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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 08:45
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Gives a whole new dimension to a "Cat 1" approach, doesn't it?
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 08:52
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I guess if one loaded another feline in the right wing that would make it Cat II

(must. stop. cat. puns. )
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 09:00
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Wouldn't that require three independent cats in three separate bags?

Luckily kitty didn't panic and jump off from circuit height, the result would certainly have been cat-sup

(someone please stop me)
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 09:06
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stop the main dog making cat-jokes? No way!

P.S as for it not being spotted before - maybe it jumped there while they were climbing inside etc. Cats can be catastrophically fast!
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 09:20
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stop the main dog making cat-jokes? No way!
Like most dogs I'm fascinated by felines...

By the way, wasn't it funny how kitty seemed perfectly at ease buzzing around the pattern with its fur in the breeze, but as soon as someone tried to touch it, it jumped as if fired from a cat-apult?

(getting desperate now)
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 09:47
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If the cat had jumped from circuit height, would it have landed on its feet?

The answer to that might be below. (A mate sent me this quite some years ago, one of the bar yarns from the 60s that he compiled.)


Cat lovers might want to skip this story.

Cats always land on their feet, right? Wrong. At least, in the case of one Singapore alley cat, I think so.

Probably forgotten by most people is the Malayan ‘Emergency’, the twelve year long brawl between the Brits and the CTs - the Communist Terrorists - on the Malay peninsula from 1948 to 1960. Throughout these years, the Brits occupied a series of jungle camps positioned to cause maximum embarrassment to the local CTs. These camps were assailed by another enemy every bit as ferocious as the CTs - the positively HUGE jungle rats which were attracted by the camp rubbish. Unfortunately for the occupants of the camps, after they had finished with the rubbish, the rats would then turn their attention upon the rest of the camp.

One method employed to keep the rats in check was to import cats captured in the back alleys of Singapore, which would be parachuted in along with the other supplies. Now as far as cats go, they don’t come much tougher than a tom from the back alleys of Singapore; however, the jungle rats of Northern Malaya were no wimps either, and after a few weeks of ascendancy, the cat would usually be attacked en masse by the surviving rats, and this confrontation would usually be of a terminal nature for the poor cat.

In its inimitable fashion, the military would simply replace the casualties with fresh troops. Another innocent Singapore alley cat would find itself rudely press-ganged for oncarriage to ‘the Front’.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Bristol Freighters - (or Frighteners, as they were universally known) - often carried these poor creatures on their final journey to fight for Queen and Country. (If any reader is wondering for one moment why an aircraft would be given such a terrible name by the men who flew it, the Bristol Freighter will almost certainly remain among the top ten of the most ungainly and ugly aircraft ever to get off the drawing board - an aluminium testament to utility over aerodynamics.)

When the Frighteners were to be dropping supplies by parachute, they would make the journey from Singapore with their large side door removed. On one such journey, the misguided Loadmaster was an animal lover. He tried to comfort the cat confined in its tiny wicker cage by prying open the door to put his hand inside to comfort it enroute to the Drop Zone. The cat streaked out through the opened corner of its cage, took one look at the open cargo door, and saw in it escape from the terrifying noise of the engines. At full sprint, it made a bee line for the door. (“Watch the first step, Tabby!!”)

Can the reader picture the poor moggy stabilising himself, making the small corrections to keep upright, four legs pushed out straight, awaiting the landing ...and awaiting the landing ...and awaiting the landing. Somehow I believe his gyros might have begun to topple before landing in some unsuspecting Malayan kampong some seven thousand feet below.

The people of Malaya were used to the torrential rains of their tropical region, but legend has it that the inhabitants of one village to this day keep an eye out for the dog they just know must be following...

When I first heard this yarn, (I think it was in the Mess at Tengah in the late 60s), it was supposed to have happened during Confrontation and the moggie was on his way to North Borneo to do battle with the Indonesian rats and it fell into the South China Sea. There are probably ten other versions of the same tale out there.
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 10:36
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Oh, God!

There's another tall tale, about a cow that went a bit mad on a freighter over a large body of water that was being fished. The story went that an unsuspecting crew of fishermen were startled to be bombarded by a cow that seemed to have come out of nowhere.

