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    Default WOT?? No wings??!!

    Had a belated Christmas present today, a trip in a Jet Ranger helicopter. My first time in a chopper, and despite my misgivings about flying anything without wings, and the deeply-held belief that if God had meant us to fly he would have given everyone Tiger Moths, I must say a Jolly Good Time was had by all.

    Exhibit one, the Ranger taking off


    Exhibit two, me and the management before the flight


    Exhibit three, me and the driver


    A nice day was rounded off by a 2-hour slog around the M25 car park
    Run for your life - there are stupid people everywhere!

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    Probably more comfortable ride than my jollies in Police & Army helo's, Steve, enjoyed them all though.
    My junior management managed her first flight on honeymoon in Hawaii so probably had better scenery than both of us !

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Glad you had a wonderful present flight.

    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Sharp looking chopper there, Steve.
    Looks like a good time.

    My kids (and even my eldest granddaughter!) got to have several trips when the Canadian Coast Guard took them to visit their mother (my ex) at the Bamfield Light Station off the west cost of Vancouver Island.
    I have yet to experience a helicopter ride myself ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post
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    A nice day was rounded off by a 2-hour slog around the M25 car park
    M25 motorway is, as far as I remember, the masterpiece of Crowley demon mentioned in Good Omens novel, right? Well, ours is called D1

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    I will steer clear of D1 then Daniel.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    great looking gift!
    and rest assured, it does indeed have wings! they just work extremely hard beating the air into submission!!!

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    Glad you enjoyed your flight, Steve.

    A helicopter ride is on my "to do" list.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Got a heli trip for my 50th some yrs ago.
    Flew over the Loire vally by Amboise and Chenonceaux Chateau. Loved it
    Last edited by tikkifriend; 07-03-2022 at 15:12.


    I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
    Coming down is the hardest thing

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    Nice one Steve. Another one off the Bucket List?
    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

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    I missed out on one a few years back.

    The International MRI Conference rotates between Europe, the USA and Asia, and I attended the one in Berlin, paid for by the Hospital Trust.
    Two years later, the next one was the USA, and it was scheduled in Hawaii.
    I went to see my boss, who told me in no uncertain terms to forget it - they wouldn't stump up for that!

    6 months later, I was chatting to the Consultant who holds the purse strings for ISMRM in the Trust, and he expressed great surprise that no one had asked to go - the funding had been available!
    The Medical Physicist who attended showed me the photographs from her helicopter ride around the Big Island -
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    I missed out on one a few years back.

    The International MRI Conference rotates between Europe, the USA and Asia, and I attended the one in Berlin, paid for by the Hospital Trust.
    Two years later, the next one was the USA, and it was scheduled in Hawaii.
    I went to see my boss, who told me in no uncertain terms to forget it - they wouldn't stump up for that!

    6 months later, I was chatting to the Consultant who holds the purse strings for ISMRM in the Trust, and he expressed great surprise that no one had asked to go - the funding had been available!
    The Medical Physicist who attended showed me the photographs from her helicopter ride around the Big Island -
    Yeh, great to have bosses like that.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus



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