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It was the late 1980s, and a Pan Am 727 was holding at Berlin Tegel.

Another Pan Am 727 made a less than graceful arrival, clouds of smoke from the tires, clouds of smoke from the reversers, horizontal stab shaking alarmingly, and the whole thing bouncing around until it safely vacated the runway.

The Holding Pan Am Aircraft, Over the Radio:
"Is that you, Hank?"

The New Arrival:
"Yup."

Holding Pan Am:
"Anyone hurt?"

New Arrival:
"Nope."


Pete Wild
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