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    Fortis Stratoliner / Lemania 5100 and a bit of aerospace history.

    For a while now Iíve wanted a Lemania 5100 powered chronograph. I particularly wanted a fixed black tachymeter bezel and a black dial with simple white numerals. A while ago I picked up this Fortis Stratoliner from eBay.


    I took a bit of a chance as the pictures didnít look great and the seller disclosed that the movement wasnít hacking during our negotiation. In the end it arrived looking pretty good, after a few days the hacking started to work and its been running at +3spd ever since. I know I should have it serviced but for now Iím just enjoying it. The famous Lemania 5100 robustness seems to be holding up.

    I liked the name so did a bit of research on the origins. I know Fortis are popular on the forum but I didnít know much about the history until I started looking. The first Fortis Stratoliner dates from the 1960ís.
    There was also a Day Date variant. Overall this Ď60s model appears to be a bit of homage to the Rolex Datejust. There is some speculation on the web about the name ĎStratolinerí deriving from the watchís suitability for high altitude reconnaissance flights. That sounds like nonsense to me, although Iím happy to be corrected. I think it more likely that it was a name associated with international travel and the Ďjet setí, as it was originally used for the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, the first commercial airliner with a pressurised cabin and possible the most beautiful passenger aircraft ever made, and then used for a series of Boeing planes up to the 707.


    Fortis also had a space connection in the Ď60s with a different watch, the Spacematic. . They were apparently used by Gemini astronauts. The only source for that claim I can find is a Fortis website so any corroboration would be appreciated. This wouldnít be the last Fortis space collaboration though.

    In the Ď80s Fortis launched a new Stratoliner with a Lemania 5100 movement. The original dial had indices not numerals and has a lovely clean look. . The version with numerals like mine looks to me like a transitional version that co-existed with the yet to be launched Cosmonaut.

    The Fortis space connection was re-established in 1992 thanks to an art project collaboration with the Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA) and the German artist Andora. This led to some very nice limited edition Stratoliners like this one belonging to DeepRedDave.
    Quote Originally Posted by deepreddave View Post
    I guess the Fortis marketing department were behind all this activity. However this successful commercial tie up and subsequent testing by the RFSA led to the development and launch (literally) in 1994 of the Fortis Official Cosmonauts watch.



    You can see how similar the dial is to my Stratoliner. Unscrambling the exact history of the different variants around this time, and what went into space first, isnít easy so any more information would be very welcome.

    Incidentally, Fortis, despite their recent troubles, have an interesting horological history. They launched the first commercial automatic watch in 1926, using a design patented by John Harwood.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John...d_(watchmaker)

    http://madeupinbritain.uk/Automatic_..._Watch_Company

    They are still going strong with some nice looking chronographs, including a Stratoliner, although now based on the Valjoux 7750.
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    That's a very fine catch, it looks great and I really like the handset.

    Thanks for expanding on the history of the Stratoliner/Cosmonaut. As you say, are so many variations that unscrambling a timeline isn't easy at all and I'm afraid that I can't add anything of value. Interestingly the Cosmonaut in your post has a count-up dive bezel and black day/date wheels. My 5100 pictured below has the tachymeter bezel and the white and off-white day and date display. I haven't fathomed why the day and date wheels would be designed to be slightly different shades but it's an idiosyncrasy that I like.


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    It'll be nice to see a few pics posted from those who have them. I'm fond of mine as it's always a smile inducing watch for me

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    Fortis Stratoliner / Lemania 5100 and a bit of aerospace history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    That's a very fine catch, it looks great and I really like the handset.
    Thanks, nice of you to say so and to notice the handset, which I particularly like, especially the rounded hands and the faded orange on the minute counter.

    The guy who owns the one with indices blogged about how he changed the hands to a standard Lemania 5100 set, which I donít understand. Each to their own.

    Your one I really thought about getting, because of the cosmonaut history, but I wanted the black tachymeter bezel. One opinion I read is that the ones worn by the cosmonauts had count-up bezels as this is more useful for a pilot. On the other hand, this one looks more like a tachymeter, although pretty hard to tell.


