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The Rescue of Flight 771

Old 16th Jan 2009, 14:41
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The Rescue of Flight 771

Its an old movie, and there have been several threads about it on PPRuNe in the past, but I'm after one in particular (or a pointer to the information)

Someone, somewhere posted an explanation of the mental processes/arithmetic the pilot of the Boeing used to calculate the position of the Cessna.

I remember thinking at the time, there is a man with a brain the size of a small planet - it was a lot more complex than implied in the movie.

Can anyone point me to a description of how he did it???
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Old 16th Jan 2009, 15:38
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Rescue of Flight 771

Hi pvmw

There is a detailed description of how he did it in this book Emergency Crisis on the Flight Deck. It details the whole episode and how they managed to find the Cessna.

Hope this helps

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Old 18th Jan 2009, 17:55
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the pilot of the Boeing
In the real incident it was an ANZ DC-10.
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Old 21st Jan 2009, 15:54
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Try a google on Captain Gordon Vette should help your search.
Hope it helps,
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Old 21st Jan 2009, 16:05
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Rescue Of Flight 771

I checked out a website about Gordon Vette and it came up with this web address.

It gives details of how the aural box pattern was flown that found him.

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http://www.navworld.com/navcerebrations/mayday.htm
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Old 21st Jan 2009, 20:31
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It was a truly spectacular piece of airmanship.
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Old 21st Jan 2009, 21:15
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Am I right in thinking Captain Vette got an award for his efforts in this rescue.
As said before an outstanding piece of airmanship. Can't imagine the modern day been counters would be too happy though.
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Old 25th Jan 2009, 15:08
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May I just re-recommend the book "Emergency". I'm currently reading it again and enjoying it just as much the second time!
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