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    Re: Bubble horizon
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2002 Dec 17, 01:18 -0500

    I too, have heard about navigators getting sucked out of the pespect domes
    that used to be affixed to aircraft. The stories were always gruesome and
    usually involved headless navigators.  'nuff said on that. Matter of fact,
    an aircrew member was supposedly killed in about 1989 or thereabouts because
    he got sucked out the dome. The aircraft ended up emergency landing in
    Frobisher Bay. That was the story anyway. It happened too long ago for me to
    verify it.
    > KC-135s used to have flat windows on top of the plane near the bubble
    > sextant port. I heard they were replaced with metal plates after an
    > accident in the 80s (?) in which a nav got sucked out to his death.
    > Such stories are often apocryphal, but there may be some truth to this
    > one. The one -135 I worked on in my career, in the 1990s, did have the
    > window openings plated over. In fact, I heard the story of the nav
    > from one of the crew chiefs on that bird, after he noticed me playing
    > with the periscopic sextant. What a way to die.

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