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Everything posted by hurricanemk1c

  1. Belated Happy Birthday boss - hope you enjoyed it!
  2. Very belated Happy Birthday Alan! Hope you enjoyed the day!
  3. My grandfather was based in Gib for a couple of years tending to the coastal guns. Remembers taking a trip out on a Shackleton.....
  4. I was wondering what was missing when I checked in just now!
  5. Judging from where AvHerald is stating the crash site was, it appears to have taken off and turned right http://avherald.com/h?article=4b8bfb2d&opt=0
  6. John - http://avherald.com/h?article=49d2d7e3&opt=0 I must admit until reading the AvHerald report on the current incident I had forgotten about the incident in 2016
  7. EASA had issued an Airworthiness Directive regarding that particular CFM engine (CFM56-7B) to ultrasonically test each fan blade by the end of the year, but nothing from the FAA. That has since been done, for high-cycle (30000+) engines, with a Service Bulletin covering the rest. Very sad to hear of the fatality. And I too noticed the limited number wearing the masks correctly
  8. It seems as if we have upset him somehow. Don't know how though! Great leg John - a bit bigger than what you are used to!
  9. Interesting flight Steph! Apologies about the Vulcan - the owners were rather worried about what could happen to it!
  10. With the recent build-up of Putinfeld's attempts at seizing the baton, quick turn-arounds and quick flights would be in order. Previously, I used the SR-71 to get from point to point quickly and (relatively) economically. With a 800nm flight ahead, my mind turned to what I could possibly lay my hand on to take me there. Logic dictated something reasonably big to handle the fuel load, but I decided on something a little more, well, sporty..... Yep, an English Electric Lightning F3. Maximum range is around 800 miles, but I wasn't planning to go direct...... Jumping in the cockpit, I hit the "rapid start" button to my bottom right With smokey results! With watching eyes over me, I go for a quick taxi Saving a minute or two by not backtracking, I floor it BANG It suddenly becomes very drafty With all that's been happening recently, my thoughts turned to very suspicious motives for the bang. As it turns out, I hadn't locked the canopy, and with the climb / rapid level out, it popped open Flying the world's second recorded convertible Lightning was interesting to say the least..... Although it caused me an issue. Knowing the lengths that people will go to, I hatch a cunning plan.......... "Pisco Centre, I'm dropping a package at these co-ordinates, and will be back in 6 hours time". Having flown south along the coast, I come across the nearest airport and decided to warm up by landing Perfect touch-down! And shut down, and preparing for my next ride. I wonder what it can be?
  11. At the end of the last leg, I left you all wondering where I was, following the failure of the canopy on my Lightning. I was wondering that myself, and there appeared to be no-one around to ask. Surprisingly, mobile reception was also poor (considering the vast open space I was standing in), so it's taken me a while to source an alternative form of transportation to get to Simon Bolivar International (somewhere that, at this particular time, sounded like heaven) A few hours later, I managed to venture into the local town. San Juan de Marcona is a town of around 20,000 people with vast reserves of iron ore. The Chinese bought the mining company in 2009 and is the main source of employment in the town. That's the only real reason for the airport and port (and indeed the town being there in the first place). Anyway, through the power of luck (since I don't speak Spanish, Quechua, Aymara or Chinese, I managed to source my next ride A nice Olympus 301-powered Vulcan B2. That should do the trick, especially for what I have planned for Putinfeld's cronies Engines started and nice cool air starts to circulate. I hate the heat As per normal for a Vulcan, she leaps into the air, even with a full fuel load However it is very easy to overspeed..... Turning to follow the coast Leaving our calling card At an appropriate point, I open the bomb doors and drop a 28lb practice bomb, with a note wrapped around it Now, you should all recall that I dropped a "package" at a certain point and requested the location from ATC. This was my lunchbox (that was rapidly emptied before being ejected). Knowing that Putinfeld would think it was the baton, and a chance to ensnare a pilot, I allowed him to go on a nice pointless journey. I do hope he's a Douglas Adams fan though...... Little job done, we carry on northwards Cruising along at 45,000ft - not much to see really! Especially out of a Vulcan Just as we finish cruise-climbing to 50,000ft, it's time to descend I hatch another plan, looking roughly at the map. If we fly up that estuary, we arrive at the airport. Nice and low Going down! Having been sat at high altitude for most of the flight, it was good to get down in the dirt for the last section Giving the fish a wash What my navigator forgot to tell me was the city of Guayaquil was in between us and the airport. Ah well, the locals got a nice surprise My entrance was, shall we say, unorthodox. And loud Top of the climb, having climbed the 10,000ft in less than a minute With a touch more fuel to burn, I went in for another low pass And a loop, just to finish things off Being sensible for a change, a decent landing Hmm, don't like the look of that King Air that started to taxi as soon as we landed Luckily he carried on past and soon took flight. Plan B would have been a blast of the throttles And all shut down in Simon Bolivar's Airport, although now it's José Joaquín de Olmedo's. I hope Steph is here soon. I hate hot weather IRIS Vulcan used Note: No fish were harmed in the course of the flight!