RulesMaster - Cow falls from sky, sinks boat
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 11:30
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The Royal New Zealand Air Force Bristol Freighters
Thread drift.

The RAF had one of these! I re-fuelled it a couple of times as it passed through Istres.

Boscombe took it on for evaluation, and decided not to buy anymore
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 11:30
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In my time off here at the Gliding Club in Hokkaido where I am currently employed I have spent a bit of time reading the Soaring Society of America`s monthly magazine Soaring.

In one edition I read a column written by a bloke by the name of Charlie Spratt who sadly is no longer with us, but in this particular edition of Soaring he wrote of the resident Cat at his Club. Apparently it took a `dive` but survived!

I will try to find the particular edition and post the story in due course.
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 12:40
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I know the engine is purring and you don't give a rats, but we are below the Mew point so turn on the De-mice and warm up the puss-in-boots otherwise we will be within a whisker of catastrophe.
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 13:02
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I wonder just how genuine this "cat flight" is? The reaction of both pilot and passenger seem remarkably unconcerned and is it usual to have a camera so conveniently placed?
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 13:16
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Looks like he missed the scratches on the wing during his walk around...
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 15:39
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Originally Posted by papajuliet View Post
I wonder just how genuine this "cat flight" is? The reaction of both pilot and passenger seem remarkably unconcerned and is it usual to have a camera so conveniently placed?
See his face in the video again when he first realise it!
If you call that unconcerned you need a new pair of glasses

Camera is placed to aim at the passenger (he is giving rides)

Cat was inside the wing, not on top, it is an ultra light type of aircraft.
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 16:03
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Love the look on the guys face when he spots the cat.
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 16:30
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" how kitty seemed perfectly at ease buzzing around the pattern with its fur in the breeze, but as soon as someone tried to touch it

Not at all !....the humans had served their purrpose and contributed further to the goal of any, and all, Cats....The New World Order ( subject to a few millennia to resolve the little matter of fingers and toes that is )

Therefore, being of no further use, they can be dispensed with in order that the cat can continue with more pressing issues in life, such as eating, sleeping and, when in doubt, licking various parts of its anatomy.
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 17:03
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Was the aircraft taking off from Calais........?
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 20:03
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Bristol Frighteners were also operated by Straights Air Freight Express (SAFE) between the two islands of NZ.

The SAFE freighters were renown for their ability to execute vertical take-offs from Wellington, taxi onto runway, turn into a northerly wind, wind up the Bristols and slowly ascend.
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 22:06
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I knew a guy who flew Bristol freighters. He said they were nice things to fly, although he had flown Brittanias (Whispering Giants?), Stratocruisers, Wellingtons and various other prop driven things and was a bit p*ssed off at having to retire from BOAC at 60....

If he's still alive, he'd be 94 now....

He didn't want to be a pilot but joining the RAF to be an apprentice engineer in 1936 and having to start by filing a lump of steel to be absolutely square, he got stuck when they wanted pilots with engineering training during WW2 for evaluating aeroplanes and their peculiarities....
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 22:26
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Yee haaaah!! Who needs seat belts??

PS 410 - Great - far too good to appear in Friday Jokes!
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Old 23rd Jun 2015, 23:11
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At the risk of committing the major crime of thread drift (no cats involved), here's the rest of the story that I posted above. (I clipped it from the original because it didn't involve cats. But since a few here have latched on the the Bristol Frightener part of the story, here goes.)
These trips were the subject of numerous bar stories. The Bristol Frightener was ahead of its time in some ways. It has a vague resemblance - very, very vague - to a Boeing 747, in that the crew sat above the passenger and cargo compartment much the way a Jumbo crew does. There any similarity with a 747 ceased. In the Frightener, the crew climbs up a ladder, through a hatch, and into the flight deck.

As only the Brits can do, the design had the Signaller’s seat obstructing the hatch. One day a good-looking nurse was aboard, and one by one, the crew gravitated down to the passenger compartment on one pressing errand or another. The co-pilot was left alone, and after some time, against all regulations and good sense, left his seat to see where everyone else was. As was the usual habit, he shut the hatch when he came down to find the rest of the crew. During his short absence, the Signaller’s seat vibrated back over the hatch, preventing its being opened. The crew had to use the aircraft’s crash axe on the hatch to get back into the cockpit. I don’t know how they explained the damage.
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