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How flattering!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, January 20, 2019 22:49:27

I'm sure the Cold War Jets people will be impressed at reading this!

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Simon Moores

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, January 11, 2019 17:55:48
Very sad to hear the news that local pilot Simon Moores lost his life on Wednesday when his Piper Arrow II crashed in mountains in Spain, possibly due to fog. He was a great supporter of Manston and had published material on Thanet from the air. In fact I have 'borrowed' one or two of his pictures on here. My condolences to family and friends.

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Shoreham trial to start

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, January 09, 2019 13:40:22
Nearly three and a half years after the event the trial of Andy Hill, the pilot at the centre of the Shoreham air crash, is due to start next week. The 11 charges of manslaughter are being denied and initial reports suggest that the defence will state that the pilot was disabled by G-Forces. Whilst not claiming to be an expert in any way I can't help feeling that any disabling G-Force would have been brought on by the pilot anyway. We shall see over the next few weeks I guess.

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Filton Hangar

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, January 05, 2019 23:23:32

This 103 year old hangar at Filton Airfield is to be restored and turned in to a conservation hangar and workshop which will be open to the public. It is hoped it will provide some hands on type learning opportunities and make it possible to witness progress on projects such as the Bristol Freighter and Bolingbroke. It is hope work will be completed by the autumn. Sounds like it might be worth a visit.

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Ground runner only

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, January 05, 2019 10:23:04

This is the Bolingbroke project at Hamilton, Canada as we saw it six years ago. At the time it was under restoration to airworthy condition. However, after 30 years of work on this composite airframe the museum have now decided to make it a ground runner only as this is a much more achievable aim.

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Solomon recoveries

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, January 04, 2019 23:56:04

Surprising what is still out there. These Japanese wrecks are in the process of being recovered as reported here by Warbirds Digest.

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On the move

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, January 03, 2019 23:07:31

The oldest surviving RAAF Neptune has just been acquired by HARS and moved to their storage facility at Parkes NSW for reassembly . It first joined the RAAF in 1951. Although its history was not apparent to me at the time I saw this aircraft awaiting collection from the museum at Point Cook when I visited in October. Its service life ended in 1966 and she then spent many years in store at RAAF Wagga Wagga before being moved on in 1997.

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Unplanned but ...

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, January 02, 2019 17:59:12

... she flew anyway!

A fast taxi run and short hop turned in to a first flight for the Xp-82 Twin Mustang project on New Year's Eve when the a/c accelerated much more quickly than expected leaving marginal room for pulling up safely. As result a 5 minute go around resulted with all systems and controls reported to be fine. Be interesting to see this up close one day.

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In Review

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, December 31, 2018 16:39:23

So, another year has zipped past with worrying haste, possibly brought about by spending a good part of the year looking forward to October and going down under to visit Temora amongst other places. (Incidentally if you want to read more on the airshow at Temora, Warbirds Digest have just published their review here)

For me though a good year starting with some old airfields in late winter before heading off for the RAF 100 show at Cosford. Great except for the traffic getting there. I had more traffic problems getting to Flying Legends but fortunately took a detour and avoided a road closure that probably would have meant missing a show that was a lot better than 2017. The highlight of the year was of course my first visit to Australia where I managed a two day airshow and a few museums seemingly without boring the wingman too much. I am lucky that she panders to my hobby as much as she does so I guess a big thank you to her is in order - again!.

So to 2019. Will be heading northwards as spring arrives so look out for whatever comes to light in Lincolnshire. We have the DC3s coming to Duxford in June but don't know how much we will be fleeced for to get up close but details are out in February I believe. As ever I expect to be at Legends in July but will decide when it is clearer on the content. Other than that there are a couple of museums that I am hoping to get to which means heading overseas but nothing arranged as yet.

Whatever you have in mind for the New Year I hope it is a good one for you.

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Gossamer Albatross

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, December 30, 2018 10:58:49

If you have a good memory or are interested anyway you may know of the Gossamer Albatross. It was a man powered aircraft that won the Kremer Prize in 1979 for crossing the channel from Folkestone and landing on the beach at Cape Gris-Nez. Some of the support work involved Manston and at that time Squadron Leader Robert 'Paddy' Brown was working there with the ATC and became close to those involved. I understand that he flew Hurricanes at one point and his Mae West and log books are on display at Manston museum. S/L Brown passed away 5 years ago but last year I was introduced to his widow. I was chatting to her the other day when my interest in aircraft became apparent and she gave the framed photo below of the Gossamer Albatross completing its flight. It is signed by Bryan Allen, the pilot, and Paul MacCready, the designer.

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RAFM Hendon visit 27-12-2018

AviationPosted by Gary Sat, December 29, 2018 13:00:18
Rare outing to RAF Museum Hendon and Old Warden 27-12-2018 and all snaps were taken with a 'box-standard' Samsung Galaxy 5 mobile phone : Regards Gary.

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Calgary Hurricane

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Tue, December 18, 2018 18:08:23

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Happy Christmas

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, December 15, 2018 22:48:34

For anyone looking in I hope you have a good one.

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Aerial Collective

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, December 11, 2018 17:48:37

If you still haven't finalised you list for Santa this year then you might want to look at the Aerial Collective website (so long as you think Santa might be generous) and ask nicely for a warbird flight. Apart from the usual Spitfire and Mustang offerings the 'coming soon' section gives the possibility of rides in the Blenheim and a Lysander, so something a bit different there.

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Vampires lost

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, December 10, 2018 09:35:30

Two DH Vampires were caught in a hangar fire at Melun-Villaroche airfield near Paris over the weekend. One was destroyed and the other is not looking good. Sad to hear but at least there are no reported injuries.

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