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Well folks, I turned 40 today and...

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...my family got me an aerobatic flight in a Tigermoth for a present :-)I spent about 35 minutes over Cockburn Sound, South of Perth doing loops, rolls, stall turns, wing overs and finally some awesome spins in VH-FAS from the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia.Flying in an open cockpit is an amazing experience. Everyone needs to do it at least once.http://members.iinet.net.au/~portercb/flypics/DSC00509.JPG http://members.iinet.net.au/~portercb/flypics/DSC00511.JPGThis could get extremely habit forming :-)Cheers,Chris Porter:-outtaPerthWestern Australiahttp://www.fsd-international.com/images/FSD_beta_tester.jpg[h3] FSD Aircraft "Around the world" flight.Now at MUHA (Jose Marti Intl.) Havana, Cuba[/h3]Intel Celeron 850Tyan Tomcat i815T S2080 SystemBoardG Force 2 MX 400 64Mb VideoProLine CrystalView 17" Monitor512 Mb PC133 SDRAMWindows XP HomeCH Virtual Pilot ProCH Pro PedalsMSFS 2002 Pro full installFSMeteoFSNavigator

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHRIS!!! (although it's already tomorrow where you are!) You're looking good, Dude -- for 40. :-lol And kudos to your family..... that was a totally awesome gift they gave you -- Good Job, Family.-Lindy

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Hiya Lindy,How ya doing? Thanks for the wishes. Glad you clarified your statement :-lolYes it was an awesome gift. What a buzzzzzzzz. It's still the 14th here at the moment, About 21:15 hrs WA time.Cheers and best regards as always,Chris Porter:-outtaPerthWestern Australiahttp://www.fsd-international.com/images/FSD_beta_tester.jpg[h3] FSD Aircraft "Around the world" flight.Now at MUHA (Jose Marti Intl.) Havana, Cuba[/h3]Intel Celeron 850Tyan Tomcat i815T S2080 SystemBoardG Force 2 MX 400 64Mb VideoProLine CrystalView 17" Monitor512 Mb PC133 SDRAMWindows XP HomeCH Virtual Pilot ProCH Pro PedalsMSFS 2002 Pro full installFSMeteoFSNavigator

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Chris:That is a great way to celebrate the 40th. Much better than being on the receiving end of a bunch of black balloons and "over the hill" jokes.Congratulations!Doc Bryant

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Yup, it sure was Doc, still didn't miss out on the "over the hill" jokes though :-)Thanks for the wishes,Chris Porter:-outtaPerthWestern Australiahttp://www.fsd-international.com/images/FSD_beta_tester.jpg[h3] FSD Aircraft "Around the world" flight.Now at MUHA (Jose Marti Intl.) Havana, Cuba[/h3]Intel Celeron 850Tyan Tomcat i815T S2080 SystemBoardG Force 2 MX 400 64Mb VideoProLine CrystalView 17" Monitor512 Mb PC133 SDRAMWindows XP HomeCH Virtual Pilot ProCH Pro PedalsMSFS 2002 Pro full installFSMeteoFSNavigator

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Now *that* is an aircraft! :-)Happy birthday to you, Chris. I hope you don't think 40 is old, as I turn 53 this Friday. And that's not old either. :-hahAnd yeah, I can see how that would get habit-forming. Reeeeeal easy. :-)~Bob~http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif

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Great pictures and Congratulations to you on the other side of the world! Hope I swing through that birthday with as much style as you. Put up a couple more pictures, eh?One last awful joke: from here you're definitely UNDER the hill :-roll TedMontreal, snowing tonight

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Happy Birthday Chris :)Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!I am sure that flight was a blast, and it sounds like you have a GREAT family too. I passed the 40 mark almost 9 years ago, so take consolation that you will never be as old as me!!!!!Cheers to you down under,Den

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Happy Birthday, Chris! That is a fine present your family got for you. And yes, aerobatics can be habit forming, but then so is anything that involves flying. :-)

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Ted, Dennis and Scott,Thanks so much for your kind wishes. Guess I am pretty lucky that my wife thought of the Tiger/aero thing and then went and arranged for it without me suspecting for a moment. Suppose she has really been taking some notice of my passion for flying after 14 years of marriage :-)Cheers and best regards to you all,If I may indulge myself a little more, this is my wife Denise and myself while on holidays a few weeks ago :-)http://members.iinet.net.au/~portercb/flypics/Dsc00491_2.jpgThis is where we stayedhttp://members.iinet.net.au/~portercb/flypics/Dsc00493_2.jpgAnother scene on one of our bush walkshttp://members.iinet.net.au/~portercb/flypics/Dsc00492_2.jpgChris Porter:-outtaPerthWestern Australiahttp://www.fsd-international.com/images/FSD_beta_tester.jpg[h3] FSD Aircraft "Around the world" flight.Now at MUHA (Jose Marti Intl.) Havana, Cuba[/h3]Intel Celeron 850Tyan Tomcat i815T S2080 SystemBoardG Force 2 MX 400 64Mb VideoProLine CrystalView 17" Monitor512 Mb PC133 SDRAMWindows XP HomeCH Virtual Pilot ProCH Pro PedalsMSFS 2002 Pro full installFSMeteoFSNavigator

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Wow... that was SOME holiday, Chris. And your wife is lovely. Now, what nice surprise are you going to give her for HER birthday? :-hmmm-Lindy :-outta

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Beautiful pics, Chris. I've got to get over to Australia some time. It is one place I've wanted to visit for as long as I can remember.

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Scott,If you're ever over in the West, you have always got a room at my place.Cheers and best regards,Chris Porter:-outtaPerthWestern Australiahttp://www.fsd-international.com/images/FSD_beta_tester.jpg[h3] FSD Aircraft "Around the world" flight.Now at MUHA (Jose Marti Intl.) Havana, Cuba[/h3]Intel Celeron 850Tyan Tomcat i815T S2080 SystemBoardG Force 2 MX 400 64Mb VideoProLine CrystalView 17" Monitor512 Mb PC133 SDRAMWindows XP HomeCH Virtual Pilot ProCH Pro PedalsMSFS 2002 Pro full installFSMeteoFSNavigator

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Nice water, good trees, rocks, and a flowing stream -- looks like some places in the Tennessee/North Georgia/North Carolina areas.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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You must live in a very beautiful place Jerry.I too wish to be able to go to the US for a holiday one day and catch up with some of my American friends.Regards to you all,Chris Porter:-outtaPerthWestern Australiahttp://www.fsd-international.com/images/FSD_beta_tester.jpg[h3] FSD Aircraft "Around the world" flight.Now at MUHA (Jose Marti Intl.) Havana, Cuba[/h3]Intel Celeron 850Tyan Tomcat i815T S2080 SystemBoardG Force 2 MX 400 64Mb VideoProLine CrystalView 17" Monitor512 Mb PC133 SDRAMWindows XP HomeCH Virtual Pilot ProCH Pro PedalsMSFS 2002 Pro full installFSMeteoFSNavigator

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