Flying the Grumman Agcat solo after flying Cessna’s and other hum drum aircraft can get the heart pumping!
Fingernails were chewed down to the quick, the Lavazza Mio Coffee machine was furiously expressing espressos, the wind was checked and rechecked – straight down the runway. No excuses. The 450hp biplane was full of fuel and oil. Still no excuses.
No pilot could say no, it was now or never. Splendidly dressed in airline-issue slacks, white shirt and epaulettes, Bryn clambered up the 2 tonne Grumman Agcat. The now familiar task of firing up the 16 litre 9 cylinder Pratt & Whitney engine and taxiing the aircraft was the easy bit…
Lined up on the runway, we could hear the engine note soar to an ear blistering note as the prop tips went supersonic, sending shock waves reverberating around the hangars and inducing more PTSD in the airport’s neighbours. In less than 10 seconds he was airborne… now he had to land it.
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