erik lundegaard

Why You Should Never Name Your Plane “Green Hornet”

I don't want to make light of a book that contains the horrors that Laura Hillenbrand's “Unbroken” contains, but I find it—how do I put this?—superheroally appropriate that a WWII airplane named Super Man, after getting shot 594 times during an air battle over the island of Nauru, continues to fly many hours and hundreds of miles over the Pacific Ocean to deposit its crew safely on the island of Funafuti; while a plane called Green Hornet can't handle one rescue mission, crashes into the ocean, and in effect causes all the unspeakable horrors that ensue.

Name your planes well, people.

Super Man, an F-24, as seen in Laura Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken"

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Posted at 07:01 AM on Fri. Apr 15, 2011 in category Books  
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