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Thursday January 4th, 2018

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Today we were visited by Graham Saw who came bearing a gift.

A rather beautiful wind vane for GHC Hangar 2 modeled on Goerge Caley's 1849 glider complete with a replica Derek Piggott flying it.

This is a stunning piece of work, shame it will be going on the hangar roof where people won't be able to fully appreciate it!

Thank you Graham, that must have taken you ages to build.
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Saturday December 23rd, 2017

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Another Christmas Update from the GHC!

Firstly, on my last update I forgot to mention the hard work done by Thomas Holliday and Tony Fendall on the Colditz Cock replica...

Tom and Tony have been rebuilding the entire glider adding structural reinforcements and are also in the process of recovering the aircraft with new gingham fabric. New struts are being manufactured and the aircraft will be one of the first to go on display in the new hangar. It's going to look superb and we'll have to stop people from wanting to fly it, it's going to look that good when it is complete!

In the meantime, Glyn, Gary, Richard and myself headed up to Henlow to collect a Spalinger 21h glider last Thursday. This glider has been in storage since it was imported into the UK and has never flown here, also we collected a Slingsby Tutor fuselage from the same place, but we'll probably use this as a source of spares as the fittings can be used in many other Slingsby gliders.

The hangar has been a bit quiet lately, there is now a path that joins Ray's steps from the first hangar to the new.

We are winding down for Christmas now, so have a good one and we'll continue to keep you posted as to our continuing activities in the New Year.
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Sunday December 10th, 2017

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Christmas Update from The Gliding Heritage Centre

I thought I'd do a quick update on the latest happenings in the GHC before things close down for the holiday season...

We have built a road down to the second hangar from the concrete outside the first, that now means we can access the site without getting our boots caked in mud.

The front of the hangar now has a proper concrete apron, so access to the road will be much easier from inside.plus the hangar doors have been clad, so the winter winds will be kept out.

Meanwhile, Ray Whittaker's 'Stairway to Heaven' has been fully concreted and is awaiting its handrail.

We also rigged the Scud II inside the hangar for the first time today and where taken aback by how minimal the glider seems by modern standards.

On the other side of the airfield, rigged in the VGC clubhouse is the replica of the 1909 Weiss Glider 'Olive' donated to us by Andrew Jarvis.

That's all for this year, have a great Christmas and Happy Landings!
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Friday December 8th, 2017

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GHC XMAS Raffle Draw Winners Announced

At 7pm, Thursday 7th December in the Lasham Gliding Club Bar we held our prize draw, the winners are announced as follows...

1st Prize - Bumper Luxury XMAS Hamper - Ticket No. 00942 - Won by Chris Marren, LGS

2nd Prize - Magnum of Hattingley Valley 2013 Blanc de Blanc - Ticket No. 00128 - Won by Norman Jones, LGS/GHC

3rd Prize - Luxury Mini XMAS Hamper - Ticket No. 00815 - Bob Fletcher

Bonus 4th Prize - Lone Barn Photography Gift Voucher - Ticket No. 00860 - Joyce Herve

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, together we managed to raise £800 for the second hangar fund.

Also, we must not to forget to thank Hilton Thatcher for pushing this project through, over the last few weeks I never saw him without his box of tickets, and to all those other GHC members who sold tickets on our behalf..
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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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