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  •  You can never beat the lowest low pass (9+ / 0-)

    The best you can do is a tie.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:09:53 PM PST

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    •  This reminds me of an old friend, Barry Tempest.. (6+ / 0-)

      ...who was a noted pilot and all-round 'aviation person'. In a case of 'poacher-turner gamekeeper', the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority - probably on a day when everyone had a brain freeze - appointed Barry to a staff position in the Safety Regulation Group. The CAA put him in charge of the new system of Display Authorizations for pilots who intended to indulge in display flying at organized events. This includes, to this day, approval of the routine to be flown in each machine, and a closely specified list of conditions. This also includes the routine being demonstrated to a CAA examiner.

      Needless to say, Barry ensured that he was issued with Display Authorization No.1, (in a Tiger Moth) and cleared himself down to ZERO feet. Part of his routine (which he flew at several of my events), included balancing the Tiger on the mainwheels (brakes hard on) and the tail being well off the ground!! To see it, hanging there, stopped YOU  dead in your tracks!

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:27:17 PM PST

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    •  This guy left a trail in the grass (3+ / 0-)

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:52:51 AM PST

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