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RIP

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.



BT-13 Valiant ?

Aviation Posted on Thu, July 18, 2019 21:39:51

Rare BT-13 Valiant listed on IWM Duxford September Show. Could be the one from Germany. Still nice to see though.



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.



Loughborough Uni today

Aviation Posted on Wed, July 17, 2019 22:42:12

Had to paint some walls in the aerodynamic and automobile department at Loughborough University this morning and had this as a backdrop !!



Flying Legends 2019 Thursday arrivals

Aviation Posted on Wed, July 17, 2019 22:26:36

A few snaps from Flying Legends thursday arrivals before bumping into the boss and his wingman and dinner later ending in up in the John Barleycorn for a run out and catch up. All things considered in the three hours I was on site I did pretty well by my standards and came away quite happy having paid the £16 old farty rate. Included the Spitfire ‘selfie’ from the hotel which went pretty well sleep and location wise and price too.



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



Capel

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.



King’s Cliffe Airfield

Aviation Posted on Tue, July 09, 2019 19:28:44

The memorial below is on the edge of the former airfield which, helpfully, has a public bridleway through it giving access to what remains, which isn’t a lot. The runways are marked by heavy tree lines but old blast pens and shelters are easy to find with some remains of hard standings. A few other buildings, including the former cinema/gym are in use for light industrial purposes a little further up the road. I believe that the derelict control tower also exists but that we need to be for another time.



Kings Cliffe memorial

Aviation Posted on Mon, July 08, 2019 18:14:48

Kings Cliffe was the most westerly eighth Air Force base used by the USAAF in WWII being home to various units mainly flying P38s and P51s. I went for a bit of a nose on Friday and found this nice memorial.



PV202

Aviation Posted on Sun, July 07, 2019 22:36:36

Caught this twin seat Spitfire T.IX at a distance over Molesworth today either on test or giving some lucky soul some airborne thrills.



DX 5.7.19

Aviation Posted on Sun, July 07, 2019 22:27:36

I gave myself a spare hour heading north on Friday and so popped in to Duxford for a quick scout around. Preparations for FL were evident although I missed a Spit test flight as it was just landing as I arrived. There were Spits, Buchons and Hurrricanes taking in the sun although none of the latter are presently listed as participating in FL.



Countdown Flying Legends 2019

Aviation Posted on Sun, July 07, 2019 20:58:03

Well here we are 6 days to go until ‘Flying Legends’ 2019. Good line-up this year as to be expected and I guess the tickets are going fast, so get your tickets to avoid any long faces. These have just been added to the list !!



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