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Old 8th Nov 2017, 13:55
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Jonzarno (#3048),
...Actually, I don’t think the programme itself was misleading, at least not deliberately so...
In my #3920, I put it this way:
...It was a masterpiece of clever editing, giving the completely wrong public impression (that she had been flying alone), without ever using the word "solo"...
Mind you, the significance of the word "solo" is lost on most people, I suppose.

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Old 8th Nov 2017, 16:05
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I don’t disagree, Danny; but I also don’t think this was a conspiracy to mislead on the part of the producers. It seeems to me that all the apparent spin doctoring actually happened after the film was in the can.
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Old 9th Nov 2017, 14:59
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I'd like to just say that the production company did the best they could with the cards they were dealt. Fact.

I am 90% confident of the rest of this post, but not 100% and so it should not be taken as gospel.

They thought they would be filming a solo aviatrix journey, and so judged whether to get involved and the 'sale value' of a final film based on that (attractive solo female pilot story). Once it became clear that solo was no longer happening (and that they had no say in the matter), they had to make a choice:

1. Tell the real story (not so attractive to networks, low/zero resale value).
2. Fudge to keep it as attractive as possible (but without blatant misrepresentation) - in an effort to keep the chances of selling it alive.

Unfortunately, option two involves a lot of tight-rope walking - and inevitably affected the final production.
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Old 9th Nov 2017, 15:32
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Originally Posted by Sam Rutherford View Post
1. Tell the real story (not so attractive to networks, low/zero resale value).

Hey Sam . You probably know this better than anyone else on here mate.
But "the real story" [ birdinabiplane flies solo around globe] found to be completely untrue but she tried to fudge the truth , could actually have quite a high resale value couldn't it ?


Can't wait for the sequel !
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Old 10th Nov 2017, 09:42
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Originally Posted by Chris Martyr View Post
Hey Sam . You probably know this better than anyone else on here mate.
But "the real story" [ birdinabiplane flies solo around globe] found to be completely untrue but she tried to fudge the truth , could actually have quite a high resale value couldn't it ?


Can't wait for the sequel !
I am waiting for the Special Edition (Director's Cut) DVD to come out. You know, the ones that have the out-takes and blooper reels.

Given what was promised and what actually happened then the cutting-room floor stuff might run to a 1hr 20min feature all by itself (sorry, I meant alone/on its own/in isolation...)
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Old 11th Nov 2017, 22:55
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Originally Posted by Sam Rutherford View Post
I'd like to just say that the production company did the best they could with the cards they were dealt. Fact.

I am 90% confident of the rest of this post, but not 100% and so it should not be taken as gospel.

They thought they would be filming a solo aviatrix journey, and so judged whether to get involved and the 'sale value' of a final film based on that (attractive solo female pilot story). Once it became clear that solo was no longer happening (and that they had no say in the matter), they had to make a choice:

1. Tell the real story (not so attractive to networks, low/zero resale value).
2. Fudge to keep it as attractive as possible (but without blatant misrepresentation) - in an effort to keep the chances of selling it alive.

Unfortunately, option two involves a lot of tight-rope walking - and inevitably affected the final production.
you forgot option 3.

Walk away.
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Old 12th Nov 2017, 06:40
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Option 3 would have been a difficult one - and probably not the right one.

On day two of the journey, probably 80% of the costs were no longer recoverable, and yet the chance remained of at least making something - just not what was planned.

I wouldn't have given up, neither did they!
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 10:40
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I can't see that this Lady has been mentioned before on this thread.
Puts Ms TCT's exploits into perspective...

Mrs Victor Bruce

Having set records on land and water, Bruce looked to the skies. As early as 1928 she joined the Mayfair Flying Club[10] and by January 1930 was the owner of a Gipsy Moth.[11] She did not take her first flying lesson until 25 May 1930[4] the day after Amy Johnson completed her record-setting flight to Australia. Bruce learned to fly at the Brooklands School of Flying; her instructors were G. E. Lowdell and Capt. H. Duncan Davis.[12] Bruce soloed on 22 June 1930[4] and received her A license #2855 on 26 July.

