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Mike Brink
Posts:12
Posted:5/20/2011 8:16:20 AM
Hey all.

I have completed my book 'On the flightlines' and I have set up a web site related to the book. On the website are a number(50%) of chapters so that you can get a feel for it.

It covers my life in aviation from taking lessons as a schoolboy, to my years in the SAAF, working on the oil rigs and flying as a mercenary in South America.

Come take a look and let us know what you think.

Kind regards, Mike

www.ontheflightlines.net


Feetloose
Posts:17
Posted:5/23/2011 9:04:48 AM
Mike, thanks for the "taste". I have not finished reading your preview, but I almost had to change pants during the bit that I have finished. I also did my PPL outside the SAAF and also had a couple of "scary" moments. But one that I will remember for the rest of my life was the time I took my then girlfriend (now wife) for her first flip after I got my PPL. I mean, I had to make an impression, so what do a stupid youngster do - a real niiiiice and loooong spin, obviously without a warning. But it was not nice or long. The second turn into the spin and her breakfast was flying all over and because the C150 was so small, everything was obviously all over us. My father almost killed me when I got back, my girlfriend almost dropped me and I had valet job for the rest of the weekend. When is your book coming out ? I certainly would like to read all of it. Greetings, Feetloose


Feetloose
johansamin
Posts:664
Posted:6/2/2011 5:59:25 PM
Mike, we are looking forward to getting your book... it looks like good and exciting reading material!

It reminded me of my air observer training in 1984, which i had to type up and post to my personal Warblog (see http://blogs.warinangola.com/Home/tabid/167/EntryId/30/-10-dit-is-11A-Einde-van-bestoking-Baie-goed-geskiet-Vy-posisie-vernietig-Uit.aspx)

Regards
Johan

Mike Brink
Posts:12
Posted:6/10/2011 10:56:22 AM
Lovely story there Johan. I would like to invite you to visit our aviation forum at http://www.flyafrica.info/index.php and in particular : http://www.flyafrica.info/forums/forumdisplay.php?117-Aviation-Tales-(Civvie-amp-SAAF) : more more stories about the bush war from an aviation perspective. Please come and post your story there and join us for a chat.

About tthe landing at Ondangwa

There was a concern about shoulder launched heat seeking missiles so the pilot would throttle back and nose down into a 15 000 feet per minute dive (200 KPH vertical, 200 KPH Horizontal). This would maintain the airspeed, but would cool the engines and and dissapate the exhaust gasses, as well as minimise the period of target visibility and the infrared signature so that there was nothing for heat seeking missiles to lock onto. Unlike a long shallow decent where the plane is vulnerable for a long period, the plane would get quite close to the field and cruise height over the unsecured area, and then drop like a stone, beginning its flare at about 8000 feet (3000 feet / 1000M above the field, and then slow its vertical velocity from 200 KPH to 0KPH over the last 1000 meters. The turn you mah have experienced would be if there was a crosswind over the field, the rapid descent would have been into the wind to slow the horizontal as much as possible, pushing the drop more to the vertical, and then after leveling out, a right hander onto the runway.

So, if you have ever tried to slow a car doing 200 kilometrs per hour, you an imagine what it is like slowing 50 tons of flossie with nothing but air to stop you, and then its full reverse thrust as reverse thrust is used to kill the forward speed and that uses up another 1 kilometer of runway.

So yes, it was roofie ride of note.

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