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    Bygrave and Chichester
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2009 Aug 01, 02:59 +0100

    My interest in the Bygrave was triggered by my reading Sir Francis
    Chichester's account of flying a Moth, open cockpit single engine
    airplane across the Tasman Sea in 1931 doing celnav on the way to find
    two tiny islands where he could refuel, each leg about 500 nautical
    miles. Today, at Headcorn Aerodrome in England, I had the opportunity to
    fly the same type of aircraft and my admiration for Chichester increased
    ten fold. It is a very light aircraft so it is bounced around a lot my
    even the lightest turbulence. The controls are very sensitive,
    especially in pitch, so it takes a lot of concentration to keep the
    plane flying straight and level. It is also very noisy and the wind
    blows vigorously through the cockpit. I don't know how Chichester
    managed to do it, flying the plane, shooting sun lines with  a marine
    sextant, doing the computations with the Bygrave (holding it
    horizontally so it didn't get blown out of the cockpit), estimating
    drift angle, and plotting the LOPs and the drift lines. I recommend this
    book, Seaplane Solo, to everybody and I can email a copy to anyone who
    is interested.
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