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8 Miles High

Posted by Lotg on December 05, 2003

In Reply to: 8 Miles High posted by Barry 'Lewis' White on December 05, 2003

: : : : : : : : : : : This expression dates back to the days of the DC 3 and the beginning of private aviation. It refers to someone who has done the deed at altitude and used to be quite rare. Recently, I heard from an International Stewardess (sorry, flight attendant) that it not at all rare anymore -- happens all the time on night flights. Can this really be?????

: : : : : : : : : : I don't know. The only places I ever get to go are work and church. But I'm interested in seeing who will admit to firsthand knowledge.

: : : : : : : : : I've heard it used here in California, not this year but recently enough that I wouldn't say it's obsolete.

: : : : : : : : mile high club, the A fantasy club for which the only criterion of membership is that a person has been fortunate enough to have had sexual intercourse whilst flying as a passenger on a plane. First heard during the international flight boom of the early seventies and swiftly picked up by popular newspapers in the US and the UK. Still very popular (presumably people are 'joining' every day as air traffic steadily increases). Gays are also eligible, withh the captain's announcement 'we are now cruising at 30,000 feet' often causing amusement on US flights. One memorable British equivalent is the 'three foot six high club' whose members join by having sex during a British Rail journey (Nic Van Hear, 1980), although this club has as yet escaped the newspapers' attention.
: : : : : : : : From _The Slanguage of Sex_ by Brigid McConville & John Shearlaw
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: : : : : : : : Mile-high club. A notional 'club' evolving in the 1970s of those who have coupled sexually while in an aeroplane. The first recorded incident have taken place in 1916, when Lawrence Sperry, an aircraft designer flying a biplane over New York, lost control and crashed, although he and his lover lived to tell the tale. A more recent equivalent is the 'mile-deep club', whose members have followed their example while travelling through the Channel Tunnel.
: : : : : : : : The Mile High Club had a bad press over the past couple of days. The arrest of married strangers Amanda Holt and David Machin, following their brief encounter in the business-class section of an American Airlines aircraft, was an unromantic ending to their sky-high liaison.
: : : : : : : : _The Times_ (6 October 1999)
: : : : : : : : From _Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable_ by Adrian Room
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: : : : : : : : Jokes about the Mile-High Club, about balling pilots in the cockpit or passengers in the toilet. (J. Wells, _Come Fly with Us_, 1972)
: : : : : : : : The "Mile-High Club," in which membership is limited to couples who have had sex on commercial airline flights. (_TV Guide_, August 5, 1989)

: : : : : : : Oh...coupling on private jets doesn't count? Dang.

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: : : : : : Ha ha, you guys are all just living in hope!!!

: : : : : : Oh, and do you know there's actually a TV series (English I think) called the Mile High Club. I saw a portion of an episode (it was all I could stand), and it makes Baywatch look intellectual.

: : : : : :::Why am I not surprised to see a response from the Goddess to this phrase? Every once in awhile you do get some expert opinion on this site.

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: : : : Expert huh? Should I be complimented or offended? I'll choose the former. Either way you'll pay for this - he he!!

: : : :::Goddess -- a compliment was intended. And it will be my pleasure to accept the consquences of my actions.

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: : The 'mile high club' is wrongly named as at a mile up in the air the seat belt signs are still on and movement is restricted: better if it were named the 'Six mile high club'.

: Having flown during the last 48 hours amid turbulence over the Irish Sea, it would have been very tricky to complete the act of copulation in a satisfactory manner in such conditions. In fact, joining the mile high club is probably the only advantage that a man with a hair trigger has over the rest of us. As for train toilets - they are almost all unpleasant. Come to think of it, I think I once had my end away in the washroom of a narrow-boat (barge), which was cleaner if no less cramped.

: A man of my size and athleticism needs a decent stage on which to perform!

: With Love from the Walrus of Lurve!

I am highly amused and enthralled with the alleged achievements and prowess of my fellow Phrase Finders. And the humility shown by the Walrus of Lurve has certainly bowled this maiden over.

It has changed my perception of the Phrase Finders. I sometimes visualise the people writing this stuff and have often wondered if you all just sit around doing this stuff all day, or have any other life. I'm now in regular email contact with one of the PFs and he's turned out to be a good looking 6'2" yank who's life is extraordinary.

And now this... Maybe we're not all nerds after all.