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[j:c)] I'm a romantic antiquarian; My first cameraphone was the best i ever had.



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My Grandad first learned to fly in a TigerMoth before joining Bomber Command in 1943. He would have been about 17 or 18 years old when he was training, and he remembers how he just couldn't "get the bloody thing to land". He trained for weeks with one instructor but somehow the chemistry between them was off and teacher student relationship was fairly sour. With 'the test' on the horizon, failure looked imminent. Until, only a matter of days before, said instructor was off sick and another took the flying lesson.

"I just can't land the bloody thing"

"No problem ol' chap ('cos that's how they talked in those days), we'll do a once around and just watch what I do."

My Grandad told me how something 'just clicked' this time and he realised that he needed to point the nose up as he was coming in to land. When it came to the test, the old instructor gloriously expected to fail him, but instead stood gawping as the plane was brought down gently and into a soft landing. He was told to do it again, and if he could land it a second time... well, the rest is history.
14th Sep 2005, 19:37   | tags:,

Dhamaka says:

It's great that you can talk like that. I've had to piece together things about my grandmother by what was & wasn't said. Since she's not around any more I can't ask her

15th Sep 2005, 01:33

jc1000000 says:

Thanks D. Wanna respond more fully, but in danger of getting all deep and meaningful. :-)

16th Sep 2005, 12:06

Excellent story / piece of history!

22nd Oct 2005, 14:18

jc1000000 says:

Thanks Findo.

22nd Oct 2005, 18:59