Take note, Isadora Dun­can

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Re­gard­ing Dave Un­win’s Min­i­max test re­port men­tion­ing leather hel­met and silk scarf ( Pi­lot Fe­bru­ary). My old fly­ing in­struc­tor John Brad­bury (based at Sand­bach in­ter­na­tional), pointed out the dan­gers of scarves, open cock­pits and pusher props, in fact any­thing that might flap around and find its way into the prop.

Talk­ing of pusher props, I once had an ex­haust stub de­part while over­head Bee­ston Cas­tle. That went into the wooden prop shat­ter­ing half off one blade. Man-o-man what a bang, at 2,000 ft with a ner­vous pas­sen­ger, un­be­liev­able vi­bra­tion.

Chopped the ig­ni­tion and ten­ta­tively checked the con­trols look­ing for dam­age to the wing and fly­ing wires. En­gine mounts loose but noth­ing fall­ing off. Good for­tune we had a real ale pub with a toi­let and a con­ve­nient field be­low us. Drama over but ILAFFT.

Crack­ing mag, been a sub­scriber for over thirty years. Love it.

Bryon Epps, Crewe

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