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Pastures new

Aviation Posted on Mon, February 17, 2020 09:58:14

So after a bit more deliberation I have decided that I have lost my enthusiasm for’s offerings and will not be renewing the subscription this time around. Bit of a shame after 8 years and whilst I understand a lot of changes they have introduced from their point of view, it’s got more complicated and involved than I want to faff around with.

I have therefore set up a new home here: 

Hopefully any one that was interested to read the offerings provided on this site will come along too, excluding those constantly trying to sell Viagra and the like obviously. To follow or comment on the new blog will mean you have to register but it is free to do so. Other than that not too much will change and I will be moving a lot of the current content over so it will all feel quite familiar. See you on the other side I hope!

Bruntingthorpe to close?

Aviation Posted on Fri, February 14, 2020 18:27:29

It seems that the aircraft museum at Bruntingthorpe is under threat as the space is wanted for more car storage, reportedly. Certainly the museum website states that the museum is closed with no date given for any change. Although Gaz had a less then impressive visit last year they have some great exhibits there which presumably could be lost, especially the larger airframes I imagine. With a Victor under threat at Marham could there be another under threat? Could be half the survivors going.

They also have the Super Guppy, Nimrod, Buccs and QAR Lightnings on site. Doesn’t sound too clever at present.

Suck it up?

Aviation Posted on Sun, February 09, 2020 23:31:37

So One.Com keep ‘improving’ their services. In the main these are improvements that I haven’t sought or even particularly want. They tell me that I now benefit from double the storage space when I had barely used a quarter of what was there previously. They say  “We believe in our products, and that the products and quality we offer is worth the price”. I raised the question of price with them because it has increased over 30% on last year, after a loyalty discount has been applied. In 2017 I renewed at just under £25, this time it is £107. By next year it will have gone up 5 fold in 4 years because they keep moving the goalposts on their basic package. In the grand scheme of things is £10 per month a lot to ask? Probably not. But is there anything else where I would accept that kind of increase without telling them to take a hike? Again, probably not. I could look elsewhere but can’t help feeling that with the amount of stuff posted over the last 8 years a migration could go horribly wrong so given that I don’t especially want to call it quits I guess I’m left with sucking it up as Anna Soubry so nicely said a little while back.

Free Victor!

Aviation Posted on Sun, February 09, 2020 17:27:57

It has recently been announced that the RAF Marham Victor gate guard is available free to an organisation that can collect and restore it.

A spokesman for RAF Marham said: “Following recent structural integrity surveys it has been discovered that the Victor Gate Guardian at RAF Marham is suffering from structural weaknesses and would require urgent rectification work to prevent it breaking apart.

As recovery and storage of such a large aircraft would be quite an undertaking I can’t help feeling that the old girl’s days are numbered. If it is scrapped it is proposed to keep the tail plane.

Impressive equipment

Aviation Posted on Sat, February 08, 2020 18:45:15

I’ve not seen this before but it’s the tyre removal gear at the BBMF where they are removing one of Jane’s tyres.

Bit more expensive than Kwik Fit’s equipment I suspect!

Sleeping on the job!

Aviation Posted on Wed, February 05, 2020 10:01:35

After a couple of busy years following my hobby I thought perhaps I should take on some assistance to help plan for this year. Unfortunately he doesn’t seem very dedicated and so schedules are pretty light at the moment!

Bag search IWM Duxford.

Aviation Posted on Thu, January 30, 2020 21:51:32

In a vain attempt to gain access to the IWM Duxford once more without having to endure the antics of IWM staff (either paid or not) ‘Jobsworth’s’ making it extremely hard work to gain access the IWM core site I intend to trial the following in order to avoid any ‘lip-service’ from oh so comical IWM staff like the December 1st 2019 episode. No bag at all other than this airport type security clear wallet bag which cost ‘bugger-all’ and could be the difference between quick access or not. Leaving the bag in the car should avoid any ‘aggro’ in that if there’s no bag to search then what’s the bloody excuse this time.

Usual weekend then

Aviation Posted on Mon, January 27, 2020 17:57:35

So after a little vagueness it seems that Legends 2020 is going ahead in its usual slot of 2nd weekend in July as I have been invited to jump the queue and buy tickets before they go on sale to the public. I’m still very much in a wait and see frame of mind so probably 4 or 5 months before I’ll decied on this.

