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Homemade wood-frame plane in UK cruises at 100 mph and is fully acrobatic

I herewith nominate this for my “post of year.


Hey Lloyd,

Glad you’ve recovered from the initial shock of the wrist injury and seen sense to continue!

Thought you might appreciate a different wooden structure. It’s a Flitzer Z1S, built with sitka spruce and birch ply (mostly 1mm). Constructed over around 10 years from plans, it flew for the first time at the end of August. Cruise is 100 mph and she’s fully aerobatic. See YouTube G-ECVZ first flight and Z1S flight.

Best, Vic (Long, UK)

Want to go for a flight over the English countryside? All I gotta say is holy shit! Vic, you da man!

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Rare, old photos of indigenous Sami people showcase their ancient and traditional way of life

“The Sami people (also Sámi or Saami), traditionally known in English as Lapps or Laplanders, are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway.…

Their best-known means of livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding. Currently about 10% of the Sami are connected to reindeer herding, providing them with meat, fur, and transportation. 2,800 Sami people are actively involved in herding on a full-time basis. For traditional, environmental, cultural, and political reasons, reindeer herding is legally reserved only for Sami people in certain regions of the Nordic countries.…”

From Rick Gordon

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