United Airlines records fastest flight to the North Pole

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    bradl

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    Nice warm and fuzzy for everyone, especially with all the **** that is going on in the world today. Enjoy.

    Link

    BL.
     
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    Not quite the fastest; Continental does this without having to get to the runway.

    Still a nice idea, though. I'm glad to see that they continue to do these things.
     
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    Santa's elves at the post office

    Also, for those wee little ones who don't want/can't do a plane to the North Pole....

    They can write a letter to Santa Claus at
    SANTA CLAUS
    NORTH POLE
    H0H 0H0
    CANADA

    From the Canadian Post Office press release:

    "...Santa’s North Pole Post Office has answered more than 16 million letters since Canada Post’s national annual letter-writing program was established in 1982. More than 11,000 current or retired Canada Post employees (known affectionately as postal elves) will volunteer their time to help Santa respond to truckloads of letters in the language in which they are received – 26 languages last year, including Braille.
    Last year, Canada Post elves replied to more than 1.2 million letters and 45,000 emails! The 2006 program was awarded the Guinness World Record for most letters delivered to Santa during a holiday season (stay tuned for news of a repeat award!)...."

    http://www.canadapost.ca/AboutUs/news/pr/archive-e.asp?prid=1319

    Happy Holidays to all....
     
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    rdowns

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    Great story. It brings a tear to my eye every year. :)
     
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    Rodimus Prime

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    I agree because that is not cheap for the airlines to do.

    Personally I like United way of doing it over Continental just because it makes it seem more real.

    Either way both are a great idea and I agree it is nice to see them continue even when times are hard for the airlines and everyone else.
     
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    Thanks for posting the story. I thought I had heard about something like this awhile back. Its a great story to start the day :D
     
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    Personally, I thought it would be better if they did one circuit in the pattern at IAD, then landed and taxied to the gate. The way they did it with going down the runway, then applying the reverse thrusters would have made the brakes hot. But at least one turn in the pattern would have given them the sense that they had taken off to the North Pole..

    BL.
     
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    Stopping the plane after landing tends to make the brakes hot too. ;)

    But yeah, it would have been cool for them to take it around the patch once. However I understand - it *does* cost quite a bit more money. It's cool that they're doing this at all.
     
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    And takeoff and landings are two most dangerous parts of a flight. This is one load of passengers you take no chances with!

    Besides, if you do something really exciting in the cabin to distract the kids they'll never notice that the plane never left the ground. Remember, these are same minds who accept that Santa Claus can go around the world in a single night.
     
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    What a good story. :) I'm going to pass it along.
     
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    Whoa, he doesn't?

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    Yes ... yes... Of course he does.... how else do all those presents get delivered....:D Now be good.... there are only 9 more sleeps 'til the jolly guy arrives.
     
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    Rodimus Prime

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    you forgot another key element. It not the danager or take off and landing but the danger to the kids dealing with the pressure change. Remember there are quite a few people who not allowed to fly because of the fact they can not handle pressure change and even if they where just taking off and landing they still go a few thousand feet in the air.
     
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    Who is this person???

    Do they not know of Teh Force™.

    For shame. :p

    (I bet the kids love the roar of the engines and the vibration of the jet taxiing down the runway.) :D
     

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