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My Introduction to the Mag-Check Charlie legend
« on: February 15, 2020, 09:35:35 AM »

My father was stationed on Johnston Island from 1961 to 1962. He was in the Air Force and was the First Sgt at that time. He was also the bartender at the Officer/Airmans club.
When he came home he told me the story of Mag-Check Charlie.
He said most island atoll airbases (Wake & Midway) had similiar stories. As a bartender he would serve pilots drinks. If they were new pilots flying props in an
overnight stopover and new to the Pacific, he would tell them about Mag-Check Charlie.
"Sir, when you do a mag-check before taking off, look to your left. If you see a shark fin in the water. That is Mag-Check Charlie. He is listening to your mags.
If they ain't right. He'll meet you at the end of the runway."
On several occasions he would be on the flight line and laugh as he saw the pilots staring into the ocean.

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