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  • In his March 2008 article for Men's Vogue, Michael Walker describes a cargo pilot as someone who is “proudly and defiantly, a ‘freight dog,’ a nom de guerre freighted, so to speak, with many connotations, not all of them positive.�? Walker paints a picture of these dogs as devil-may-care rough-hewn characters who eschew the more prissy life of an airline pilot. In one of his typical long-winded, run-on, hyphen-laden sentences he tells us that, “Freight dogs famously fly decrepit, ‘clapped-out,’ analog-only hand-me-downs from the passenger airlines, and brushes with the reaper, duly embellished, make for great table rants over pitchers of Watney's at dog hangouts like the Petroleum Club in Alamaty, Kazakhstan; the Cyclone in Dubai; Sticky Fingers in Hong Kong; and the legendary Four Floors of Whores in Singapore, which, according to the dogs who frequent it, is a model of truth in advertising.�?

    July 11, 2009