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    Gliding

    Took a drive past a local gliding club today. They were taking advantage of the better weather to get a few flights in. Its a very popular sport in the UK.
    A trial flight will cost you £75 which can be upgraded to one which takes you to an altitude of one mile costing £125.

    I spend about an hour watching but had to keep to the edge of the airfield. I would have preferred to have got closer for some detailed shots.

    Here are a few.

    Waiting patiently for the tug.





    Extending the tow wire from the tug (Pawnee I think)




    Connecting to the glider.




    Taking up the slack




    Gathering speed into the wind




    Tha gliders up




    Now both




    And away



    Closest I got was this




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    Re: Gliding

    Very very cool thread Andy!! Were you tempted to try it? For some odd (looking at this) reason I just had a flash back... we used to tie a rope to the back of my friends 450 Honda motorcycle stand on cardboard and ski on ice in Cleveland winter's. John Wilson.



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    It is a nice experience, have been in one once, very easygoing. But I find powered planes a lot more fun.

    On the pics, it seems that they are cutting it very very close to those trees, but I guess in reality they are very far away.
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    John. Not tempted at all. I think I would prefer being dragged over ice behind the Honda 450. Having said that, my Wife has offered to fund a flight for my birthday. Thinking of the photos I may get might tempt me.

    BabyJoe The trees are not that far away. If you notice when airbourne the aircraft are banking to the left as the field curves gently around the corner.

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    Re: Gliding

    About 20 years ago a buddy and I went to Vegas for a weekend. Then we drove to his place in Phoenix. I spent a week there on holiday. While there we went about 35 miles outside the city to a small air strip. The guy had 2 gliders, so we rented both and up we went! We each had our own glider (with a pilot of course) and were up at the same time, cruising over the desert, with the mountains in the distance. It was a ball! We had loads of fun, and back then it was only 35.00 each!

    Thanks for the memory!

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    Hi Andy,

    Great pictures. It brings up a lot of old memories. When I was a kid, I helped on a local airfield. Sometimes pilots asked me to join their flight (mostly on a cessna 176 Skyhawk) and I even was a passenger on instruction flights several times.

    One time I helped on the gliding strip. The oldes instructor invited me for a glide, so I went up. It was totally different from the sports planes. The wings flapped and the my senses were completely wrong everytime. When we were going up, it felt like falling and when we went down the other way around, while the earth seemed to spin around the plane. It was quiet a heavy experience to me. I was sure I would never take a step into a glider anymore...

    Unfortunately the instructor died a few years later in a terrible glider accident.

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    Great pics Andy....
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