    Naturally the other visible watch looks like an Omega, no doubt the rest are as well :).
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    I am a big fan of Fortis, I have had the GMT for 15+ years, I picked up this B42 off SC recently. The B42 alarm was the very first watch I listed over as a kid after seeing adverts in Flypast magazine. I still want to add one to the collection.



    The case back of the B42 has the Russian space agency logos on the back.
    I would love a L5100 powered version.
    Itís good to see a bit of love for lesser seen makers.
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    Lovely collection. Looks like that first picture was taken in zero gravity :).

    The 5100 versions are 38mm which is the ideal size for my wrist. The newer ones look great though and the Russian space branding is cool.

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    Ha was not intentional
    iPhone with the watches bunged on a seat in the bay window!
    I really like the earlier 38mm watches. The GMT is 40mm and very thin, as itís all dial it wears much larger as do all their pilots watches.
    The B42 is supposed to be 42 but is actually 44mm!
    Like a lot of brands they have gone down the big watch route, however I would not be shocked if they release a watch based on the earlier chronographs, they have a history of dipping back in the the back catalogue e.g. the flipper and Marinemaster that were sold a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    On the other hand, this one looks more like a tachymeter, although pretty hard to tell.


    Naturally the other visible watch looks like an Omega, no doubt the rest are as well :).
    Sergei Volkov wearing a Fortis Cosmonaut and an Omega X-33

    I'm pretty sure that's a tachy bezel on the Fortis, there's a high res image here:

    https://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery...017e021368.jpg

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    Fortis Stratoliner / Lemania 5100 and a bit of aerospace history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    they have a history of dipping back in the the back catalogue e.g. the flipper and Marinemaster that were sold a few years ago.
    I like the Marinemaster, I think someone on the forum has one that they post in the Friday thread sometimes.
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    Here's mine:



    Having seen the two chrono hands don't quite reset the same I'm now running the chrono in the hope that a few resets from the other side of the dial might knock them in to shape.

    Tbh whilst not a beater it's a daily wearer so I'm not that bothered, it's supremely legible though.

    The screw down pushers are faux btw, they operate as with the collar in the pictured position and the collars don't turn. Interestingly mine has the same handset as the the OP's numeral version, not the same as the index only one pictured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy67 View Post
    The screw down pushers are faux btw, they operate as with the collar in the pictured position and the collars don't turn. Interestingly mine has the same handset as the the OP's numeral version, not the same as the index only one pictured.
    Very nice. Iím sure that your hands (and mine) are the original and correct ones for this model. I was being polite before - bonkers to change them in my view :).

    The chrono pushers are funny. Faux screw down as you say but a lot more convenient in the real world. A very satisfying snap when used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepreddave View Post
    It'll be nice to see a few pics posted from those who have them. I'm fond of mine as it's always a smile inducing watch for me
    If that smile ever starts to wane please do get in touch.

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    Just checking the date wheels, it seems that all of the Lemania 5100 variants on this thread and the web seem to have that cream date wheel and white day wheel, except Daveís which are both white. Perhaps they had a job lot :).

    I have seen one other colour scheme for the 571.10.142 reference, which was a kind of champagne colour with a silver bezel; indices not numerals.

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    That Stratoliner is beautiful.
    Fortis still makes Stratoliners but powered by 7750, so it is not the same.
    Still the one below is a good looking variant


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    @Mr Curta - will do.

    I have to admit that the pics in this thread are making me want a black faced Stratoliner now (with or without the cream date wheel!).

    I did have another Andora version but let that go a while back.
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    Love this one - wear it a lot.

    Pretty outstanding Diver Chrono - bezel version. Very accurate and robust.

    Great watches from a great brand.


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    Love the Lemania 5100 powered Fortis, and keen to acquire one at some point.
    Aesthetically I lean more towards the Cosmonaut, especially with a rotating bezel. The very definition of a tool watch.

    Thank your for sharing this fascinating write up, and itís great to see pics from owners.

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    I've been hunting a 5100 Cosmonaut with rotating bezel for months now - the prices are all over the shop though.

