AviationPosted by Marcus Wed, June 20, 2018 23:03:19 When looking up something on Lancasters, I stumbled on this page from Vintage Wings' website. Pierce, Alberta is not too far from Clairsholm, which if you remember I posted some pictures here of the old BCATP base I explored. Such a sad ending as for many warbirds but very interesting article.
AviationPosted by Gary Wed, June 20, 2018 19:54:16 'H' asked me to take him to East Kirkby to see his mate Tony Agar working on the Mosquito down from Elvington. Bearing in mind 'H' is not 100% how could I refuse to take him even though my own thoughts are that 'Joe Public' is being thrown a 'kipper' regarding the return to flight of Avro Lancaster 'JJ'. Anyway here are some snaps of the days visit. The two new 'Nissen' huts are almost complete and due to have installed the trucks and pieces of crash-sites from the main hangar to make more room for restoring various pieces of historic equipment. Tony Agar was indeed there today working on his pride and joy in the vain hope of getting it ready for the August Airshow as a 'static' thingy. Called into RAF Coningsby to see the 5pm display involving a Spitfire and Typhoon but we heard it was 'scrubbed' because of the wind speed and so me and 'H' had another cup of tea and went right home.
Previously with the Classic Air Force at Coventry Meteor T7 WA591 arrived in America in April and flew for the first time in Virginia a couple of days ago, the first such flight in the States for many years. The Meteor will shortly depart for her new home in Detroit. I caught her at Duxford in 2011 in a scheme that she still wears.
There was also a lot going on in the air yesterday as well. As it wasn't my typical warbird type show there were also a few firsts starting with a Polish Mig29 formatting with a Hurricane. Then there was the Pembroke, Flying Bulls Sycamore, the French Rafael and even the BBMF arriving to a spontaneous round of applause in a four ship formation. Here's a few high lights.
So today was the airshow at Cosford, their RAF centenary event. A bit of a trek for a day trip so we stopped over near Walsall last night and headed off after a leisurely breakfast this morning. At around 10.15 a.m. with almost 10 miles to go we picked up the entrance queue on the M54! As an advance ticket only event I was a bit surprised. Anyway, after a slow crawl we got in to the show around midday just as the flying display started. Still, it was warm and sunny, hitting 26c by day's end, albeit a bit hazy early on, there was some good flying and plenty to look at on the ground, which is where I'll start. Good to see some museum exhibits dragged out in to day light although I don't think we needed the big 'RAF Museum' signs propped in front of them
AviationPosted by Marcus Fri, May 25, 2018 17:09:23 I don't recall hearing about this one - but then again my memory. When did this happen? Assuming Legends but 2018 or 2017? https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2018/may/17/inside-a-p-51-engine-out-off-airport-landing
These flew over around lunch time today but initially I only got to see them from a distance but when I heard them again a few minutes later I grabbed the camera and was able to get a couple of snaps from the front door as they did a few circuits before exiting stage left.
B-17 Memphis Belle is officially back on display at the USAF museum, Dayton, Ohio, marked by a short ceremony coinciding with the 75th anniversary of her 25th mission. Be nice to see her at some point although I'm not sure on this up in the air lark. Better than strung from the ceiling but aircraft without engines running look better on their wheels, IMHO. Still, looks a grand restoration.
Today is the 75th anniversary of Operation Chastise, known to most people as The Dambuster's raid. It was the night of 16/17 May 1943 that 19 Lancasters took off for a daring low level mission over Germany that resulted in the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams although, sadly, it cost the lives of 53 RAF aircrew. We remember their bravery.
I've followed their footsteps to a degree over the years from staying in the former officer's mess at Pettwood some 20 years ago to going up in a Lanc, visiting the training area at Derwent, visiting the dams and paying respects to the fallen at their graves in Germany. What ever your views on the benefits of the mission you have to admire the aircrews involved.
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