Rave Wrote:From a good friend of mine, who is now a retired BA pilot but started his career at BOAC, the Mark 11 was not highly regarded or looked after by pilots in the latter days of use. A Mark 11 would be thrown in the map bag collected by the captain before he boarded the plane. When my friend was flying in the 1970s, most pilots had bought their own new electric or quartz watches and the Mark 11 was rarely pulled out of the bag. He recalls examples being several minutes out on a long haul flight to Australia. South of the equator lacked the navigational beacons that allowed pilots to navigate north of the equator without recourse to sextant and watch. Sadly, my friend who has none of the emotional attachments that I have to the Mark 11, has any idea as to what happened to the watches after they were abandoned. They did not have the same level of servicing that the MOD watches had and were considered to be relics of a bye-gone age. A bit like the 747s that make up much of the long haul fleet today.
I used to think it was clever to confuse comedy with tragedy. Now I wish I could distinguish them. John le Carré
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cinq Wrote:Thanks clepsydra for the story and picture!Kind regards,Clemens
Best regards,Jim"We are the other people, we are the other people...you're the other people too!" Frank Zappa
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