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Leg 32: Pisco International (SPSO) - Good Question!

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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.....

 

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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

 

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With smokey results!

 

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With watching eyes over me, I go for a quick taxi

 

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Saving a minute or two by not backtracking, I floor it

 

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BANG

 

It suddenly becomes very drafty

 

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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

 

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Flying the world's second recorded convertible Lightning was interesting to say the least.....

 

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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".

 

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Having flown south along the coast, I come across the nearest airport and decided to warm up by landing

 

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Perfect touch-down!

 

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And shut down, and preparing for my next ride. I wonder what it can be?

 

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New competition - Where's Wally Chuck!

 

I'm on tenterhooks Chuck, looking forward to  the next installment. :rockon:

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Was a bit windy in the cockpit during that flight,:D wonder how easy it is to find a replacement.

 

Nicely flown Kieran and great shots, thanks for the views.:thum: 

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An old schoolfriend converted from Hunter F6s to Lightnings. He described takeoff as, "Like sticking a very large rocket up your backside and lighting the blue touchpaper."

 

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