    I sadly missed out on one going for 1100 on eBay a few months back - it must've sold almost the moment it was posted. The only ones now are reaching above 2k (and not selling, unsurprisingly).

    Great thread.

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    I have a soft spot for Lemania-driven Fortis watches.
    I have had several, including tachy bezel and dive bezel ones, as well as a whole group of the Ducati ones which I liberated from a Leeds Ducati dealer as unsold stock.

    Old style hands 5100 (outline hands, lume filled for H, M and 24, white stem for chrono-minutes)



    New style hands with Dive bezel



    Ducati version



    I also had one of the very rare Titanium B42 Lemania 5100 models, lovely watch.



    But the one I have never owned and is extremely rare is the Lemania 1873-powered Cosmonaut chronograph.

    I have alwsys wanted to track one down, but have only ever spotted 2, ages ago. This one was Chuck's



    I think that is lovely, if very annoying for being a manually wound watch with a screwdown crown

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    I have a soft spot for Lemania-driven Fortis watches.
    Thanks for posting these Dave, I was hoping you might contribute :). What happened to those Ducati versions?

    Do you have any more information about how the different dial, hand, bezel and date wheel variants played out in the Ď90s?

    I think there is enough information here to make a list ranging from the first indices only model through to the last 5100 powered Cosmonauts. Iíll see if I can figure it out later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAJEN View Post
    I've been looking at these for a while, I'd genuinely prefer one to a Daytona.
    You can live in your car but you can't drive your house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy100 View Post
    I've been looking at these for a while, I'd genuinely prefer one to a Daytona.
    Go for it. Certainly far better looking than Daytona

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    Another interesting bezel version, but it is on a 7750 variant. I rather like it:



    https://www.chrono24.co.uk/fortis/co...id11541663.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    Another interesting bezel version, but it is on a 7750 variant. I rather like it:
    Interesting, I have never seen that before. Hahahahaa, I see that has suffered from the (very common) lume triangle loss that blighted so many of the dive bezel Forti (plural of Fortis??). I lost mine, all the other photos of that one have a black infill that I put in to replace the lost lume.

    I sold all the Ducati ones (5 in total), I have a feeling that one of them is still wrapped in original cellophane in one particular Dutch watch dealer's vault. How times change, they all went for less than £750.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    Interesting, I have never seen that before. Hahahahaa, I see that has suffered from the (very common) lume triangle loss that blighted so many of the dive bezel Forti (plural of Fortis??). I lost mine, all the other photos of that one have a black infill that I put in to replace the lost lume.

    I sold all the Ducati ones (5 in total), I have a feeling that one of them is still wrapped in original cellophane in one particular Dutch watch dealer's vault. How times change, they all went for less than £750.........

    Dave
    I'd be tempted to do a bezel swap into a 5100 version (if I had one...and if I had the cash to lose on frankening a watch of this type!).

    I'd vote Fortes, given I imagine the name originates from the adjective.

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    Fortis Stratoliner / Lemania 5100 and a bit of aerospace history.

    I like the Ducati ones. I bet they donít come up for sale very often (and definitely not for £750!).

    Overall prices of the Fortis 5100s seem all over the place, even the Andora limited editions.

    @Foxy100: definitely nicer than a Daytona :).

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    Just received my new Fortis this morning.

    IMG_0768.JPG


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tophat View Post
    Just received my new Fortis this morning.

    IMG_0768.JPG


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    Looks nice. Can I suggest using the full Tapatalk app rather than the TZ-UK one? Tapatalk allows you to upload a hi-res version of the picture.

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    I did try the app but it kept crashing on me. Seems to be working now so hopefully this is a better picture.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Tophat View Post
    I did try the app but it kept crashing on me. Seems to be working now so hopefully this is a better picture.
    Much better, looks fantastic. I really like the numerals. Iím not up on the new ones, is it commerating anything in particular as a limited edition. Looks great in any event.

