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Remember the first aircraft you solo'ed in?

Old 20th Apr 2010, 09:18
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Remember the first aircraft you solo'ed in?

I did a search and found that the aircraft I used on my first ever solo eventually ended up like this. For the record through no fault of my own

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Old 20th Apr 2010, 10:36
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Oh no! What a horrible thing to happen to a Grumman!!!

My first solo was in a Grumman AA5A Cheetah - G-JUDY.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 10:41
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K4 glider @ Raf Upavon Summer of 1972. G-AXCX Beagle Pup 150 @ Hawarden in 1977. Would love a picture of Charlie X-ray if any one can help, trawled the web but nothing there, cant believe I didnt take a photo on the day! Probably had shaky hands :-)

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Old 20th Apr 2010, 10:45
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Wink G-OECH

Was this Grumman registered in Yorkshire or Lancashire? From this photo I would say hard landing event! AKA G-O,ECHY THUMP.

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Old 20th Apr 2010, 10:46
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Mine was a Grumman Lynx, VH-SZO which was parked on the bottom of the ocean off the coast of New South Wales at the hands of an idiot.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 10:55
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Here she is looking good some 31 years later.. I seem to remember at the time she resembled a flying ashtray. 15 minutes of sheer terror followed by a lifetime of sheer joy.

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Old 20th Apr 2010, 11:16
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In a Cessna 152 at Bourne - dont have log book with me so can't remember date or reg. I do recall being on final at about 400 feet and an idiot in a microlight turning in ahead of me which caused me to throw the approach away and re-position. Once on the ground, my instructor just ran out to the aircraft, got in and said 'FLY'. Just as well as I wanted to reprogram the microlight pilots head with my boot.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 11:30
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First solo was in the now dearly departed G-HFLA, on a hot summer's day in August 2003

As I started the base leg, I thought, "I'm in command here, I'm captain, shall I go around? No, he'll kill me. But I'm captain, it's my decision, shall I go around for another one? Yeah, I'll do it ... no, I'd better not".

I landed and my instructor said he wouldn't have blamed me if I went round for another circuit ...

http://www.helicopter-sales.com/images/G-HFLA_1.jpg

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Old 20th Apr 2010, 11:37
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In a Cessna 152 at Bourne - dont have log book with me so can't remember date or reg.
Have to admit I don't even remember if it was a 150 or 152 without looking in my log book, let alone the date, but it was 30+ years ago.

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PS Looked it up now I'm at home. 10/9/74, G-AXVC, Cessna 150, 10 mins.

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Old 20th Apr 2010, 11:55
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DH82 TIger Moth G ALND at Old Sarum, 20th August 1967. The 5 minute circuit cost me about 5 of your old shillings. I see that it is still on the register. I hope it will fly again.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 13:13
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A Slingsby Dart(?) glider, at RAF Halton.
There was a strange odour in the cockpit I remember.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 13:19
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Not quite the first solo, but better

My first solo bird was a 152 at a forgettable college program at a forgettable airport, one of dozens. Kinda forgettable.

But my first airplane ride was a rural strip in Pennsylvania at a "penny a pound" charity thing in a '60s Cessna 172. I went back over 30 years later to look it up since I still had the N-number. It seems the owner tried to return from Florida in it and cut out across the Atlantic and then lost control in IFR conditions. He and the plane vanished. I find myself sometimes thinking about that wreck and somehow wishing I'd been able to buy the plane. They're down there...somewhere.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 14:21
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C150 G-GBLR at Coventry, 10/10/93 at 18:40, just about got it in before darkness fell.




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Old 20th Apr 2010, 14:25
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DH82 Tiger Moth Sept 19th 1978. It was pranged by a
bloodey lunatic and written off 3 years later.

On the day I was told to do just one circiut so I did five. Got
yelled at by the CFI for it including the last two which I flew
at 100 ft (field was OCTA) to get in some extra circiuts while
staying within my p!sspoor budget.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 14:28
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Luton July 1966 on a RAF Flying Scholarship in C150 GASSE, I think.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 14:43
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Piper Warrior. Severely pancaked and totalled by an instructor a couple years later.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 15:16
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S78, is this the little fella?......

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Old 20th Apr 2010, 16:31
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Another C152, G-EOPC at Lands End. Couldn't believe the difference the weight reduction caused by the departure of my instructor made to take-off and climb performance. Was aged 60 and was as chuffed as any 16 year old doing the same thing
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 16:48
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G-OECH

From http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources...CH%2011-95.pdf :-
The landing flare was initiated late and the aircraft over-rotated, resulting in an excessive float before touchdown.
During this float, the wind, which was reported as variable between 360deg and 020deg at 8kt is thought to have backed to the crosswind direction and the aircraft stalled onto Runway 08 from a height of about 7 feet.
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Old 20th Apr 2010, 17:08
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There's going to be a lot of pictures of Cessna 150s here soon. So before they get boring: This is it as was:

And here it is now, still going strong and looking at lot tidier:


Glad to see it's still extant. At least six or seven aircraft I've flown over the years have met an unfortunate and even tragic ends. Nothing to do wth me of course.
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