means its exact opposite, the way “public school” does in England. An English public school is private and, on top of that, exclusive. Likewise, general-aviation airports in the U.S. are for everyone but the general public. They exist exclusively for people or businesses with the money to buy and maintain private planes. The fields are usually so small our driver can take us out onto the tarmac and stop right beside our jet. Now, here comes the part a man has to love.

Who is it who puts our luggage into the plane’s baggage compartment, including golf bags weighed down by the steel shanks of every club that a bunch of rich golfers with handicaps of 19 or more have ever heard of? Who hoists all this unbelievable stuff and stows it?

The captain and the co-captain!

Yeah! And they don’t talk like any flight commanders, either! They have the polite, deferential, as-instructed cheeriness of bellboys. They weren’t working for United Airlines or Delta or JetBlue or the F.A.A. or the air force. They were ours. They were our servants, our chauffeurs, and they were expected to act that way.