This was way back in the mid-70ís.
Just before Christmas in my Coast Guard days I received orders for transfer from a ship based in Kodiak AK back down to the lower 48. During those days there was just one flight out each morning with Wein Air Alaska. On the day of departure it was in the mid-teens and snowing moderately. The flight was still on so after the trip to the Kodiak airport and boarding the plane, we taxied to the end of the runway at the foot of Mt. Barometer. The other end of the runway ran out into the sea. In true carrier fashion the pilot revved up the engines on the twin jet Boeing ( canít remember the type) and let go of the brakes.
As we built up speed I could feel the aircraft start to twist sideways as she slipped on the icy runway. First one way then the other. Iím sure I wasnít the only one who left deep imprints in the vinyl handrests. Finally we lifted off and a huge sigh of relief was heard among the passengers.
A few moments later the Captain announced over the speaker system that ďthe Kodiak airport had just closed.Ē
Merry Christmas everyone.
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