The plane enthusiasts thread

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Spinney

Spinney

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I like the fact that the interval between starting the two threads is comparable to the interval between the invention of the subjects.
What, nearly a century? Didn't think cyclechat had been going that long!
(I'm going on Stephenson in 1815 and the Wrights in 1903 - which kind of plane are you thinking of?)
 
IMO it's not that big an achievement considering she's had all the support the modern world provide - comms, nav etc.

However it does show what a great achievement Amy Johnson's original solo flight was back in 1930
 

Diogenes

brr, summer's over
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Spinney

Spinney

Bimbleur extraordinaire
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They still had a lightning that they flew now and then when I started work at BAe at Warton (rather a long time ago now)
 

Brandane

Fair weather cyclist.
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Ayrshire.
Anorak alert! I am going to Orlando for a couple of weeks later this month to find some much needed :sun:.

I will be flying with BA, and the sensible way would be Glasgow-Gatwick-Orlando. However they fly the Boring 777 on that route. I used to do regular flying back in my youth, and loved the original "jumbo jet", Boeing 747. BA seem to be phasing them out in favour of the new Airbus 380, so I saw that there was a flight option to go Glasgow-Heathrow-New York JFK- Orlando. The Heathrow-JFK leg is on one of these, so despite the inconvenience of an extra stop, that is the way I am going! The 747 is a thing of beauty, unlike the more modern replacements, and chances to fly on them are becoming rare.

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Diogenes

brr, summer's over
I fly fairly regularly to the Scottish Islands and it's usually in one of these -

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Noisy, seriously noisy (especially in row 4, where I spent most of one flight figuring out where the propeller would slice through my leg if it fell off). Uncomfortable (I think the planes are 30 years old and there's very little padding left in the seats) and the temperature fluctuates between chilly and roasting several times per flight - I'm sure the driver just opens a window for air.
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On the plus side, you often get the plane virtually to yourself -
 
Bummer


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Oooops - sorry - Bomber
Digressing somewhat, I was watching the first episode of 'Super-Truckers' on the (cable TV channel) 'Quest', & in the opening sequence it showed a Vulcan, so exactly what connection there will be to it, in a forthcoming episode, I have no idea???

Does anyone remember seeing the sad, & forlorn Lightning, at the side of the A1, at Balderton(?) that was there for a few years, getting more and more derelict/vandalised??

My photos are from April 2005, with one of my old Discoverys in front of it

It's gone altogether now

http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/lightning/survivor.php?id=65
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