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Old 16th Mar 2016, 11:04
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Female pilot to follow pioneer solo flight across globe to Oz
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After all the hype has this been scrubbed?
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 12:28
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Quote from Shaggy Sheep Driver:
"The TV programme was a missed opportunity."

I missed it. Can someone tell us what TV channel it was on, and perhaps - even better - provide a link, please?

Re the Tiger Moth plan, I think it's a bit unkind to talk about "all the hype." How should one try to raise the not-inconsiderable amount of money involved? Particularly if you may not be as well-connected as Miss Curtis-Taylor seems to be...
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Agreed - you need the hype to attract the sponsors. It is better, though, if the hype is honest (ie solo is solo, not dual!).
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Old 27th Apr 2016, 14:17
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It seems that Ms Curtis Taylor may have been proposed for an honour. Those who feel that this might be inappropriate could explain why to:

David Spooner
Honours and Appointments Secretariat
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Old 28th Apr 2016, 08:52
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I believe Ms Curtis - Taylor is the subject of some discussion in the UK and some of that discussion is being shut down.

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Old 28th Apr 2016, 09:43
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I believe Ms Curtis - Taylor is the subject of some discussion in the UK and some of that discussion is being shut down.

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May one ask in what way is it "being shut down" ?
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Old 28th Apr 2016, 10:11
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Planemike, a Jay Sata posted
Looks like she is up for an OBE but the UK main flying magazine forum has locked discussion on her gong and suggestions she cheated.
on http://www.pprune.org/pacific-genera...-darwin-4.html.

I was wondering what those geographically closer to the mentioned publication have to say.

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Old 28th Apr 2016, 17:28
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Should the Honours committee think fit to recommend an OBE then truly the definition "Other Buggers Efforts" applies. The lady must be congratulated on her success in gaining lucrative sponsorship, but that is all.
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Well worth a read !

http://www.pprune.org/private-flying...lo-flight.html
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Posts on both PPRuNe and Flyer about this award have been deleted by moderators in the last 48 hours. For info...
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Stearman severely damaged in WAT-related Arizona accident

According to a three-paragraph item in today's paper edition of The Daily Telegraph (my emphasis):
A British adventurer on a round-the-world journey has escaped without serious injury after her 1940s bi-plane crashed in the Arizona desert.
Tracey Curtis-Taylor suffered only bruises to her thigh after the vintage Boeing Stearman aircraft turned upside down after hitting a bush during takeoff at Winslow, where it had stopped for re-fuelling.
Ewald Gritsch, Ms Curtis-Taylor’s Austrian passenger, also escaped unharmed.


However, the same story is continued as follows in the on-line edition (again, my emphasis):
The plane, built in 1942 and known as the Spirit of Artemis, had been bound for Phoenix when the accident happened.
Writing on Facebook, Ms Curtis-Taylor, 53, said the crash had been caused by a combination of high density altitude and a partial lost of power at a height of about 50 feet shortly after takeoff.
“The Spirit of Artemis then started to sink which was not a great scenario with power lines directly ahead but thankfully there was open desert to the south,” she wrote.
“I did a gentle left turn and then levelled off. It hit the ground and rolled forward about twenty feet but then the right wheel struck a dense sage root mound which tore off the right landing gear and threw the plane onto its left wing. It then cartwheeled tail over the nose in a cloud of sand and dust.”
The crash left the aircraft with extensive damage, meaning Ms Curtis-Taylor will be unable to complete her trip across the United States this year, which started when she took off from Seattle last month. She has refused Boeing’s offer of a replacement plane because of her “deep attachment” to the Spirit of Artemis.


Sky News on-line edition states:
"The aircraft, which was part way through a journey from Seattle to Boston in a recreation of the pioneering US postal flights, suffered extensive damage."
It also carries a clear image of the stricken aircraft.

Further photos and background information are available in a slightly longer report here:
The 'Bird in a biplane' Tracey Curtis Taylor survives plane crash in Arizona | Daily Mail Online
"Miss Curtis-Taylor was travelling with Ewald Gritsch, her Austrian passenger for that leg of the journey, when the plane came down."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz48u6PndUj
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An interview with Ewald Gritsch about the project, and his restoration of the Stearman, is here:
The Stearman The Aviatrix

One wonders what might have been the total payload, i.e., the combined weight of pilot, "passenger" and any baggage. Presumably this was a daytime take-off, making a low-level inversion less likely?

