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Yep, my instructor had made it pretty clear that I had a choice to make and I was going to have to make it fast. Ahead of me was a valley full of low stratus and, above me, solid weather that extended up to 20,000 feet. The tops of the cavernous walls faded into grey as they were consumed by the low cloud and there was no way that I could be sure that we would make it through. The alternative was to climb out of low-level now but then the sortie would have to be repeated as I wouldn't be able to get back down to hit my target. I didn't know what to do. I was a student pilot flying a military fast jet at a height of 250 ft and covering 7 miles every minute - I had to think fast. If I pushed us into the valley, I might get just get through but if the cloud became too low then I wouldn't be able to turn around - I would be committed. And there was every chance that I might not be able to out climb the valley walls either which would mean certain death for both of us. 'Arrgghh!' I thought, 'Which decision do I take?'
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