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    Default My First Solo

    Think this is the best place for this post ... it relates to flight training and ... well, I was certainly flying like a dummy at various points around the circuit - 70 knots in an orbit, full flaps on very long finals etc!!

    Anyway, been meaning to dig out this old tape for a while now. Finally got round to it and voila, here's a video of my first solo flight, way back in 1992. The picture and sound quality are not exactly broadcast quality but you can hear most of the R/T most of the time. I have added sub-titles for some of the harder to understand bits or the more pertinent bits.

    I would have put this on YouTube, but there's a 10 minute limit and this video is 16 minutes. Try as I might, I just couldn't edit it down any more!

    The video starts at the end of some dual circuit training with the instructor on board ... short finals, runway 20.

    Hope you enjoy - brings back happy memories for me



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    High Flight

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
    I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    ........just happened to come to mind PPanPan. Don't know why. My brain works different than most others.....
    "War has a grim purpose and is extremely complex. Sophisticated planning and doctrine are present at every level. Yet at the point of fire battle is the essence of chaos and violence."

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    I remember my first solo flight (Aug 7,1966) like it was yesterday. Don't have a video but it is implanted in my mind forever.


    "The most important branch of aviation is pursuit, which fights for and gains control of the air"
    U.S. Brigadier General William Mitchell

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