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Tuesday November 21st, 2017

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Last weekend saw substantial progress being made on the GHC 2nd hangar build with the completion of the door frames, plus the installation of the drainage that will prevent the entrance being flooded in heavy rain.

Later two of the door frames were hung in position and their action tested on the rails, we are happy to report they slide very smoothly.

Meanwhile Ray has been working hard to complete the concretion of the side steps, hangar progress is considered by all to be very good at this time.
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Monday November 6th, 2017

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*** Latest Hangar Update ***

With the main structure in place, work has begun to integrate the building into the landscape and also to fit out the hangar with the things that will turn it from an empty metal shell into an operational building.

Gary and Richard have been working hard with the digger and dumper to landscape the ground at the front of the building to enable the easy access of gliders.

The concrete foundations for the door rails are now in place, stretching across the entire front of the building and the rails have been fixed to them. Meanwhile, several trailers have been placed inside the hangar to shelter from the approaching winter along with the Dart 15, which has been rigged ready to be hung on the back wall like the Manuel Hawk in the Chris Wills hangar. Leveling of the floor inside is complete and it is expected that the concrete floor will be poured in the spring.

At the north eastern corner of the hangar, the foundations of a wartime building had been exposed when the site was originally excavated for the 2nd hangar build. This presented us with a problem because it raised the ground near the front corner, which could not be cut away and created a jagged edge that visitors to the site could easily fall off. The solution has been to build this up with fresh concrete to tidy the edge and to put a railing up to remove the potential for falling between the hangar and the ledge.

Ray Whitakker is in the process of building the steps that will link the two hangars together and this is coming on well.

So since my last update, lots of progress to report and things are looking good for next year's grand opening in the late spring.
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Sunday October 15th, 2017

Paul Haliday shared a link to the group: The Gliding Heritage Centre.

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce a new addition to the GHC collection...

As of Friday 6th October, The Gliding Heritage Centre is now the proud owner of the last remaining Scud II glider!

Yes that's right, with the help of some very generous donors we have been able to purchase the Scud II from the Shuttleworth Trust.

That mean's that now for the first time ever you will be able to see the Scud I, Scud II and Scud III gliders together when we rig the Scud II.

You can read all about the Scud II on the Collection page of the GHC website, but in the meantime he's a rather nice video of the glider flying at Old Warden.
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Copyright © 2013 Malcolm Auld This video and audio material may not be used in any form without written permission. The Abbott-Baynes Scud 2 was a 1930s high...

Saturday October 7th, 2017

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The 2nd hangar's been going up faster than Jack's beanstalk with more progress occurring every day.

The building is now largely clad and we are working to install the services, drainage has been installed and this afternoon we dug the trench for the electrical cable that will supply power to the building.

The meadow is resembling more a ploughed field after the heavy machinery, maybe we won't reseed the grass and just plant potatoes instead! :)
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Thursday September 14th, 2017

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Progress on the 2nd hangar has been absolutely amazing so far in the short space of time since the project started: here's a series of images that show the work done by our committed volunteers.

If you'd like to join in, why not, and become part of a very special team.
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Wednesday July 12th, 2017

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Last night we ran a visit for the Wootys Beaver pack from Alton.

The GHC was alive to the sound of 20 enthusiastic minds all eager to learn about flying and gliding.

The Beavers took part in 3 activities: Making paper planes, having a go in the GHC simulator and learning about some of the gliders in the collection.

It was a huge hit with parents and children alike.

A big thanks must go to the hosts Mark & Mandy Wills, Julian Ben-David, Paul Jackman and Rob McEvoy who kindly devoted their Tuesday evening to help out.

I manned the flight simulator along with Paul Jackman and was astonished how well some of them could fly!

If you would like to bring a group to the Gliding Heritage Centre then why not book a visit and we'll be delighted to accommodate you, look at www.glidingheritage.org.uk/visits.htm to find out how.
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Tuesday July 11th, 2017

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We cleared out the hangar for a bit of spring cleaning and also it gave me a chance to take some photos of the gliders in the July sun
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Monday July 3rd, 2017

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Those of you have received the official 2nd Hangar appeal communication may have seen the artists impression, contrary to the impression given the 2nd hangar has not actually been built yet! :)

Here's an Ariel view of actual site progress showing the ground preparations that have taken place.

