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Warbird primary training – STALL recognition – SHORT field LANDING – STEARMAN Flying

Training WWII style, to honour my Grandfather; he was a Spitfire Fighter Pilot.
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Warbird training will be an ongoing series, hopefully culminating in my training to fly a Spitfire as my grandfather did.
I look forward to producing and sharing quality content documenting the training!

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Previous Warbird related episode LINKS:

Big thanks to Dennis for sharing is beautiful 1942 Stearman to get this series really going:

Stearman intro flight part 1:

Stearman intro flight part 2:


Training with the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association coming soon – more info about this amazing flying museum here:

My Grampa’s info:

Leonard  Russell  Thorne  F/LT
421 Red  Indian  Squadron  (Spitfire)
11  Group,  127 Wing  —– 129 Sorties
Sworn  in  August 12th, 1940
Discharged  August 16th, 1945

And here’s the story about that awesome WWII Flight Training Manual:
(As shared by r/flying user: boredatofficeman)

“I was introduced to Augie (pronounced Aww-gee) by my grandmother, she passed this year I stay in contact with him. When Augie learned I was a pilot, I learned he was a legend. Augie was a flight instructor on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. He trained on the Stearman PT-19 and flew a slew of aircraft in between. When we connected he immediately pulled out this patter and told me to take it home and study. I tried to politely decline as this was one of his memories, but he insisted. He said he spent enough time memorizing it under a blanket with his flashlight in flight school; they had two weeks to master it cover to cover. Things like this are golden, I’m glad I could share it with you Steve and all the Flight Chop fans.”

Full thread here:


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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

My virtual “ride-along” flying videos are aimed and sharing my experiences and giving back to the aviation community which has been so helpful to me. I shoot multi-camera angles, get detailed real time instrument panel shots, and have radio intercom audio. I respect people’s time, so I put a fair bit of work into editing to keep the videos concise and engaging; I add animations and further graphics and voice overs where needed to add context and explanations.

My hope is to continue to grow and evolve the “Flight Chops” project with input and support from the aviation community!

Steve Thorne, aka "Flight Chops"

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I am a “weekend warrior” private pilot, I fly for fun with no intentions of going commercial. I have had my PPL for over 15 years, but still consider each flight a learning experience – I generally take detailed notes after each flight to remind myself what went well or what I could do to improve…. Having the GoPro cameras to record flights like this is invaluable. I find these self analysis videos very helpful in my constant quest to improve, and am happy to share.

Feedback is invited; however, please keep it positive.

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