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    Re: Bygrave and Chichester
    From: Tom Sult
    Date: 2009 Aug 01, 11:26 -0500

    Gary....
    Sounds like a great day at the Aerodrome!  I also am a pilot, and
    would love a copy of the book.  If you can email it to tsult---.com
    Thanks.
    Thomas A. Sult, MD
    IntegraCare Clinic
    www.icareclinics.com
    tsult---.net
    
    
    
    On Jul 31, 2009, at 8:59 PM, Gary LaPook wrote:
    
    >
    > 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.
    >
    > gl
    >
    >
    > >
    
    
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