AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, August 14, 2018 18:15:21 The original DCO application for plans to restore Manston to airport use was, to the dismay of many, withdrawn so that further information and clarification could be provided. However it was re-submitted and the Planning Inspectorate has today confirmed that it has been accepted for proper examination. This is only the first hurdle but the Inspectorate could have rejected the application at this stage as not having merit.
One hundred years ago there was a naval air base at Westgate -on-Sea, where I once lived, which is just a 10 minute drive away. As you can imagine, given that it closed in 1920 there is little to see today. However, the recent dry weather has revealed the outline of one of the original hangars adjacent to what is now a car park. Looking at the B&W image the long hangar in the foreground has left its mark in the shot taken by Simon Moores. A bit of a slipway survives and the is also a plaque on the prom.
In a similar exercise to the gathering of Dakotas next year to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day the L-Birds back to Normandy association are planning a gathering of 40 or so Liaison aircraft over France to help mark the commemorations. This is a French based group with English translation on their website. I can't complain as my French borders on the non-existent but I think something has got a little confused somewhere!
Seems another il-2 Sturmovik was recovered from a lake today. It looks to be in pretty good condition after being submerged for 75 years. The Wings of Victory Foundation who have previously restored an earlier lake recovered Sturmovik to flight have the same aim with this one
AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, August 04, 2018 22:59:16 Sad to hear that a Ju-52 of Ju-Air crashed in the Swiss Alps today. Scant details so far but the pictures do not look good for survivors. Our thoughts are very much with those affected by this tragedy.
This is another group aiming to get an airworthy Mosquito back in UK skies. I guess it all comes down to money, as it usually does, but this is their press announcement this week.
"The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust can announce a commercial understanding with the Aircraft Restoration Company (ARC), owned by the highly respected warbird pilot John Romain.
Based at Duxford, ARC are renowned for their aircraft restoration and maintenance services to classic and warbird aircraft on behalf of owners and operators such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
ARC have been engaged by the Trust to provide the suite of Engineering and Design Services to NZ2308 (the aircraft selected for airworthy restoration). These services are necessary to have the aircraft approved for flight in the UK, and together, the Trust and ARC are already well advanced in their preparations with the CAA to meet the necessary airworthiness requirements, important to begin whilst NZ2308 is being completed by Avspecs in New Zealand.
The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust have also engaged with ARC to provide flight test and validation program services before bringing the aircraft back to the UK, and to continue to be responsible for flying standards and pilot services when the aircraft is operational.
Once in the UK, ARC will also be carrying out all maintenance requirements for the Mosquito.
The team at The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust are also looking into the prospect of basing NZ2308 at Duxford, the historic airfield in Cambridgeshire, thereby giving the public access to the aircraft when it is not displaying at airshows.
Completion of NZ2308 is anticipated to be within 24 months and with the support and generosity of the public, The Mosquito Pathfinder Trust is confident a Mosquito will return to the skies over Britain in 2020. "
The City of Toronto owned Lancaster has been confirmed as heading to British Columbia.
The Lancaster will be moved to the BC Aviation Museum in North Saanich near Victoria International Airport over the next few months, and restoration will start immediately. The long-term goal of the museum is to restore the aircraft to flying condition in partnership with Victoria Air Maintenance, the internationally known firm of vintage aircraft restorers which is located near the museum.
Hopefully the old girl's future is now secured and if she flies too that would be great.
AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, July 24, 2018 18:02:24 The MoD announced today that jet training at Linton on Ouse will cease next year with the North Yorkshire airfield closing in 2020. More notable however is that Scampton, the current home of the Red Arrows and former home of 617 Dambuster squadron, will close by 2022. No details on what will happen to the fields in this cost saving exercise but housing must be up there. Sad news. Full details here.
Geoffrey Wellum was the youngest pilot to serve in the Battle of Britain. He has passed away aged 96. He was lucky enough to survive the battle and the war and has been a great ambassador for those less fortunate.
This is from his excellent book 'First Light':
"I stretched out ... on the ... bed and broke down. I grieved for my lost friends in the squadron and I cursed that I had reached the pinnacle of my life before the age of 22. I'd gone over the top. A medal and a royal handshake didn't seem important any more. Two full tours on Spitfires, the Battle of Britain and nearly one hundred escorts and fighter sweeps over occupied France and I felt destroyed by the war"
Geoffrey did recover in time but this is the effect that battle had on the pilots. Sadly we also recently lost Tom Neil and only a handful of these brave chaps now remain. They and their comrades should all be remembered with gratitude for a long time to come.
This would be interesting if it went anywhere. The CWH has suggested that they could restore Lancaster FM104, currently owned by The City of Toronto.
"Our proposal will be that we will commit to a 10-year plan to totally restore the airplane to static condition with engines operating," said David Rohrer, president and CEO of the museum that is located at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. "If it's feasible operationally and economically, we'll restore it to flying condition."
As mentioned below there were issues on the M25 today. Following a nine vehicle incident around 6.30 this morning a section of the motorway linking to the M11 was closed, and remained so for 12 hours. Fortunately we heeded the signs and ducked off the motorway detouring Basildon and Chipping Ongar direction but it doubled our journey time and I missed the flight line at the show as a result. So no close ups of statics and no CR42 which seemed to be put in to hiding by the time I arrived. However, an early bonus was the announcement the Bernard was not doing commentary this year. Spookily we had a guy from Temora, Australia so I guess we get him again when we go to the show there in October!
The show was largely good though with some nice set pieces and seeing 4 '109s' in the air together was great although more than one 4 ship pass would have been nice. The Flying Bulls were excellent and it was grand to see their DC6. The Heritage flight was also another highpoint with both a Spit and P-51 flying with the F35. Anyway, some shots of the day.
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