February 7, 2020 at 5:39 pm #105735
February 28, 2020 at 10:22 pm #107919
My first solo flight was in an old ‘all metal’ glider.
The glider was owned by one of the shopkeepers in the village where I lived, and because of costs etc, we used to attach the tug rope to the back of a really old 4×4 Landrover, which would drive as fast as it could towards the edge of the hill- just fast enough to get the glider airborne, and then at the last moment, the land rover would turn to the left and away from the edge.
The glider would be airborne by now, just , but not much higher than the land rover and it regularly took a bit of a stomach churning dip as it left the hill and we jettisoned the tug rope!
Even though it was now lower than the take off point, it was around 14-1500 feet high over the valley and when it reached the village, it was flying at about 2000 feet ?
Elf n safety – what’s that?
February 28, 2020 at 10:27 pm #107921
- This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Mike 700.
Sounds a bit like the gliding club at Whipsnade, but at least we got an aero-tow. Interesting sitting in an upcurrent looking down on the elephants in the zoo.February 28, 2020 at 10:39 pm #107923
Yup, the things we used to do eh?February 29, 2020 at 3:25 pm #107990
Just when I thought “It can’t get much worse”
I log on to find I must write stuff in verse.
So, Mike 700, I’ll answer your rhyme
With apologies that I just took so much time.
I, also, was offered a Lightning flight
The medico’s said that that was allright.
But fate’s fickle finger then interposed
The mag I was writing it up for was closed!
Now, I can’t afford a South African flit…
So I’ll save up me pennies and try for a Spit’.February 29, 2020 at 4:41 pm #108007
I’m proud to boast that the company I work (ed) for supplies the Infrared Search & Track Dome and Imaging Module for the Eurofighter.
🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎March 1, 2020 at 10:51 pm #108104
Thales? Was Barr & Stroud?March 4, 2020 at 6:08 pm #108485
Here’s another…March 18, 2020 at 9:10 am #109576
Two more..March 18, 2020 at 9:10 am #109577March 24, 2020 at 10:06 am #110076
My childhood was spent in NZ, next to the RNZAF training runway at Wigwram. Used to see Bristol Freighters, the odd Vampire, Bell Iroquois, but the best was the regular formation flying and acrobatics/dogfights done by the Harvards, usually 5-6 at a time, right over our house. Regularly saw Skyhawks & the odd F-111 Aardvark from Australia
Wife No. 2 lived on the river in Pitlochry, often had fast jets skimming the river/dam, if you stood on the dam you felt the heat/wash as they came over then dropped down below you. Best thing there was a Hercules doing the same, looked enormous!
But loudest of all for me was a very low level flyby and full throttle climb of a B-52 at Aberdeen airport, my work was at the end of the runway, I sat looking straight at the beast as it came in & it came right over the building at a few hundred feet, shaking everything in it…Fabulous.
In life, it's not who you know that's important, it's how your wife found out.March 24, 2020 at 3:45 pm #110128
Lots of air activity at Bournemouth (Hurn if you’re as old as me) today. Looks like aircraft are coming here to park up for the duration. Two Virgin Airbuses came from Prestwick and three BA flights from London and Cardiff. It’s a world problem – where to put aircraft that are normally mostly in the air.March 25, 2020 at 9:32 am #110184
Two more British Airways Airbuses en route to Bournemouth just now. If I was allowed out I’d pop down there to count the tail fins. Must be getting quite crowded by now.March 25, 2020 at 11:34 am #110197
…and another one.March 25, 2020 at 1:15 pm #110203
Wigwam – where are they going to put ’em? I use Hurn whenever possible (really helpful staff, not Gatwick Zombies) and I know it’s pretty small. Will they move the Guppy? And if they want to dump that sad, red hunter, can I have it please?March 25, 2020 at 1:22 pm #110204
They seem to be stacking them on the old North South runway- can’t be sure as Although I can see the approach from here, I can’t think of an excuse to drive that way!
Fourth of the day coming in now:
BA9255 from London to Bournemouth https://fr24.com/BAW9255/24454091March 25, 2020 at 1:31 pm #110208
And here it is…March 25, 2020 at 1:41 pm #110210
Nice to see yourself keeping occupied Wigwam. I wonder if the low flying MOD Jet that scared the life out of me whilst mowing the lawn was on a Ensential Journey.March 25, 2020 at 2:10 pm #110217
Quite possibly not JS – reminds me of my nephew when in the army taking a 4 ton truck on a round trip from Boscombe Down to Bassingbourn because he’d left a pair of boots behind. Put it down as driver training.March 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm #110221
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Another BA Airbus just left Heathrow to park up at Bournemouth. The novelty has worn off now, so I’m going to have to find something else to do. Mrs W keeps mentioning decorating…</p>March 25, 2020 at 3:22 pm #110225
Wigwam – forever in your debt: why had I not heard of FR site before? Marvellous place, will help keep me happier stuck at home!March 25, 2020 at 3:37 pm #110228
The six of the day is coming in from Gatwick shortly Tharg. Keep up the watch for me!March 25, 2020 at 5:02 pm #110245
BA A320 en route now. Over Pompey at this moment.March 25, 2020 at 5:05 pm #110246
There’s Diamond DA 42 doing circuits at Hurn. Ought to get out of the 320’s path I reckon.
Stewth, that site is deadly. I do have other things I ought to do! lolMarch 25, 2020 at 5:08 pm #110247
Diamond landed. A320 on long downwind leg.
I must stop this!March 25, 2020 at 5:15 pm #110250
And here he is: