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PostSubject: Gremlins and their kin   Mon 28 Jul 2008, 7:22 am

I have stumbled across this funny piece on the recent and much-publicized aircraft accident over the Philippines: http://theparanormalpastor.blogspot.com/2008/07/gremlins-on-attack.html .
As you know my father is a retired civilian pilot so I am pretty familiar with the whole "gremlin" thing: of course he never met these malicious creatures in person but it's sort of "common knowledge" in the field. Everybody seems to know somebody else who had strange experiences (usually equipment malfunction) in flight and blamed them on the gremlins but you usually fail to find somebody who has been a first-hand witness.
I did a little research in the past amd discovered a considerable similitude with some similar creatures which have long been said to inhabit ships. The main difference seems to be that while the shipborne variety is hideous to look at it's benevolent, the airborne variety is as hideous to look as completely malignant and bent on causing mischief or even disaster.
What do you reckon? You'd expect aircraft pilot, highly trained and usually well-educated, to be above such old sailors' tales.
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PostSubject: Re: Gremlins and their kin   Wed 30 Jul 2008, 6:11 am

Thats a good link Mauro. The only thing I know about them is what I have seen on the Twilight Zone Wink .

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PostSubject: Re: Gremlins and their kin   Thu 31 Jul 2008, 8:55 am

Yes, a classic episode, perhaps today better known for having inspired an episode from The Simpsons.
I have no wonder that this littlepiece of modern folklore deserves attention from specialists in sociology. Aircraft crews during the Second World War were subjected to a tremendous amount of stress: imagine flying a thousand miles in the dark in a cramped fuselage, at below freezing temperatures with the sound of four Merlins splitting your eardrums, while keeping an eye out for flak and night fighters. Oh, and let's not forget equipment malfunction. Or perhaps imagine carrying out a maritime patrol in the North Atlantic Gap. I bet most of us would start seeing things too.
What always made me smile about the gremlins is when they are said to chuckle or laugh: how can you hear anything over the sound of those immensely powerful piston engines?
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