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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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