She purchased a Blackburn Bluebird IV with a de Havilland Gipsy II engine from Auto-Auctions Ltd. in Burlington Gardens, London.[13] It was sent to the Blackburn factory in Brough, East Yorkshire, for modifications in preparation for her flight. It was designated G-ABDS. On 25 September 1930, she named the aircraft "Bluebird" and took off on a round the world solo flight from Heston Aerodrome. She flew east with stops in Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq. An oil leak caused a forced landing on the shore of the Persian Gulf, where she was sheltered for two days by Baluchi tribesmen before a British rescue party reached her.[4] Repairs delayed her onward flight for days, but she flew on to India, Burma, Siam (Thailand), and French Indo-China (Vietnam). Torrential monsoon rains forced a landing in a jungle clearing beside the Mekong River; she contracted malaria and her flight was further delayed. She flew on to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Seoul, making the first flight across the Yellow Sea. On 24 November 1930, having covered 10,330 miles (16,620 km) in 25 flying days, she reached Tokyo. She crossed the Pacific aboard the Empress of Japan to Vancouver.

Her flight across North America was not without incident: a crash landing in Medford, Oregon, caused another week's delay. She reached her announced destination of her mother's birthplace, New Albany, Indiana, by way of San Francisco, San Diego, St. Louis and Chicago. A one-week delay followed another crash in Baltimore, and she finally reached New York City in early February 1931. She sailed on the Île de France to Le Havre, and on 19 February 1931 flew to Lympne Airport, having flown about 19,000 miles (31,000 km). On 20 February 1931, she was given an aerial escort by Amy Johnson, Winifred Spooner and others to Croydon Airport, where a reception of press and celebrities awaited her.[4]:102–149[14][15][16] She was the first person to fly from England to Japan, the first to fly across the Yellow Sea, and the first woman to fly around the world alone (crossing the oceans by ship).[17]
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 11:06
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Was in Helsinki a few days ago and surprised to see a Norwegian Airlines 737 land with Amy's portraiture on the fin, and they also have it on a 787. A lovely tribute the airline gives to the Lady.

https://www.businesstraveller.com/bu...tail-fin-hero/

Given TCT's stature and daring do surely the airline must be negotiating with her team to paint her likeness on at least 2+ of their aircraft.
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 15:25
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BTW, & No, nothing to do with my understanding of Sam R's last.

Namely that TCT had talked herself up so much the project was financed & put into action: at which stage regrettably she was found virtually incapable piloting the a/c. Hence the supply of a permanent, if low key, Pilot 'companion' was forced on the team, which subterfuge continues to be actively exploited by her without correction.

FWIW, The esteemed Ms. Bruce's Instructor way back in 1930 was George Lowdell - who took me for my GFT at Shoreham 41 years later.

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Old 13th Nov 2017, 18:17
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I feel everyone’s missing the point here completely, the flight was made to honour lady heath & her spirit of flying asventure, it was a terrific achievement by Tracey whether solo or otherwise. If she didn’t fly solo the whole way so what, she still flew. Let up folks & congratulate Tracey on a true piece of aviation adventure.
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 19:00
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Originally Posted by old-timer View Post
I feel everyone’s missing the point here completely, the flight was made to honour lady heath & her spirit of flying asventure, it was a terrific achievement by Tracey whether solo or otherwise. If she didn’t fly solo the whole way so what, she still flew. Let up folks & congratulate Tracey on a true piece of aviation adventure.
I think people would do that if she hadn’t kept on claiming that the flights were solo as has been pointed out here ad nauseam.

If only she would come clean about this: I think many of her critics would accept that, and might even come to respect her for what she did do.
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 19:09
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Honouring....celebrating..commemorating you can call it what you like but a Stearman is not a De Haviland.

Lady Mary Heath and Amy Johnson flew these routes alone in a British built aircraft.

Would it have been so difficult to have found a female pilot such as Amanda Harrison and asked her to try and fly these routes on basic maps and a compass?

In a Tiger Moth.

To survive in similar conditions en route under canvas instead of five star hotels?

It appears many senior old aviation figures (including Barry Tempest ) miss the point that the Artemis/Victory flights were dual with both Tracey and flight instructor Ewald up front.

The problem I have is understanding why Tracey got the publicity and awards and Ewald has been airbrushed out of the whole saga.

The Goodwood and Sydney arrivals were stage managed and choreographed.

Surely Ewald deserves an award for his great engineering?

Something else puzzles me.

