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FlightGear Newsletter December 2012

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FGUK's Saturday Night Flights
The chance to hone some slightly rusty skills came the following week, with a theme surround a single aircraft, and one which is both famously capable and notoriously tricky to handle - the physics-defying BaE Harrier. As one of the great British aircraft of all time, the Harrier is well represented in the FGUK hangar and the pilots had several incarnations to choose from for this high-speed, low-level, cross-continental mission from Chile to Port Stanley. Planned and led by N-SCOT, the flight plan had some tricky twists, including employing the Harrier's ace card feature: its ability to operate away from traditional flight infrastructure, in this case, a beach refueling. One vertical take-off later, and the squadron was skimming the waves, headed southeast for Stanley at 200ft AGL. Reports that the first round in the Victory public house was purchased by StuartC are apparently without substance.
''Still The last week of November took us closer to come: A rainy home when Moli organised a flight to the Lake District in the LakesNorth of England. Departing Walney Island airfield (coincidentally the site of the first ever FGUK flying event back in 2010) were Hawker Hunters, planned events Vought F-8 Crusaders, and an FGR2 among others. The weather was typically damp and grey, but with cockpit heaters turned up the low-level blast through the valleys and over the lakes was a success. FGUK welcomes pilots from all corners of the FG universe to fly with us on a Saturday at 2000hrs UTC. Please check the [ Saturday Night Flying subforum on our website] to find out where we will be gathering and whether there are any recommendations or requirements for Decemberaircraft, and how address any questions to get involvedus there.''We hope to see you in the skies!
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