I was I went to Cranwell and did
but then off we went for training
We moved to the Gnat which had just
And so we were pretty much
to go through on the Gnat
which actually was quite
You walked out.
It looked simple because actually
was lower than you standing alongside it.
It was that small.
And sometimes if, for instance,
all you need to do is put enough
it very happily and change the wheel.
But anyhow, we learned to fly
and then unusually there was this habit
your advanced flying training,
or two would be sent off to be a 'creamy'
Now suddenly become an instructor.
And I was selected to be
A have a reasonable amount
but also to be a creamed off instructor.
People were very good on the instructor
because they were all yet in their late
because they normally gone out
So I didn't have that experience
The idea was to impart that knowledge
that Gnat to young people
one could empathize very easily
The Gnat was not entirely a service
morning was to say, what's the situation
And the answer
It was all the aircraft when the hangar
And I got airborne in one one day
and when I selected the undercarriage
they didn't come down.
The hydraulic track is split wide open.
And so I now had to land this aircraft
Now, it's an interesting experience
how close to the ground the Gnat was
I was going to land the aircraft
and you had to plant it down on this,
you know, you're going quite fast
And so there is your bum about five inches
along the runway with sparks and flashes
Except in this case, the wind
forced the aircraft
And at this stage it seemed very sensible
down enough, open the canopy before
I think it's heightened awareness
And therefore, the pupil
and standing on the wing waiting for it
so you can step off it just in case
During the all the flashing and grinding
But all was well,