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    • Perhaps a fictional piece based on him becoling engaged not to Mehan Markle, but to Angela Merkel. That could, if nothing else, give serious pause to those who would wish to drag the United Kingdom out of the European Union!

    • Thanks, John. I remember that day – it was somewhat cramped in that little copter. I have to say, too, that based on that trial lesson, I prefer fixed-wing (though that may be because all the time I spent hands-on fixed wing was flying over the savanna in East Africa).

        • The road construction site I worked on in the early 80s had a Cessna 180 survey plane that was also used for general transport (including a regular two-and-a-half hours each way jaunt to Dar-es-Salaam). Whoever occupied the front right-hand seat was designated honorary autopilot – a role I was happy to fill. My most memorable flight, though, had to be when a bunch of us flew home for Christmas, 1984. Our international flight was from Nairobi. The flight from our site 100 miles south of the top of Lake Nyasa was in a chartered plane – a 1944 Douglas DC3 Dakota (reg 5Y BBN). Allegedly, it was one of only two in regular service at the time. That was rather special, as I used to see DC3s regularly flying the route from Exeter airport to the Channel Islands in the 1950s and 1960s.
          Sadly, 5Y BBN crashed at an airstrip in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in 1992 and was broken up there in 1993 🙁 (source https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19920299-0).

          • Great story with a sad ending. At least she was flying to the end and not parked on some desert somewhere.

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