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  1. An Englishman, a Scotsman and country bumpkin from outside Dublin found themselves in a pub with no other guests. The Englishman stepped forward and said, "Hello! I'm George, born on St. George’s Day, so my parents called me George after the Patron Saint of England!" "That's uncanny, said the Scotsman, "my name is Andrew, and mine named me on St Andrew's Day, too! The face of the farmer from Ireland lit up and said, "Heaven above! Amazing! Guess what...!" Before he could answer, they both said, "Don't tell, it's Patrick, right?" "No, he answered, it's Pancake."
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  2. Much loved & respected Bert Mercer started New Zealand (NZ)'s 1st licensed airline with his De Havilland Fox Moth in 1934 servicing the rugged, west coast of NZ's South Island. His airline, Air Travel (NZ) Ltd, grew in scope & popularity & provided valuable service during WW2. It ceased operations when subsumed by NZ's nationalisation of its airlines in 1947. Mercer himself died tragically as a passenger in one of his own aircraft in 1944. Hope you find it interesting. Cheers. https://youtu.be/axpEotPaHYQ?si=WwgKzG5M4jzLbrzQ
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  3. I like this story, the best way to build a business is by getting out there and beating the bushes and that is exactly what Mr. Mercer did. And what a place to do it in, gorgeous part of the world with plenty of opportunity. Thanks Frank, another great video story. A shame the government took over the flying business, something wrong about that in my mind. As another side note(s), I always liked the way folks wore suits back then, even when working. Also, anyone else wonder what the inside of that plane smelled like. Never saw this plane before so looked up some images of inside an
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  4. True pioneering spirit in those days! Great fun, thanks for posting Frank.
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  5. The beautiful, iconic Coral Route through the South Pacific in the 1950s between New Zealand (NZ) & Tahiti was the last flying boat route in the world. The Short Solent IV flying boat flying that route is preserved in an Auckland, NZ, museum & is the last remaining Short Solent in the world. Hope you enjoy. Cheers.
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  6. Looks like fun, I wish I could do it still today. Even if they could build a flying boat like that today everyone is in a hurry nowadays and they prefer speed over the fun of getting there. Not to mention what it would cost in today's dollars. Thanks for the views Frank, always enjoyable. BTW; The post only shows a link. FIXED BY JOE
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  7. Hi George, you might want to start a new thread for this question. Maybe the moderators can do this for you, if not it's best to do it yourself.
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  8. I have stayed with win10 for a few reasons but I know of others that have upgraded and had no problems with their flight sim MSFS, if you're still using FSX then I can help you because I don't know of anyone using it in Win11. If you are now in MSFS I did find this using Bing, Windows 11 compatibility with flight simulation software and add-ons is a topic of interest for many aviation enthusiasts. Let’s delve into the details: Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS): MSFS runs normally on Windows 11, and there isn’t a separate version specifically for this OS1.
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  9. Following MSFS's recent World Update of The Caribbean, plus additional water-masking, now is a good time to visit The Caribbean in MSFS. So come learn about the little-known importance of The Caribbean in WW2 & visit some of the American WW2 airfields there. We'll also take the opportunity to visit 3 present-day iconic airfields. Hope you enjoy. Cheers.
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  10. Great TnG at St Barts, considering there was someone on the runway.
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  11. Thank guys in reporting suspicious posts, 100 % spam. I'm getting the reports through by email so I action it and ban the "member" immediately. Cheers, Joe
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  12. Seems good to me. Love the water-masking. Cheers.
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  13. Thanks Frank, enjoyed seeing those island airstrips. A couple of those small ones, like Saba, are white knucklers in some planes. Now I noticed you did a couple of bounce and goes in that old Placid Plodder, have done my share in them and I'm pretty sure others have also, although it's like having a baby I've been told, over time you tend to forget about the pain of having one. So, what do you think of the work MSFS have done around the islands?
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  14. At 10.31 am, on 30 June 1956, TWA & UAL airliners collided mid-air over the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA, & crashed into the Canyon. All 128 people on the airliners perished. At the time, it was the worst aircraft accident in the USA. It shocked the nation & the world. It led to the eventual radical improvement in ATC through changed procedures, new technology & more personnel. Hope this video helps us to fly even more safely.
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  15. Thanks Brett. I strongly agree with you. When learning to fly, and when undergoing flight reviews, and in the official documentation, “see and avoid” or “ see and be seen” is so strongly emphasised when flying VFR, but YouTubers can fill their cockpits with cameras and fly VFR while talking to their cameras, and the authorities say and do nothing! They are probably waiting for more YouTuber accidents! Cheers.
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  16. I like to watch real pilots flying on youtube, it is surprising how many don't look out their windscreens for other planes in a timely manner.
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  17. I agree with your Swiss cheese model of probable causation. The pilots should have more aware of the situation outside the aircraft? Thanks for posting Frank.
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  18. Sorry to hear of the passing of your CFI. Definitely more accurate communication could have avoided the disaster. Thanks for the documentary, it had me zoned in on the screen
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  19. All of a sudden, we seem to be under a spam attack, and is becoming annoying, is nothing sacred!. I suppose Joe will get around to deleting the rubbish, although I suspect he has better things to do.
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  20. The Royal Opera Chorus sing La traviata's famous drinking song.
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  21. Thanks Brett. There is so much history behind your 2nd para, but it would have made my video too long. Another aspect was that civil and military ATC were forced to coordinate after years of bickering. Cheers
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  22. Three men are stranded on an island. They are close to starvation, when a Native Tribe finds them and takes them back to their camp. The leader says:" Go in a jungle and bring back a fruit, then we will let you live". They go out looking for fruits, the first guy comes back with a peach. The leader says:" Now take the peach and shove it up your ass, if you laugh, we will kill you." He attempts it but has to laugh so they cut his head off. The second man appears back from his trip with a grape. The leader gives him the same instructions, but the second guy doesn't seem to have any
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