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Old 8th Jun 2020, 17:14
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Ali my KK MK3 solo couldn't have been more different. chucked into the sky in deteriorating weather to, 'get the last solo in' so we don't have to see your ugly mug next weekend. Kirton in Lindsey sat on a ridge. The met had been dog dodgy on and off all day with much waiting about.. as snow flurries passed through. 800' on the dial and oops. cdt Snodgrass is in cloud.

OC 643 sauntered over after the landing with, 'just for a minute there lad I thought you vanished into cloud? 'Not at all sir might have scraped the layer a bit' 'Good lad that's fine, paperwork and all that.By the way do you fancy being a staff cdt.........
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 19:11
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07 Aug 75 in Chipmunk WP 904 at Roborough, the brave instructor being Mr (Don?) Pugh. All that 'jolly' flying whilst at BRNC certainly helped when I went back for formal grading in 78.
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Old 10th Jun 2020, 14:17
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There's only one 'first' first solo - in my case JP3a XM412 at Linton's RLG of Church Fenton in 1977 (immediately before the aircraft disappeared into ASF for a major service. Went in a month later to have a look, saw how puny the main spar and tailplane components actually were and resolved to try a bit harder not to be so ham-fisted with my aeros. Or landings. Or anything). On reading my 5000 series many years later it transpired that my instructors had noted my underconfidence and used a procedure they referred to as 'covert review' to justify the flex that I clearly needed. Eternally grateful to them; never heard of that system of review when I later became an instructor.

First time I was let loose in a helicopter was later that same year - Whirlwind HAR10 XR453. Still grateful to Oldbeefer - it was the start of 42 mostly-very-happy years in the best job anywhere in the world.

If talking about anything aviation-related, then the first solo experience would have to be the sunset static-line drop under a double-L canopy at Headcorn a few years earlier.
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