22 AUGUST 2011

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AND FINALLY: Flights for non-flyers

Non-flyers do read AERBT, and plenty of aficionados have friends who are nervous of getting into the air, courtesy of the Wright Brothers’ engineering (and others).

The mention of AIRBASE in this issue reminded us that the Coventry Airport operation does offer taxi rides in a flyable Douglas DC3 aircraft.  You can get on board, hear the commands of the cabin crew, and sit completely relaxed as the aircraft rushes down the runway but does not actually get airborne.  Even the tail wheel lifts, but you have not flown!

Grounded by EU regulations for passenger flights, it is rumoured that Air Atlantique's DC3s (known in the RAF as the Dakota) could make a spectacular return to the pleasure flying circus next year courtesy of the CAA. 

www.classicflight.com/airbase

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