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Books

Rub-out airfields, but not forgotten

Rub-out airfields, but not forgotten

Pilots´ Secrets

Pilots´ Secrets

Nice world pictures

Nice world pictures

Books

Books

Flying Firefighters

   

Art & Exhibition

Art & Exhibition

Airline Angels

Airline Angels  

Books

Books

Alderney From Old Photographs

Brian Bonnard

Art & Exhibition

Art & Exhibition

Nicolas Trudgian

Nicolas Trudgian Art Work

Pearl Harbor historical pictures

Pearl Harbor historical pictures

Art & Exhibition

December, 1941 ...

 PEARL HARBOR, December 7th, 1941. 68 years left film in a camera found in a warehouse of material decommissioned at…

Pilots´ Secrets

Pilots´ Secrets

Pilots' Secrets

 Pilots' Secrets  

Art & Exhibition

Art & Exhibition

Gil Cohen

Gil Cohen Art Work  

Books

Books

Edward Pinnegar

A History of Aviation in Alderney  

Art & Exhibition

Art & Exhibition

Philip Stevens

Philip Stevens Art Work  

Art & Exhibition

Art & Exhibition

Catherine Corniolo-Boutin

Avro Lancaster LL943

Avro Lancaster LL943

Books

Gabriel Bauters

The enigma of  Lancaster LL 943  by Gabriel Bauters     18 / 19 July 1944: from Witchford(i) to Aulnoye, from…

First flight

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How sweet it is to be in love ... The days have gone and you have so much fun to listen to him counting his flights experiences.
You would so much want to become his co-pilot and live with him a intense great emotional shock.

This is timely, your phone rings (of course you have downloaded placebo as the ring tone); on the line your sky knight, all excited, learns you that Sunday is a perfect day for flying. He checked the weather 19,812 times and happy news "the conditions are CAVOK”. Your heart leap into your mouth. You confess him that you just had reserved this small super nice restaurant where you would have offered him to go for a dinner on Saturday night.

Indication number 3: one will never go out the eve of a flight. A pilot practice asceticism 24 hours before flying.  A pilot never drinks; a pilot must rest before a flight. He must enter in communion with his navigation. True osmosis shared by his body, his spirit and his flight plan.

The day looks so romantic ... Since yesterday, you've chosen your outfit methodically: flat shoes with rubber soles, your Levis jeans, this delightful bandanna that your have brought from San Francisco and above all ... your pin “Rafale".

Sunday, 7 o’clock morning, it all starts with a balanced breakfast because, as your dietician friend explained to you, the athlete needs carbohydrates before the flight. Then you go hand in hand towards the car which takes you to the airfield. Arriving fresh and ready, your pilot, the step eager and happy, shows you the way to the Hangar B2.

Tip number 4: Then you learn that your task now is to open with your little hands the 20 linear meters of shutters that open the temple of the flying machine. Because your fiancé must file the flight plan, check the layer of clouds and, finally, say hello to the President of the Aero Club, in the nearby hangar.

An hour later, after having polished  the wings of the desire, refuelled, go to the toilet as a precaution and double check the aircraft, he invites you to sit in the machine. The cockpit is a real cosy nest consisting of 4 seats, pedals, various joysticks and a dashboard, all in a volume of 2 cubic meters. You'll then be stuck tight against him throughout the whole flight. Important detail, no jealousy mirror to admire your beautiful little face turned into a head of cabbage by the helmet.

Beginning of the runway, ready for takeoff, you admire the pilot concentrated on his instruments, on the track, and on the microphone with the control tower. He is so ... sexy. Ready? he tells you with a large smile. Within seconds, the device flew through the air, leaving beneath your feet the ground floor and all its miseries.

Here is the Univ'Air, the horizon at the ends of the wing tips. The country of cirrus and stratus opens its doors to you. Back to the cockpit: about thirty instrument dials help your pilot for the perfect mastery of his machine. You who have dreamed of a loving kiss for this baptism ... it will not happen because,

Tip number 5: The pilot likes, loves, gloats, exults at turning the small knobs of his electronic devices. His horizon is now artificial. Don Quixote's fights with GPS weapons, gives battle to his V6 turbo, synchronises the valves, adjusts in a millionth of a millimetre the mixture, maintains altitude at  plus or minus 10 feet, and if possible without changes of altitude, checks and adjusts his heading permanently. In short, the plane has completely erased you from his field of vision.

 

 

 But aren’t you this woman in love stayed up there to a still in the clouds? Your  ticket would it not be a one-way ticket to the still unknown destination to your love?

 

(to be continued...).

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The encounter

spit LFLU small-2You know him since very little time and already you pinch for him...

Last week, during a dinner with your friends you immediately noticed him. Atmosphere, remarkable tapas and complicity between friends found again, the evening promises to be enjoyable. The contact comes with surprise guest, the discussion is playful. Between laughter and intense glances, the evening is promised.

A quiet assured accompanies his smile. Therefore only few seconds are necessary to this nice boy with charm to turn your heart to spin.

Back home late, the night is rough. You give to eat 3 times to the cat, you chain showers and TV serials, open 99 times the refrigerator and leave 15 text’s to your best friend. The obvious conclusion must be faced: you start to feel the first symptoms of the love at first sight.

A few days later your phone indicates the following text: Do you want to take fresh air with me? And as indications on how to join : GPS coordinates. Your heart leap into your mouth. After a failed suicide attempt while checking your dressing, and various insults delivered to your hairdresser, you're ready. You rush on your small car and plug your tom-tom. The display shows 1 hour 28 drive for a time of 97 minutes.

You click your music player and you're already dreaming, while driving your own car to this gallant first appointment. Stroll in the woods, intimate lunch in this small hostel that you love, boat trips on the lake, what will he propose to you ? The journey forwards, you notice that you leave the city, cross through three industrial areas, a new craftsmanship area, two – works in progress - sites, so that Tom will guide you to a large plot vaguely vague where nothing emerges from earth except .... some small flying machines you could discover the last time on your favourite TV channel. You must make clear to you, you are in an aerodrome. Your conquest awaits you in the parking lot and proudly announces "I am a pilot."

You stop breathing; Fighter in the air force, Captain, Top Gun and Natasha stewardess, the vastness of the sky, magic inaccessible clouds and true freedom. You question glance, "No, private pilot" he adds immediately.

First tip: At that precise moment, two choices are in front of you, flee quickly before it is too late or decide to share with him his single passion: flying. You can never take off this afternoon due to weather. It does not matter, as long as you're with him! You are already so in love and then all this is so new.

Second tip: the weather. You will have to decline your life according to the cloud base, the wind, the visibility, the temperature, the dew point and the atmospheric pressure. This is good as you are naturally curious and this is so much more exhilarating than be sunbathing on the beach.

 

Meditate quickly before crossing the taxiway. For now you will experience the great adventure of the pilot's bride.

 

Continued in: First Flight

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