Hellenic Spitfire flies

Aviation Posted on Tue, January 21, 2020 23:37:03

Spitfire MJ755 of the Hellenic Air Force museum flew for the first time since 1953 a couple of days ago after a restoration at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. I did get to see it today from the office as it was on an air test near to Manston around lunchtime. So sadly rather distant but still the first Spit of 2020.

Sounds good!

Aviation Posted on Wed, January 15, 2020 00:14:06

I see that TV channel More 4 have commissioned a programme called ‘Inside the Spitfire Factory’. Don’t know when it is supposed to air but they have this to say:

A new six-part series delves deep into the world of classic military aircraft restoration at one of Britain’s most unusual factories. Located at the historic Biggin Hill Air base in Kent, the factory exists to bring back to life Britain’s most iconic aircraft – the Spitfire. Over the course of a year, the series will follow the journey of three different Spitfires as they are painstakingly restored from rusty remains in the hope of getting them back to full flying condition. A larger than life cast of characters – from mechanics and pilots to historians and WWII veterans – will also be on hand to explore the Spitfire’s rich history and tell stories full of surprises.

Repeat Please !!

Aviation Posted on Mon, January 06, 2020 21:24:33
Photo: Wiki commons.

What happened to the 2019 RAF/USAFE Mildenhall ‘Farewell’ airshow event they were keen to put on ? Seeing as it’s now 2020 and no sign of anything mentioned apart from a few ‘Patch-Meet’ events that’s all I ever see and I don’t think they are on the base.

Shady Lady to tour?

Aviation Posted on Mon, January 06, 2020 00:10:27

I see that there is a suggestion that the Collings Foundation’s second B-17 ‘Shady Lady’ could join their historic flight tours. All Foundation aircraft were grounded after the crash last year of B-17 nine-O-nine but the renewal permit required from March may include Shady Lady as a replacement. The aircraft was acquired from Evergreen, where I visited with Marcus last September, back in 2015 having previously been grounded since 2001 with concerns about the main spar attachment points. Presumably these issues have been resolved if regular flights are being contemplated some time this year. Further news awaited and I wish them safe flying.

Zeke answer?

Aviation Posted on Thu, January 02, 2020 17:58:22

Gaz, is this the second Zeke you meant? Taken in April 2012 seemingly without powerplant.

Repeat please !!

Aviation Posted on Thu, January 02, 2020 14:51:43
IWM Zero September 2019.

Just asking here nothing more. Of the two examples of Zero/Zeke Japanese fighters that have appeared over the last few years at IWM Duxford. I ask the question if anybody can remember, did the second Zero that showed up at IWM Duxford have the engine still fitted ? Because I cannot answer somebody who asked me the other day elsewhere because I simply cannot remember. I do remember it in two halves consisting of the cockpit similar to this and also there was a severed ar*e-end and painted in a green/red lead colour. Can anyone on here or anyone tuning-in externally answer this question please so I can answer an enquiry.

Ta Gaz.

In review

Aviation Posted on Tue, December 31, 2019 20:43:34

So, with a New Year imminent I though I would have a quick look back at 2019. A quiet year in terms of air shows as I only did Flying Legends which was a bit flat this time around. Although not an air show I also attended the Duxford Dakota event back in May which, unfortunately, was not helped by the weather. It was a great effort by those owners that got their aircraft to the show and impressive to see so many Daks together but ultimately it did not really live up to the hype.

A better event was the Duxford showcase day that I attended in August. Only a handful of aircraft putting on a short display but actually a good day out.

A trip to Lincolnshire early in the year enabled me to take in some old airfields and check the progress on the East Kirkby Lancaster restoration and also visit the impressive bomber command memorial in Lincoln itself. There was a little more airfield hunting in Scotland before Legends in July the high point of which was having Marcus over from Canada for a couple of days.

Marcus stayed on the agenda as we managed to bump in to each other in Oregon in September and our couple of weeks over there was a big plus this year. No air shows but some impressive museums and a few firsts in terms of aircraft spotting.

The year drew to a close with an enjoyable visit to Cosford and the workshop open day and finally a closing visit to Duxford.

Thanks especially to Gary for his ongoing support in contributing to the posts here and hopefully we will manage a few more for 2020. Not sure what these will be as yet since 2020 hols have been booked and do not include any air shows or museums. Dates for Legends are not yet confirmed but, unless content improves, I would class myself as doubtful for going. Still, it is the 80th anniversary of BoB in 2020 so there might be some shows marking that that will tempt me. Duxford in September is a possible and there are a couple of other shows not previously attended under consideration. 

So Happy New Year to all, keep checking for updates if you are interested and here are a few reminders from the last 12 months.

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