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FlightGear Newsletter December 2012

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FGUK's Saturday Night Flights
''A work in progress''
[[File:FGUK-3rdNov12.jpg|270px|thumb|FGUK discovers there is nothing half so much worth doing than messing about in (flying) boats]]
[[File:FGUK-10thNov12.jpg|270px|thumb|Fast jets of FGUK leave the British winter behind for some fine-weather flying in Hawaii]]
[ FGUK] rounded off November with four more memorable outings, forsaking the bleak winter scenery of the United Kingdom for the warmer climes of South and Pacific America before returning to the Lake District for some low flying exercises within easy flying distance of our home base of Llanbedr (EGOD).
We started the month by leaving the fast jets snug in their hangars and paddling out to board seaplanes and flying boats dating from the classic age of intercontinental flight to modern day transport and fire-fighting aircraft. The additional challenge of beginning our flight from Lake Titicaca, 12000 feet up on the Andean Altiplano, set regular FGUK fliers practicing hard during the preceding week, with some of the older aircraft requiring skill and patience to even start their enginesin the thin air, and all pilots adjusting to the unusual and slightly tricky experience of taking off at altitude. Their efforts paid off, forming up around Flight Leader Algernon to skim the Andes before descending steadily down with the terrain to land in a flurry of surf off the Peruvian coast. This was almost certainly a collection of aircraft never seen flying before, with a truly gargantuan Hughes H4 Hercules (the ''Spruce Goose'') joining Canopus, the first Short S.23 'Empire' flying boat, a Bombardier 415 water-bomber, classically-beautiful Consolidated Catalina PBY and Grumman Goose among others.
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