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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

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#5 Post by FD2 » Mon Dec 20, 2021 9:44 pm

I think I'll have another go at gliding in the not too distant future but maybe not as long a flight as these two! A friend had a flight from Omarama recently and really enjoyed getting back in the air after many years' retirement.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/127340 ... cape-ringa

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#6 Post by FD2 » Tue Dec 21, 2021 9:01 pm

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#7 Post by PHXPhlyer » Tue Dec 21, 2021 9:18 pm

FD2 wrote:
Mon Dec 20, 2021 9:44 pm
I think I'll have another go at gliding in the not too distant future but maybe not as long a flight as these two! A friend had a flight from Omarama recently and really enjoyed getting back in the air after many years' retirement.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/127340 ... cape-ringa
I am planning to get glider- current.
I will need a field check and also incorporate it with a BFR.
At least I won't need a medical :-bd (I let it lapse after I was fired for having a birthday X( ). Don't need one for gliders here. #:-S
The FAA now has a Basic Med program that can be signed off by your regular doc (no need for an AME. I will incorporate that on my next check-up. I only found out about Basic Med from D#1 who is in flight school working on her private. :YMAPPLAUSE:
At least I know that she has learned something. :YMPARTY:

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#8 Post by larsssnowpharter » Tue Dec 21, 2021 9:25 pm

My highest in a glider was 32000 ft somewhere over the Austrian Alps.

It was in wave .

I decided to drop out because I still had the sense to realise I didn't have enough O2 to carry on and get back safely.

Modern gliders can have problems because of gel coat cracking due to the temperature change during the descent.

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#9 Post by FD2 » Wed Dec 22, 2021 4:42 am

What was the OAT up there larsss?

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#10 Post by FD2 » Wed Dec 22, 2021 4:45 am

Having only flown in a T31 and one flight in a T21 back in 1968 during a gliding course, I think the most interesting thing about gliders now is the amazing aspect ratio.

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#11 Post by larsssnowpharter » Wed Dec 22, 2021 3:00 pm

No idea of the OAT, I'm afraid. Bloody cold. If I wave fly to altitude like that I wear a full ski suit and gloves along with heated socks.

Somewhere in the back of my mind is the thought that a T32 held the UK altitude record with a flight to 17000 feet. Done in CB with a cadet on board and likely no O2.

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#12 Post by FD2 » Wed Dec 22, 2021 6:17 pm

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Wed Dec 22, 2021 3:00 pm

Somewhere in the back of my mind is the thought that a T32 held the UK altitude record with a flight to 17000 feet. Done in CB with a cadet on board and likely no O2.
:-o I wonder if he ever plucked up the courage to fly again? :ymdevil:

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#13 Post by larsssnowpharter » Wed Dec 22, 2021 6:42 pm

I have no idea about the cadet but the instructor In question became quite well known in the gliding world. The last time I saw him was in Oz maybe 30 years ago when he was CFI at a gliding club.

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#14 Post by Rossian » Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:27 pm

All the way back to almost a year ago - did the old boy get his Vampire flight and did he survive it? Only because I'm curious you understand.

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#15 Post by FD2 » Sun Jan 16, 2022 6:51 pm

Rossian - I'll try and find out.

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#17 Post by Rossian » Tue Jan 18, 2022 8:09 am

That's great, and he definitely seems to have enjoyed it. Thanks for digging it out.

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