Saturday, June 9, 2012

If you read yesterday's post about the ATC conversation with the female captain, you may be interested in the rest of the story also provided by Todd Bohon:

"Everyone assumes that the phrase "balls to the wall" refers to, er, testicles, when in fact the origins are elsewhere. Ever seen the throttle knobs on a DC-3? Two small round, plastic knobs that are black and looked exactly like pool balls. When the throttles on the earliest airliners were pushed to the forward stops, or firewalled, you were said to be going "Balls to the wall" and it apparently took hold not only in our aviation lexicon, but generally for anything with a throttle."

So that's your aviation trivia for the day.

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