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  •  While in the ATC (2+ / 0-)
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    I did some glider training in the Kirby Mk 3.  Open cockpit, no flaps or spoilers.  On my first solo, I rounded out over  the grass, only to have the glider proceed in ground effect for about half a mile before settling to the ground.  Not quite as bad as the other guy from my squadron, who tried to land the glider 30 feet above the runway.  With an open cockpit you could hear the instructor bellowing at the poor lad as he sailed by.

    In all of the world's problems religion has never been the solution

    by Tailgunner30uk on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:39:25 AM PST

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    •  I have a great shot of the one used by... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...Prince Andrew, when he did his glider training. It will be the subject of a diary, of course!

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:01:42 AM PST

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      •  The words are burnt into my heart. (2+ / 0-)
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        Probably due to both the fascinated fear, like watching a train wreck, and the fact that those of us on the ground nearly wet ourselves laughing..

        The gentleman in question completed his turn onto the base leg of his circuit far too high, then turned onto finals to line up with the runway at about 50-60 feet, and levelled out.  The glider approached stalling speed and started to buck.  From the rear cockpit the instructor could be heard shouting "Put the nose down...  Private * put the nose down." Then somewhat more insistently "Put the F*$%#&G nose down...  I have control!!" being barely 16 years old I was shocked, I tell you, at the language, after all anyone could have heard.  The glider then swooped gracefully into land.  To this day there haven't been many times when I have laughed harder.

        In all of the world's problems religion has never been the solution

        by Tailgunner30uk on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:44:02 AM PST

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