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MB_Avro_UK
10-03-2007, 05:02 PM
Hi all,

This should be a song for all of you who were heading back to base in 'difficult' circumstances.....

'Mayday,mayday...calling all stations.'

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6s9ev7iPRPQ

Was or is Mike Oldfield a pilot?

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

MadBadVlad
10-03-2007, 05:54 PM
Wow - that brings back memories of the mid 80's http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Great song, must play it when I am nursing my Sturmo back with the usual perforated wings and grinding engine. Don't know if he was/is a pilot but this was some online background info. I found on the FMO album.............

From the man himself:. .. . "If you look at the cover of Five Miles Out, the plane is a Beech 18 (Registration GMOVJ). If your radio is breaking up, the control tower would tell you "Lost in static" and then give the call-sign, so it was "Lost in static, 18". . .. .It was just one of the lyrics I scribbled down one evening in the pub! When I was writing that song I just scribbled down anything I could think of to do with aeroplanes, and then assembled them into lyrics."

mortoma
10-03-2007, 06:17 PM
I don't think that song was a hit in the USA because I don't remember it at all. I don't recall the name either.

There was a very big progressive rock song from the eighties by Pink Floyd that had all sorts of aviation references in it. It was called "Learning to fly". I always thought that Dave Gilmour may have at least taken pilot lessons at some point. To listen to that song you'd think so.

HerrGraf
10-03-2007, 08:01 PM
Actually that song deals with Nick Mason's first solo flight. The background radio chatter is some of the actual recorded dialog of the event.

trumper
10-04-2007, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by mortoma:
I don't think that song was a hit in the USA because I don't remember it at all. I don't recall the name either.

There was a very big progressive rock song from the eighties by Pink Floyd that had all sorts of aviation references in it. It was called "Learning to fly". I always thought that Dave Gilmour may have at least taken pilot lessons at some point. To listen to that song you'd think so.

Dave Gilmour owned and flew some aircraft ,not sure whether he flew all of them though.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intrepid_Aviation

http://users.knoware.nl/users/ptr/pfloyd/news/rr.html

Durchstarten
10-04-2007, 01:38 PM
I'd quite forgotten that track. Good find.

Bit of a swine being told: "Five Miles Out...Just Hold Your Heading True", if you're flying heading magnetic and then you've got to work out the local magnetic variation, bla, bla, bla, CRASH!!

DPS.

MB_Avro_UK
10-04-2007, 02:50 PM
Originally posted by Durchstarten:
I'd quite forgotten that track. Good find.

Bit of a swine being told: "Five Miles Out...Just Hold Your Heading True", if you're flying heading magnetic and then you've got to work out the local magnetic variation, bla, bla, bla, CRASH!!

And he had 3 sets of golf clubs in the back http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

DPS.

Durchstarten
10-05-2007, 04:54 AM
MB Avro UK. Hope those clubs had been degaused http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

DPS.

MadBadVlad
10-13-2007, 06:45 AM
Just got the Five Miles Out album in the post (only 2 weeks late due to postal strikes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif ) and the cover blurb written by Mike Oldfield says:

"Every time I go up in a small plane something terrible happens. One engine stops, we go into a thunderstorm or snowstorm or we're surrounded by fog.

The real life incident that inspired the title song had occured when I was piloting a twin engined Piper Navaho over the Pyrennes mountains in Spain. The lyrics graphically portray the anxiety in the minds of those waiting on the ground for the plane to land safely: 'Our hope's with you/rider in the blue/welcome's waiting, we're anticipating/ you'll be celebrating when your down and braking' "