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    Yeah, that looks splendid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Much better, looks fantastic. I really like the numerals. Iím not up on the new ones, is it commerating anything in particular as a limited edition. Looks great in any event.
    The official blurb say the 50th anniversary of the Soyuz first manned mission (1968, limited edition released 2018). Iím very happy with it apart from having to deal with Jura Watches. Not sure Iíll keep it on the tan strap though. The hands are on the thin side as well but for the price I managed to get it for, I can live with it.


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    Thanks to the OP for the thread and to all others whoíve contributed. I really love these watches and was hankering for one for ages, I kind of gave up and then a guy from watchuseek who knew I wanted one pmíd me about a seller on the German UHR forum.

    Long story short I purchased this beauty.
    A 5100 limited edition 1 of 300 made. I like the little rocket on the planet and stars.


    I emailed fortis to find out more as I wanted to know how old it was and they were vague but said this.


    If anyone knows the age or anything else Iíd be really grateful to hear it.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwolf View Post
    If anyone knows the age or anything else Iíd be really grateful to hear it.
    Thanks
    I think it might be slightly earlier, possibly 1992 as I think West were part of sponsoring the Andora art project as well. I did some research a while back, will try to dig it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    I think it might be slightly earlier, possibly 1992 as I think West were part of sponsoring the Andora art project as well. I did some research a while back, will try to dig it out.
    That old eh, thatís good as Iím a big vintage fan and thatís bordering on vintage imo.
    Cheers mate.

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    Fortis Stratoliner / Lemania 5100 and a bit of aerospace history.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redwolf View Post
    That old eh, thatís good as Iím a big vintage fan and thatís bordering on vintage imo.
    Cheers mate.

    Iím not certain. Doubt itís much later though. Sweets will probably have a better idea.

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    I recall my "West in Space" version dates to 1992 and was the first of the Andora collaborations (though I've never contacted Fortis to confirm/deny).

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    Fortis Stratoliner / Lemania 5100 and a bit of aerospace history.

    Apparently this is from the first spaceflight that used the original Fortis Official Cosmonauts watch - the Lemania 5100 version derived from the Stratoliner like mine.



    Flight Commander Yuri Malinchenko on the left seems to be wearing a Fortis, although with a strap rather than a bracelet so difficult to be certain. He spent 125 days in space in 1994 including a lengthy EVA (spacewalk) so the watch got a workout. Although the crew took their watches off for some activities (make up your own jokes).


    Full details here:
    http://www.spacefacts.de/mission/english/soyuz-tm19.htm

    This is the claim from the Fortis distributor that the Soyuz TM-19 mission used Fortis Cosmonaut watches. Some more interesting background.

    https://gevrilgroup.com/watchbrands/...space-watches/
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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Apparently this is from the first spaceflight that used the original Fortis Official Cosmonauts watch - the Lemania 5100 version derived from the Stratoliner like mine.



    Flight Commander Yuri Malinchenko on the left seems to be wearing a Fortis, although with a strap rather than a bracelet so difficult to be certain. He spent 125 days in space in 1994 including a lengthy EVA (spacewalk) so the watch got a workout. Although the crew took their watches off for some activities (make up your own jokes).


    Full details here:
    http://www.spacefacts.de/mission/english/soyuz-tm19.htm

    This is the claim from the Fortis distributor that the Soyuz TM-19 mission used Fortis Cosmonaut watches. Some more interesting background.

    https://gevrilgroup.com/watchbrands/...space-watches/
    Very interesting, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwolf View Post
    Very interesting, thanks
    You are very welcome. Just take anything that comes from Fortisí marketing department with a pinch of salt. BTW what does the caseback of your one look like if you donít mind me asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Thanks for the interesting information, links and images. There's the added bonus of a Seiko A829-6019 in the photograph, on the wrist of Ulf Merbold. It's fascinating to see what watches were being used concurrently, and it's an unusual design with the mode being quickly selected by rotating the bezel.



    Apologies for the slight diversion.

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    Not at all, fascinating context.

    I found this site just now, which is the first proper summary I have seen of the West in Space programme. It mentions that in 1998, finalists in a competition for young adults to take part in Cosmonaut training, were given limited edition West branded Fortis watches. I am speculating that this is the model that Redwolf has, so maybe 1995-2000 is right after all.

