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Longest/Shortest flight

Old 16th Jan 2015, 11:31
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Longest/Shortest flight

Just spotted a thread on the GA section re longest flight.

I possibly hold the record for both longest and shortest... now there is a challenge

How about beating 20 seconds from one international RAF airfield to another... Being a hog, I logged 5 minutes.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 12:15
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Luqa-Safi, Malta?
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 13:30
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Sharp, penicilling eh. Nearest 5 should have logged zero, then you would have had something to brag about.

'69, Waddo boltholing at Coningsby, many crews tried to do the hop under 2:30. Don't know if it was achieved but lots of 5 minutes.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 13:42
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IIRC, you must log at least 5 or it buggers up the engineering stats (e.g. fatigue)
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 13:49
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Lossie 23 to Kinloss 25 in a Nimrod at the end of bolthole, aim was to do it under 2:30 so as to be able to record 0:00 flight time. Sadly we only cracked 2:41

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Old 16th Jan 2015, 14:15
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Tower: " Tiger flight you are cleared for take off."
Tiger Lead: "Cleared for take off- Tiger lead"
Tower "Tiger Lead you are on fire --- oh, I see you have already ejected..disregard."
Gotta be a record there.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 14:46
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Nasty spell of short flights

I reckon the RN FAA must have had the record for the shortest average sortie length at some stage back in the '60s. Or did you wish to include a landing in your challenge, Derek?
PS Are you still claiming to have flown the most accurate GCA?
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 15:34
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Helicopter or Harrier pilots must have the shortest flight record?
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 15:42
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Think it must be Lt CDR ...... For Both. Lol Test pilot..VC 10 from Brize to Singapore . Then off the cat at launch from HMS Victorious in a Buccaneer went down in folklore in the FAA
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 15:49
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If we are counting 'non powered' ... then the Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1 (aka T.38) via Bungee Launch has to be on the Short List
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 16:12
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For longest flight you'd have to go some way to beat the record held by Robert Timm and John Cook in a C172 - 64:22:19:05 really!
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 19:02
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45 seconds, St David's to Brawdy. Diverted as Brawdy outside student crosswind limits: lonely wait on a windy, desolate old airfield till a QWI came to take me home.
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 19:18
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Nellis to McCarran in Albert. 2:00 flight commander who was Nav insisted we all logged flight as zero as he wanted to have one in his log book. Funniest part was that 2 mins was over midnight and resulted in 33 hours off as it was the 6th day, stunning planning I'd say
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 19:42
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Loganair hold the shortest scheduled flight record. Papa Westray to Westray. Scheduled flight time two minutes including taxi. Wonder how the pilots log that?
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 19:47
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Does a Slingsby Grasshopper on the school playing field count? Bungee launch, about 10 seconds airborne.... But nothing in my logbook to prove it...
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 19:48
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Minnie, yes, one must have a landing otherwise any rejected t/o or bang out would be quicker.

My most accurate GCA was when I hit the GCA building and knocked the wing off
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 19:51
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Tyro, yes I did those! Here is the bit about it from my book:

'The very first time I took to the air in an aerial machine on my own was actually an accident! On a barmy day in July 1961 on the playing fields of a well known Grammar School close to Bomber Command Headquarters I was catapulted into the atmosphere in the school single seat glider. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending which way you look at it, the supervisor had omitted to fit the lift spoilers to the wing. Hence, rather unexpectedly, my primitive craft and I soared to the dizzy height of five feet, landing shortly afterwards on the First X1 cricket pitch, in the middle of an important match. Suffice to say, this did little to impress the team and the sight of a very young Bluntie being chased off the playing field by a horde of irate six formers waving cricket bats was a sight to behold. I can remember that auspicious event as if it were yesterday.'
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 20:13
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Tyro, Sharpend ...

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Old 16th Jan 2015, 20:27
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ksimboy, We do like tall stories, however, the direct track from Nellis mid point to McCarran touchdown is 10nm. That means that you made an average spd of 300kts? What about the max spd of 250kts below 10k? I'm not sure but I think that might also be a stretch for C130?
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Old 16th Jan 2015, 20:36
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My most accurate GCA was when I hit the GCA building and knocked the wing off
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