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Old 18th Feb 2021, 22:33
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Leslie Howard was in a similar kind of flight number. From Wikipedia:

In May 1943, Howard travelled to Portugal to promote the British cause. He stayed in Monte Estoril, at the Hotel Atl‚ntico, between 1 May and 4 May, then again between 8 May and 10 May and again between 25 May and 31 May 1943. The following day, 1 June 1943, he was aboard KLM Royal Dutch Airlines/BOAC Flight 777, "G-AGBB" a Douglas DC-3 flying to Bristol from Lisbon, when it was shot down by Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88C6 maritime fighter aircraft over the Atlantic (off Cedeira, A CoruŮa). He was among the 17 fatalities, including four KLM flight crew.
The full story of the flight, it's history and downing is interesting. Under the section Death : Wikipedia: Leslie Howard

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Old 18th Feb 2021, 23:03
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Originally Posted by akerosid View Post
Finnair topped that; until 2017, they had a flight 666 ... straight to HEL.
On Tuesdays in Fiji one had the choice of flying to SIN or FUN
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 03:15
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Was assigned a transponder code of 6666 in CDG a few years ago


It made the other pilot very uncomfortable, so much so he called clearance and asked for a different one


They didnít understand why but granted the request
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 09:18
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I have flown on FR666 DUB-BHX on several occasions, I think I even flew it on Friday 13th once. Thought it funny at first that they use such a number from such a Holy Country, someone somewhere was having a bit of fun with that one.
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 10:26
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I'm sure that I read some years back that the "666" being the Devil was a mistranslation by scholars of yesteryear and the actual number was '616', I suppose that that ooens up more possibilities for the superstitious flyers. The whole Friday the 13th thing was to do with the Knights Templar being rounded up and killed, yet has permeated some cultures so deeply that it has become a thing.
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 11:58
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Who decided to limit transponders to the digits 0-7 giving 4096 possible codes ? Prior to COVID, this was giving problems at busy times. A bit like two digit years and Y2K.
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 13:06
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Originally Posted by krismiler View Post
Who decided to limit transponders to the digits 0-7 giving 4096 possible codes ? Prior to COVID, this was giving problems at busy times. A bit like two digit years and Y2K.
As the saying goes, it seemed a good idea at the time.

Isn't one of the purposes of Mode S to mitigate the shortage of available Mode A codes ?
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 18:19
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I have a suspcion that 4096 is something to do with computer addressing/processing power/memory size.
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 23:22
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Originally Posted by Hartington View Post
I have a suspcion that 4096 is something to do with computer addressing/processing power/memory size.
Yep - it's an 8-bit thing from when processors were physically big, but powerfully small!
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 23:25
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666

And I was lucky enough to fly an ACMI flight for Bruce Dickinson's fan club when his Astraeus 757 went tech. Our call sign? Flystar 666 of course.
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Old 20th Feb 2021, 03:23
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A seat allocation of "G" is quite distressing on Vietnamese internal flights or S/E Asian flights especially on single aisle three plus three set ups. That is until it finally dawns that the letter "F" does not exist in their alphabet. No need to worry about being fed out of the escape hatch after all😊
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Old 20th Feb 2021, 17:07
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In the Far East, the number '8' is considered very lucky. When I was doing a telecomms contract in HKG, I was told to arrange the new telephone numbers so that the main company number would end '8888'. So I guess they like those flight numbers.
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Old 21st Feb 2021, 13:59
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The Asian fondness for the number 8 is why there is an A 380 but not 360 or 370 -yet.

On the telecoms front when the International Telecoms Union dished out country codes for the world Asia was allocated 8X or 8XX so they all got an 8 included in their country code. There is no 88 country code but some smaller countries get two eights like Taiwan 886 , whether that means Taiwan is luckier than PRG who knows.

A lot of politics involved with this exercise back in the 1960s with USA claiming 1 -(with some justification ) but that meant USSR also had to have a single digit code-7 (no justification). In Europe, France and Britain got the double number codes or 33 and 44 which for some reason was deemed better than 31 or 41.

As they say whats in a name -or number
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Old 21st Feb 2021, 17:03
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[QUOTE]Asian fondness for the number 8 is why there is an A 380[/QUOTE]

I seem to recall that it was originally conceived as the A3XX to signify its size, but that XX had morbid connotations in Asia, so the luckier 380 moniker came about.
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