    The site is in Czech and Iíve had to use Google translate for every word apart from Ďhodinkyí and ĎFortisí ;).

    https://mek.kosmo.cz/cz/wis/index.htm#1996

    There were four projects:

    1992 - West in Space I
    1996 - West in Space II
    1997 - West in Space 1997
    1998 - West in Space 1998

    I - the Andora/Stratoliner/Proton Rocket art project
    II - A competition in Germany to find 10 candidates to train at Star City
    1997 - A more international version, adding Czech Republic, Spain, Greece and Lithuania. 12 finalists trained at Star City and were given Fortis watches, presumably 5100 based Cosmonauts.
    1998 - 14 people from a wider group of countries had a shorter training course at Star City. After that, West decided to sponsor Formula 1 instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Thanks for the interesting information, links and images. There's the added bonus of a Seiko A829-6019 in the photograph, on the wrist of Ulf Merbold. It's fascinating to see what watches were being used concurrently, and it's an unusual design with the mode being quickly selected by rotating the bezel.



    Apologies for the slight diversion.
    That thing is brilliant. So much more practical than most other digital watches to have the modes so clear to select.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    You are very welcome. Just take anything that comes from Fortisí marketing department with a pinch of salt. BTW what does the caseback of your one look like if you donít mind me asking?
    Hereís a pic of it.


    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Not at all, fascinating context.

    I found this site just now, which is the first proper summary I have seen of the West in Space programme. It mentions that in 1998, finalists in a competition for young adults to take part in Cosmonaut training, were given limited edition West branded Fortis watches. I am speculating that this is the model that Redwolf has, so maybe 1995-2000 is right after all.

    The site is in Czech and Iíve had to use Google translate for every word apart from Ďhodinkyí and ĎFortisí ;).

    https://mek.kosmo.cz/cz/wis/index.htm#1996

    There were four projects:

    1992 - West in Space I
    1996 - West in Space II
    1997 - West in Space 1997
    1998 - West in Space 1998

    I - the Andora/Stratoliner/Proton Rocket art project
    II - A competition in Germany to find 10 candidates to train at Star City
    1997 - A more international version, adding Czech Republic, Spain, Greece and Lithuania. 12 finalists trained at Star City and were given Fortis watches, presumably 5100 based Cosmonauts.
    1998 - 14 people from a wider group of countries had a shorter training course at Star City. After that, West decided to sponsor Formula 1 instead.
    Again thanks for this, itís this type of information that makes forums great.

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    That hi-res shot of the crew shows a Fortis Chromo with the 7750 rather than the Lemania 5100. Look at the subdial at 12. The 5100 has 4 markers for 6h, 12h, 18h and 24h; the 7750 has 10 and 20 minute markers on a 30 minute sub-dial.


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    ISS Expedition 17 in 2008 so that makes sense

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    Fortis Stratoliner / Lemania 5100 and a bit of aerospace history.

    Quote Originally Posted by HappyJack View Post
    That hi-res shot of the crew shows a Fortis Chromo with the 7750 rather than the Lemania 5100.
    That was well spotted :).

    Final link from me for now before I start boring everyone. Fortis published a book in 2012 to commemorate their 100 year anniversary.

    http://www.fortis-watches.com/upload...bilee-Book.pdf

    Page 54 has a picture of Ďmyí Stratoliner under the heading Ď1992í. The 571.10.142 model I think dates from the late Ď80s although maybe the numerical dial started in 1992 and was then used in the Cosmonaut watch from 1994 onwards. I think that the 7750 versions started from around 2004. Iíve read so many dates in the last few months I may have that wrong :).

    Page 80 onwards has a space section with some cool pictures. As ever with the Fortis marketing material, facts and pictures are used loosely to tell a story.

    Unfortunately the pictures are not stored hi-res in this pdf. If anyone has a copy of the book Iíd be grateful for a look.

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    I can not imagine this getting boring.
    But then I have seven Cosmonauts....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwolf View Post
    Hereís a pic of it.
    Thanks, nice to see.

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