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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Aviation Posted on Mon, July 22, 2019 17:49:02

Sad to say that a Tiger Moth came down near Pent Farm (Folkestone) yesterday after reportedly hitting cables. It has now been confirmed that the pilot lost his life and the passenger suffered serious injuries. Hopefully a recovery from the injuries is possible but thoughts are with friends and family of the pilot.

Dover Castle

Aviation Posted on Wed, July 17, 2019 23:28:19

We popped down to Hellfire Corner at the weekend with Marcus and went to the castle for the first time in many years. The ‘Operation Dynamo’ experience in the wartime tunnels was interesting but snaps not aloud but up on the battlements we found the remains of the WWII AA batteries together with a bofors gun over looking the harbour. In the distance were the two remaining Chain Home towers at Swingate.

Flying Legends 2019

Aviation Posted on Sun, July 14, 2019 23:54:35

I must admit I was considering whether or not to go to this event this time around as the content seemed a bit light. On reflection we have been spoiled in previous years but for 2019 there were still over 40 warbirds plus the Red Arrows. The Reds did a pre show display which was restricted to their flat routine due to low cloud but never the less quite impressive. The main show started with the usual Spitfire tail chase with a dozen Spits participating and three more in a different slot later on. We had 5 Buchons on the flight line, which was a first, but sadly they split in to two groups to display and there was no proper 5 ship pass which seemed a missed opportunity. The newly restored Lizzie looked good and did some nice passes with the Blenheim and most of the usual suspects performed nicely. The highlight of the day could have been the first show performance of the DH9 but after an interview with Guy Black on the recovery and restoration of the a/c it went tech and couldn’t fly. Things went a bit flat after that with the wing walkers who don’t really fit the bill for Legends anyway imho.

On the plus side commentary was from the Aussie chap from Temora who did last year and there was an interview with Nick Gray although unfortunately that took place during the main show and it was impossible to here chunks of it. I could have done without half the M2 being closed so it took 30 minutes longer than normal to get to DX but can’t blame that on the organisers. We did get a nice chat with the Typhoon restoration crew and bought a shirt to try and help their 5 year resto plan. Ultimately it wasn’t a bad show but what raised it was having Marcus along as companion. Another year if the line up was the same I think I would consider the September show instead as that is starting to look a better event than Legends these days.

Report to follow!

Aviation Posted on Sun, July 14, 2019 00:29:43

Bushed at the moment so more on FL 2019 to come


Aviation Posted on Fri, July 12, 2019 23:22:19

Left some VIPs at DX this morning to collect another back home and then proceeded to Capel where there had been a recent BoB memorial event.

DX 11.06.19

Aviation Posted on Thu, July 11, 2019 23:21:16

Popped in to Duxford for a short while this evening on the way to catch up with Gaz. Preparations for FL were much more evident than last week with a few air tests taking place. I’ll be back Saturday but here’s a few shots from today.

Exiting stage left?

Aviation Posted on Thu, July 11, 2019 17:53:50

This pair took off from Duxford and disappeared over the horizon this evening. Not sure where they were off to but not listed for Legends this weekend anyway.

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