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D/X 21.8.19

Aviation Posted on Thu, August 22, 2019 00:16:55

Some more aircraft from my latest visit to Duxford

D/X Show Case Day

Aviation Posted on Wed, August 21, 2019 18:56:10

Using a favourable weather forecast and my birthday yesterday as an excuse for a day off today we headed to Duxford for the second of their Show Case events. Although there was minimal detail on the website until Monday there was a promise of some flying from 9 resident warbirds and standard admission charges. As members that  meant no cost at all to us. Also, as it turned out, members were directed to parking on the airfield itself quite close to the shop and superhangar, so quite useful.

So what did we get? Well, we had fair weather and flying from 9 aircraft. The website suggested two P40s but I guess there were service issues as we ended up with a MKV Spitfire and Hawk 75 instead but no worries there. Additionally there was a Stearman, Sea Fury, Fury, Bearcat, Wildcat, Corsair and Catalina. The first 6 performed at 1pm for close on an hour and then the last three did another 30 minutes at 3pm and all generally put in good slots.

D/X was busy but it was easy to get to the fence to watch the flying, no deckchairs with towels on, no tannoy drowning out the noise and it was a generally relaxed afternoon. OK there were only 9 flying aircraft but there was other stuff buzzing around during the day and the museum was properly open as well. So if the weather plays ball and the content is OK I would consider doing this again. Next one is 20th October but no more details than that at present. Anyway, a few snaps.

More Cosford

Aviation Posted on Sat, August 17, 2019 23:55:50

Called into the museum before the afternoon tour. Nothing to report other than the Defiant has been moved to another position and in its place was the PR Spitfire with yellow and white ‘Bunting’ surrounding it

Cosford part 2

Aviation Posted on Fri, August 16, 2019 23:21:04

A few snaps from my visit

Cosford Technical School

Aviation Posted on Fri, August 16, 2019 09:30:37

Bruntingthorpe 11/8/19

Aviation Posted on Thu, August 15, 2019 13:31:22

Popped into Bruntingthorpe on the way back from pricing a external job up nearby as a recon to see if the place was full of cars still.  With the view of attending the bank holiday event I called in to see what was happening. Quite a surprise awaited. Still £5 cash to get in but you are not allowed to venture to the six Tristar aircraft, two VC10, Shackleton MR.3 or Victor K2 because they are off limits due to those aircraft being owned/operated by another group and is only available during open day events. So I had to endure what was on offer at the near end and the LPG ramp. The LPG ramp had a cockpit covered Lightning outside with a ‘write-off ‘x-reg Ford Transit to keep it company. The rest of the aircraft are surrounded by caravans, scrap military lorries, various tits and bits from other aircraft and generally the place is nothing more than a bloody tip. I thought North Weald was a mess but thisis something else. Anyway the bottom line is that I will not be attending the event because with the exception of the LPG aircraft, they all need a lick of paint and look awful to photograph as they are now.

Work commences

Aviation Posted on Wed, August 07, 2019 18:12:24

It has been confirmed that work on the restoration to flight of Typhoon RB396 commenced around a week ago by Airframe Assemblies on the IOW following a fund raising effort of close to £68,000 – wonder if that includes my T Shirt! Initial work focuses on the fuselage and apparently around 60% of the original fuselage structure will make it to the finished aircraft.

East Kirkby 3/8

Aviation Posted on Tue, August 06, 2019 23:03:04

Good Luck!

Aviation Posted on Mon, August 05, 2019 11:00:19

The ‘Silver Spitfire’ is due to depart on its epic around the world flight later today.

The expedition will reunite the Spitfire with the many countries that owe their freedom, at least in part, to this iconic aircraft. The unmistakable sight and sound of this aircraft once again gracing the skies aims to inspire future generations more than eighty years after R.J. Mitchell’s timeless design first graced the skies“.

I wish all of those involved the best of luck with this venture over the next four months or so.

Duxford Showcase event 4th August 2019 normal admission prices !!

Aviation Posted on Tue, July 30, 2019 23:21:56

It appears that IWM Duxford are putting on some kind of limited flying event 4th August 2019 featuring some of the residents from around 13.00hrs onwards. Another two similar events are planned featuring other Duxford residents.

Legends Battle of Britain tribute

Video Posted on Sun, July 28, 2019 23:40:21

No Hurricanes of course but three MKI Spitfires, the Blenheim and Lysander.

Test photo:

Aviation Posted on Sun, July 28, 2019 19:55:21

A bit of Nellie

Video Posted on Sun, July 28, 2019 00:43:05

Just testing!

Aviation Posted on Thu, July 25, 2019 18:18:56 have upgraded their blog software to WordPress which is rather different to the previous set up. If anyone is lost on posting let me know. Click on the word ‘comments’ to open the reply options.


Aviation Posted on Thu, July 25, 2019 18:07:28

Couldn’t help noticing today that a review of the CWH Museum in Hamilton was illustrated with several pictures of the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley! I’m not alone in spotting this as I found out from the Flypast editor who, to his credit, did respond to my email in less than 20 minutes. Seems ‘sloppiness’ of the contributor is to blame and they hope to feature accurate reports on both museums in future.

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