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A few years back I spent around 14 months commuting back and forth to Helsinki.  I'd be in the lounge enjoying a G&T, waiting for my flight to be called on a Friday afternoon when there was an Aeroflot departure heading to goodness knows where in Russia.  It left a similar trail behind it week after week, I often wondered whether I'd see it again the following week!  I dread to think what quality of fuel that thing was running on, or whether the maintenance records were anything close to what they should have been.  It took forever to get off the runway compared to the other airlines planes.

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Going back to around 1996 now and a friend of mine worked for IBM and had been in Russia between 1987-1991 roughly. Some of the stories he told about the state of the planes they had to use for the internal flights was truly shocking! He actually was amazed he was still alive (and partied accordingly!)

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That's why I'd do anything to avoid domestics in Russia, much of Africa, South America...

I flew on a Venezuelan domestic years ago, and there was a goat in the cabin.  Better looking than the cabin crew though.

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British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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3 hours ago, LotusLeftLotusRight said:

That’s nothing. My Dad used to watch their JATO equipped B47 predecessors take-off at Bruntingthorpe here in the UK.

 

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I have to admit that looks a lot like a picture @Dan E sent me of his Esprit driving off after being serviced by @Sparky!  :rofl::rofl::sofa:

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Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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Glad to see the humour is still on here!  :rofl:

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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And then there is "Big Brother" -The Spruce Goose. I saw in in Long Beach Ca in the 80's and was amazed. Imaging standing up inside the wing to access engines in flight !!!

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Pin by filippo ciuni on A Time Gone By | Flying boat, Vintage aircraft, Spruce  goose

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I dont know if its the same Catalina but this is shots of my son Steve Excell, and his friend (the pilot) Matt Dearden. Matt is one of the owners. I hope to have a flight some day.

 

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Lovely film. My knowledge of gliding is minimal. I thought they just buzzed around within a few miles of your local airfield, but I was sad enough to track one last summer on ADS-B Exchange all the way from Hampshire up to Grafham Water at the top end of Cambridgeshire and all the way back again. It wasn’t a direct flight either, so he was flying for several hours. Probably getting on for 400 miles in total, what with all the circling to gain height and other detours. All that with no power at all. Impressive stuff.

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RIP Chuck Yeager - I grew up flying his sims on the C64. Legend.

88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

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Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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