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Old 08-18-2019, 03:39 AM   #631
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I did not know a country could have a center for the used book trade...
Hay-on-Wye, just on the Welsh side of the Wales-England border, is another regional centre for the second hand book trade.

Quite why is a bit of a mystery, although judging by the numbers of booksellers I think that they have probably established a breeding colony there.

Somebody get David Attenborough on the phone. He should be able to advise.
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:04 AM   #632
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Somebody get David Attenborough on the phone. He should be able to advise.
Chances are he already has.
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:41 AM   #633
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A crazy rescue from an unknown world...

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Old 08-24-2019, 12:16 PM   #634
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Wikipedia fleshes out that great story a little:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945_N...Special_rescue

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glider...k-up_technique

Trying to figure out how two gliders can be picked up on one trip.

Here, too:
https://www.npr.org/2011/04/26/13571...-in-shangri-la

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Old 08-25-2019, 12:06 AM   #635
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They can't, at their altitude the could only fly out a glider with 5 people, then fly one in and fly 5 more people out. They did that three times as explained in minute 7 of the video.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:18 AM   #636
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From the second Wiki link above, about the technique in general:

"The steel wire was then winched in. It was possible for one plane to pick up two gliders in this way, in two passes."
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Old 08-25-2019, 03:14 PM   #637
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Just for laughs.

There was another extraction technique available, from around 1943, as you can see about 20 seconds into this video.

It wouldn't become refined as the Fulton Extraction Technique for another dozen or so years though.



Setting up a pick-up zone, as seen at the beginning of the video, was part of my training. A CIA STOL aircraft with hook actually came in to make sure it worked.

I've seen an IRL Fulton Extraction. Better them than me.
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:28 AM   #638
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From the second Wiki link above, about the technique in general:

"The steel wire was then winched in. It was possible for one plane to pick up two gliders in this way, in two passes."
Yeah I don't get it, the first glider is going to be a ways behind the tug so I can't see how that wouldn't get in the way of grabbing a second. Maybe the glider pilot flies it higher than the tug out of the way? After all it is a plane.
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Old 09-03-2019, 10:47 AM   #639
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Arial view of an English gent working his garden.
Probably not typical as this garden is the 12,000 acre Warter Priory.

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Old 09-03-2019, 11:34 AM   #640
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I liked that vid, thought it was Kansas.
The twin tracked tractor has one humungous muffler.
BIG bales of hay.
Do-si-do square dance move with the two discers.
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Old 09-03-2019, 11:40 AM   #641
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Same place, part of a series, wheat not hay:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMWJvxgHtmw
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Old 09-03-2019, 11:33 PM   #642
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Those three string bales of straw are probably close to 150 lbs, man my back hurts just thinking about them. I preferred the 65 lb bales you could grab one with each hand to stay balanced.
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:39 AM   #643
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Looks more like six string and probably 1000 lbs +.
But there has been a conspiracy over the years between balers and gravity to make them nearly impossible to raise off the ground, leading to stackin' 'em knee-high instead of shoulder.
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:59 AM   #644
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I tried working with those small bales once, unloading the truck at a small farm. After a half hour, I had to quit, because my throat was closing and my skin was breaking out in hives. Allergic.
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:45 PM   #645
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I spent an afternoon doing that too. Stacking them on the wagon as the tractor spat them out. Not the best work out there. I prefer being a desk jockey.
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