Despite all these adventures we never see TCT flying her Stearman solo across the UK.
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 20:19
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Originally Posted by old-timer View Post
I feel everyone’s missing the point here completely, the flight was made to honour lady heath & her spirit of flying asventure, it was a terrific achievement by Tracey whether solo or otherwise. If she didn’t fly solo the whole way so what, she still flew. Let up folks & congratulate Tracey on a true piece of aviation adventure.
I'm sorry to disagree Old Timer. If you choose to do something to honour someone, in my view you must do it honourably. That means without deceiving both the public and your peers in the aviation community. As has been suggested a million times here, TCT could own up, apologise and put some energy into recovering her reputation; will she?
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Old 13th Nov 2017, 20:51
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If she didn’t fly solo the whole way so what,

Precisely !
Old-timer , this is the full reason why this thread has gone on so bloody long.


She didn't fly these sectors solo , but she tried to bluff the world into thinking that she did !
If she would only come clean , then all of this would die a death.


But the way it stands right now , the only aviation achievement that she's going to make is by being the first PPRuNe thread to reach a million !


It would be fantastic to be the subject on here for a million hits .


But not for that reason....
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Old 14th Nov 2017, 04:59
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I'm not sure why this thread suddenly got a new lease of life, but it has got me thinking about it again (and afresh, as I'd forgotten about it for a while).

We (as I think many know) are generally trying to do difficult things with planes and helicopters. We are broadly successful but our flights/rallies/safaris (call them what you will):

1. Occasionally go very close to plan.
2. Often go vaguely to plan.
3. Sometimes go nothing like the plan but something gets done.
4. Occasionally fail completely.

Whilst saddened and frustrated by number 4 (the others I consider a success) in the short term, they do at least confirm that what we were trying to do was extremely difficult. That, to roll out an old saying: "if you've not failed, you're not aiming high enough".

That's the preamble.

Now, what is very interesting is the reaction of others involved, broadly:

70% - I get it, it's a great shame but we at least tried.
30% - This is completely unacceptable, you're clearly incompetent etc.

I'm used to both (though also frustrated by the 30%), but it demonstrates where I'm getting to. Using our motto as a perfect example:

Everyone wants the glory, but not all want the grit needed to get there.

Tracey wanted the glory of solo, but not the grit of solo.

And I guess that's the rub.
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Old 15th Nov 2017, 15:37
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Well Sam I was impressed by her talk at the Cambridge Aero Club a few weeks ago and I am going to the RAeS tomorrow, Thursday 16th November to listen to three female pilots including Tracey speak on 'Women in Aviation' organised by the Air League.
Her talk at Cambridge was by an woman with a real passion for aviation and especially vintage biplanes. She made no mention whatsoever of being solo on her flights and she has certainly been an inspirational speaker to huge numbers of young people during her trips emphasising the benefits of studying the STEM subjects at school.
We certainly need that sort of promotion across the world if we are to have sufficient scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to ensure the well being of the UK in the future, I am sure you would agree with that sentiment.
I wish you well with the new venture and wish I could have successfully entered the rally. It will be a mind blowing experience for all involved.

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Old 16th Nov 2017, 07:49
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As I've said before, making out that "women in aviation" are something so special that they can give a flashy presentation on the subject then they haven't been paying attention and/or are only self promoting.

Women have been getting on with it in aviation for the last 80 years or so without their patronage. To make out that being a woman makes you special in this or any other industry is belittling the achievements of those of us who don't get want to get paid to brag about it and is pure sexism.

I've said this before too, if they wanted to encourage people to get into aviation they should be setting up scholarships because it is MONEY that is the barrier, not gender. Setting up scholarships that are just for women is probably illegal these days and quite rightly.
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Old 16th Nov 2017, 08:45
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If people wish to take notice of Tracey Curtis-Taylor, then that’s their choice – she is, without doubt, an excellent speaker – especially on the subjects of herself and what she did on her extravagant, aviation-based holidays. However, I hope that history does not record her exploits as any more than that.
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Old 16th Nov 2017, 11:29
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she has certainly been an inspirational speaker to huge numbers of young people during her trips emphasising the benefits of studying the STEM subjects at school.

Please provide a shred of evidence for this claim which, to me at least, seems to have been lifted from the lady's own propaganda machine
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