Vampire flight for NZ glider record holder

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Vampire flight for NZ glider record holder

#1 Post by FD2 » Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:25 pm

This falls between two subjects but I'll put it on this one. An 88 year old terminally ill ex-pilot had always wanted to fly in a jet and some friends arranged a trip in a Vampire. Sadly the clip doesn't show it in flight but it was a lovely gesture:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life ... ampire-jet


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In his glider back 1968 he went up in a wave (formed when a westerly or north westerly comes over the mountains here) and reached over 37,000 ft. He nearly froze to death but held on until he had passed the previous record.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-spo ... ears-later

He held the world altitude record for a short time but still holds the New Zealand one.
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#2 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:56 pm

Great thing to do for an old pilot. Kudos to all concerned.

Up the road from me, at North Weald, one can for a price, fly in (or even fly) the Vampire or the Jet Provost (one the ex-RAF, heavy tin merchants here, has flown the latter if I remember correctly).
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#3 Post by boing » Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:47 pm

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#4 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:51 am

boing wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:47 pm
two

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I assume you re-acquainted yourself with the JP?
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