Originally Posted by at_nyc
But only when it's flown by an air force from the "other" side of the pond!
There have been many reports about jets flying or attempting to fly uderneath tram cables lines. Not everyone was an USAF/Marines/Navy jet. In Italy, only two appears to have had mortal consequences that I know of because had a high mediatic impact, both at the same place, the Alpe Cermis.
But as an example, in the late '80s (summer 1987) an Italian Air Force MB326 (jet trainer, the predecessor to the MB339) did flow too close to the Falzarego pass tram and cut a cable. Thanks luck, by a combination of factors the trams did not fall (there are no towers in between the top and bottom stations, which may have been part of the problem, first rule at flight school I was taught, don't look for cables, look for towers!)
maybe because the cable cut was the traction one and not the main one...
Originally Posted by epic
We don't have a monopoly on that. The French Air Force knocked one down too.
1961, Mont Blanc, Aiguille du Midi
Anyway, this is going OT.
I have no personal preferences as for Trams or Gondolas. I do agree with Sosumi, Trams were the first way devised by man to access otherwise un-accessible parts of a mountain. And in some cases are still so.
Passo Falzarego again, I don't see the Tram there can be replaced by Gondi.
Passo Pordoi, same thing, these two places are too steep for a gondi to be built in place of the Tram... Edited by Nobody - 2/14/10 at 7:26am