A couple of GHC members have made substantial pledges this week so we are moving towards our target, so if you would like to add yours please don't hesitate to visit the donations page on our website.
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Monday June 12th, 2017

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If you have visited our hangar you may have noticed the airframe of a Flying Flea in the corner of the hangar.

This airframe was built as a replica in the 1970's and given to us by Shoreham Aviation Society before their sad closing.

The airframe was fitted with a Douglas Dragonfly flat twin engine, that GHC member Graham Seale offered to restore to running condition.

Graham is never someone to do things in half measures and he has been working tirelessly over the last couple of years to return the engine to life.

Well, I'm thrilled that the engine has now run on a test stand at his mate Daniel's house.

Here's a short video showing the engine coming back to life for the first time after countless years.

We admire Graham and Daniel for their efforts and we can't wait to see the Flying Flea taxi under it's own power for the first time.
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Saturday June 3rd, 2017

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I'm very pleased to announce that Gary Pullen and Richard Moyse have begun ground works for the second hangar.

We will keep you updated as building work progresses.
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Tuesday May 16th, 2017

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Message from Gary Pullen...

STOP PRESS
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I was informed this morning that The Slingsby Falcon 1 has been puchased by a mystery buyer to stop it going to America and preserve it for its rightful place the GHC.
It should be arriving in its trailer at the Lasham in the next few days.
Further details to follow later.
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Sunday May 7th, 2017

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Today was a great flying day at the GHC, a slow grey start which then very quickly cleared shortly after Gary took his winch launch in the YS53.

I then took it up with Pete Ritchie for a half hour flight in wave interfered with thermals and then Bruce Cooper took over the reigns flying with Ian McKillop. Also enjoying flights in the 53 where John Carpenter, Dave Hopgood and Howard Torode.

Mark Wills and Paul Wheatcroft flew the Foka 4 and at the end of the day both aircraft had flown several hours between them.

At one point we could see the Sovereign thermalling high above the airfield with the very distinctive orange shape of the Foka 4 below.

It is fair to say that the YS53 and the Foka 4 are proving to be very popular with many people being very keen to get into them. We hope they continue to be as popular with our pilots as they currently are.
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Wednesday April 19th, 2017

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Several large boxes have arrived in the Lasham office, check out this page to find out what's inside them at the end of the week! :)
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Monday April 3rd, 2017

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Yesterday was the first GHC flying day of the year with decent weather!

Out came The Beast, the T21, the private Oly 2b '127' and making her first appearance at the Lasham launchpoint since her wings were recovered; the GHC Oly2b 'BGR".

Gary took her for a test flight in the morning and then handed it over to the rest of the GHC membership, where she did a few hours soaring in the hands of Jim Duthie, Mark Wills and Geoff Martin. I am preparing a short video sequence of Gary's flight, and hope to upload this later today.

Meanwhile, after a check flight with Gary, Rod Brister took The Beast up by himself for a couple of hours. It's great when we have visitors and it was heartening to read Rod's post earlier on this page that he had such a great day out. We'd love to have more visits from our flying members from around and about, so if you have a spare first Sunday in the month why not come flying with us!

I can also share some fantastic news about the 2nd hangar fund, thanks to a anonymous donation by a mystery benefactor and another pledge the 2nd hangar fund now stands at a whopping £94,605!

Wouldn't it be great if we could make it up to £100,000 with another pledge or donation!
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Tuesday March 7th, 2017

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The Gliding Heritage Centre Awarded BGA Diploma

In recognition for its service towards gliding, the BGA has awarded the Gliding Heritage Centre the BGA Diploma.

At the BGA conference in Nottingham, in a ceremony hosted by the British Gliding Association, The Gliding Heritage Centre was proud to receive the award from the BGA's Pete Harvey.

This award is for everyone who has contributed to the success of the GHC. Whether you donated to a hangar appeal, helped build it, donated a glider, maintain the gliders in the workshop, or do any other thing for us; this award goes to you all for making the GHC the success it is today. We thank you all.

It is so fantastic that the GHC's work is now being recognised at an official level, let's keep up the good work!
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