The Aviation Thread [Contains Lots of Awesome Pictures]

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Same. Since I was a kid I wanted to break the sound barrier, I figured I would save up for a single flight on Concorde - but that didn't happen.
 

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the aircraft in question, a rather decent-looking 1944 de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide

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window view shortly after takeoff from Duxford Aerodrome

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and the “destination” of this flight: Cambridge

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The aircraft has seats for eight passengers and you get weighed during check-in so they can get the centre of gravity right. I’ll let you guess who gets to sit above the wings.

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coming in to land right over the hotel the wife and I had been in for the night


And that was it! Total time in the air was about fifteen minutes. You can also book scenic flights down to London.

 

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Absolutely terrifying 😲


Until you realize it's an RC glider.
 

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Didn’t look bad from what I can tell. They kept it very close to the centreline and crabbed nicely until the last moment. Yes, the flare was very long, but they were constantly descending and when they got to the end of the touchdown zone, they plonked it down from the lowest possible altitude. That’s what tyres and shock absorbers are for.
 
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