The plane enthusiasts thread

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Spinney, 9 Jan 2016.

  1. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Under the Edge
    If the rail enthusiasts have a thread, I thought the plane enthusiasts should too...

    Here's a woman who has just completed Amy Johnson's flight to Australia in a biplane, although with a bit more support than Amy had!
  2. OP

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Under the Edge
    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?)
  3. Ffoeg

    Ffoeg .

    The Isle of Carl
    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
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  4. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill


    Oooops - sorry - Bomber
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  5. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    huh... all i can see is some fields, a few trees and a river.
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  6. Diogenes

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

    Can you see the scuba diver parachuting over the mountains?

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  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    The Wright brothers borrowed some of this mans material.
  8. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

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  9. Diogenes

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

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  10. OP

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Under the Edge
    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)
  11. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    Crikes, that is some ladder you have @twentysix by twentyfive :eek:
  12. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    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.

  13. Diogenes

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

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


    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. IMAG0821.jpg

    On the plus side, you often get the plane virtually to yourself -
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  14. OP

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Under the Edge
    Somewhere I've got a pic of peering through the cockpit window on the approach to Lukla. Might try and find it sometime.

    If you've never heard of Lukla, look it up! An interesting runway, to say the least!
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  15. 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
    Aircraft. English Electric Lightning. XN728. 1.JPG Aircraft. English Electric Lightning. XN728. 2.JPG Aircraft. English Electric Lightning. XN728. 3.JPG
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