[EDIT] Just noticed that Jay Sata beat me to it (this news) by over 24 hours with a new thread on the Private Flying forum. Posters have speculated that the selected mixture (fuel/air) ratio might have been too rich for the high density-altitude (hot-high). This aircraft may not have the standard Continental R-670 engine, later versions of which replaced a carburetor with fuel injection. Perhaps someone can tell us whether the pilot controls the mixture or if it is automatic?

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Old 18th May 2016, 00:33
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The first woman pilot was Amy Johnson CBE (UK pilot) who flew solo England to Australia in 1930, 19days 11hrs to Darwin, then proceeded to Melbourne with a safety pilot, due to exhaustion. Australian woman pilot, Freda Thompson OBE flew solo England to Australia in 1934. Australian pilot, Lores Bonney 1933 flew solo Brisbane to London in 157hrs 15mins, 20,000km. Later, in 1937 Lores flew Australia to Capetown (first pilot to do so). All included in my aviation history book "First Females Above Australia - first 100 years of Australian Women Pilot Firsts 1909-2009."
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I believe Ms Curtis - Taylor is the subject of some discussion in the UK
True.
She and her excellent PR team have generated a great deal of press coverage.
In aviation circles, her claims to be flying solo have generated much criticism - because she is not flying solo.

and some of that discussion is being shut down.
Only in Jay Sata's mind.
It's not true.
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Actually it is. I was made invisible on this forum - indeed perhaps still am invisible if you can't see this.

No explanation given, despite asking...
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Old 19th May 2016, 11:04
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Only in Jay Sata's mind.
It's not true.
Well, partially true - quite a few people have told Mr Sata and one or two others to stop being an boring obsessive fixating on something that doesn't matter all that much. If that's being shut-down, which it might be, it's a very democratic form of it as I don't believe that any forum moderators have done more than say "okay, you've made your point, please stop re-making it, it's boring".

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Boring!! Too true why is this lady making headlines flying distances that were covered by females 80+ years ago?? 80 years ago it was an achievement!!?? Do people forget this has already been done all these years ago with the most basic of navigational aids!
The best quote was that she has refused the offer from Boeing for a replacement aircraft to complete her route as she like the old one so much??!!
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Old 23rd May 2016, 01:09
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Some more

After Arizona desert crash, critics of British pilot say they want the truth behind famous flights | National Post

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Freudian slip?

As a regular listener to BBC Radio 4, often including Libby Purves's Midweek chat-show on Wednesdays (okay, maybe I'm a sad git...), I heard this morning's interview with Tracey Curtis-Taylor.

She demonstrated her well-known and sponsor-attracting ability verbally to promote herself and her claimed exploits in a pleasant, articulate, pseudo-modest delivery. She persuaded her audience that in various respects her flight to Australia was beset with more challenges than were faced by the pioneering predecessor she claims so much to admire. The highlight of her tale, of course, centred around the take-off (WAT-related) accident at Wilmslow, Arizona, the way she had handled it as PF, the resulting damage to the (male) Stearman, and her plans for the repairs in Hungary.

As I see has already been mentioned on our sister thread in the Private Flying forum, however, Ms Curtis-Taylor appeared momentarily and unintentionally to acknowledge the reality of the flight-crew complement at the time of the accident, quickly correcting herself and moving on. The whole programme is, as I write, available on BBC I-player Radio:

BBC Radio 4 - Midweek, Adam Henson, Tracey Curtis-Taylor, Paul Spike, Joe Langdon.

The interview-proper starts at 02:23. Her momentary lapse comes at 12:22.

Bearing in mind that the I-player recording may only be available for a few weeks, and for the benefit of future readers, here is a rough transcript, starting at 12:18:

Curtis-Taylor: "...the only part that is really intact is.. is the fuselage..."
Purves; "And the pilot!"
Curtis-Taylor: "...and the two p... - you know; the pilot, and my.. and my crew, so it was.. it was ter..."
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Old 20th Jun 2016, 15:04
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My dog flew a Tiger Moth across the english channel thirty years ago - retracing the route taken by Bleriot.

(Sure, I was in the back seat, and admittedly have a few more hours than him, but why let that get in the way of a good story?)
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Is it a 'solo' flight if you have 'crew' on board, even if they are not a pilot?

'Solo' flying poster girl is brought down by claims that she had co-pilot | Daily Mail Online
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