  12. Neat little aircraft there Tim!
  13. Yep. Daylight raids had an average loss rate of over 10% by the middle of 1941 - small formations were no match for the Luftwaffe (an experience the USAAF found at the start of their bombing offensive). Post D-Day there was quite a bit of daylight raids by the heavies as well - tactical at first then moving on to strategic. General description may be wrong but it looks good!
  14. The residents of Desierto de Atacama must have wondered what was happening between our departures! Great leg Matt!
  15. There was three options for getting off the island: Low and slow Low and fast High and fast Low and slow (a) was out of the question. With around 2,000nm to travel, there was no way I was hiring a little aircraft to spend my day looking at water. Plus considering recent events, when attempts were made to go low and slow (see Leg 20 Part 2) it didn't work out too well for the pilot or the challenge. Option 2 was considered. Low and fast. Sounds interesting. But high speed flight at low altitude uses vast amounts of fuel, and keeping that range was important. Plus the concentration required over that distance, as well as navigational challenges, ruled it out. Some tempting offers were received for aircraft though. A rusty old F-111 was offered at a bargain price That leaves the final option - high and fast. A key requirement would be out-pacing any airliner or business jet - so supersonic it would have to be. Also, getting nice and high would be good - well above what is normally possible. Not many options here, so time for some bargaining. Hopefully this won't take long............ Well over a month later, my ride arrived into the island. In a crate or forty. Not ideal, but it would hopefully hide my intentions for a while, as long as Putinfeld doesn't look inside little boats. Assembling my chosen aircraft was reasonably easy, which was quite surprising considering what it was. Construction was in a small-ish hangar well away from the main apron. The first engine run would be the time I advanced the throttles to go. My shipper says the engines run perfectly. I hope he's right. There's not a lot to save me around here, and a crash would inevitably get unwanted attention. A plan was formed to get going early one morning. Everything I do in this challenge seems to involve an early start! A brief look over the aircraft seemed to reveal no outstanding issues. It was time to squirm into the pressure suit and get into the high-altitude mindset Hmm, the only commercial airline to fly here is LAN Chile with Dreamliners. That looks a bit odd Getting ready to push back. That front pillar is annoying The rather bright pushback tug doesn't help my stealthy departure, although soon everyone will know A short taxi to the end of the runway and fingers crossed time Blue flames shoot out the back. Impressive looking, but unusual! Lift off. I'll continue climbing now until around 70,000ft Leaving the sweltering island behind. Thank god Out into the inky blackness of the morning Safely away from the island, it's time to head up to speed. Up to this point I had been climbing at around Mach 0.85. Onwards and upwards to Mach 3 As we climb up, sunrise comes nice and early We took a little diversion to take a few photos of Isla San Felix. Around 1,800 miles from Easter Island, it took around an hour and ten minutes to fly. The island is just off the nose of the aircraft, as we pass over at 74,000ft Turning onto a direct course for Chile Space, the final frontier. A beautiful view All too soon it's time to descend from the dizzy heights to land. Descent started some 300nm from the Chilean coast Running over the coast at 450kts and 10,000ft Breaking for the airport Established on the ILS, with my ground speed horrifyingly low (down from 1,750kts to 250!) Touchdown just before the chute streamed. Not my best landing! With burning rubber and a beautiful braking parachute, we slow down A deserted terminal. Good from a security point of view, but where is my next pilot? After a two hour flight, it's time to get some air With everything shut down, we have to wait for the aircraft to cool down a bit before moving it. A nice black aircraft will attract some attention around here, so I quickly scurry off to a hotel on the other side of the city. I hope the next pilot comes soon - there's some suspicious looking people around here........ Aircraft used: Updated Alphasim SR-71(Paul R. Varn)
  16. Thanks all for the comments! Getting away from the snow Joe?
  17. Great way to finish the section Jess - love the VC10!
  18. A nice relaxing read Mike!
  19. Incredible piece of writing Matt - thoroughly enjoyable!