Friday, 20 February 2009

Trust The Pilot

There is an e-mail doing the rounds that features all of the above photo’s with a caption that simply reads “When You Really Need To Trust The Pilot.” That one little short sharp sentence doesn’t give me a hell of lot of Blog material to write about, however they do say a picture paints a thousand words, which in this case is very relevant and besides, I really wanted to share them with you.

Seeing highly skilled pilots in action is something that always leaves me in awe and it never seizes to amaze how they are able to land their aircraft on a postage stamp. Down the road from where I live, just north of Durban, there is an airfield that runs parallel to the beach called Virginia Airport whose runway also isn’t the longest, and the annual air show that they put on never disappoints.

Just to clarify, if you have never heard of the Virginia Air Show, it’s not at all a case of what planet have you been living on, it’s definitely not Farnborough, it is however in its own diminutive way, something really special and well worth attending. There are always plenty of Aerobatic teams, skydiving displays, historically significant planes and jets that cause the bones to rattle when they shoot by at low altitude.

One of last years highlights was the arrival of a C 160 Hercules which landed, maneuvered, did a three point turn and took off again on the significantly small runway. The C160 is the big cargo plane that has made an appearance in so many war movies; it’s the one that usually has the cargo flap down and tanks driving out of it. The above picture sequence did for obvious reasons remind me of that demonstration.

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