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RAF Brackla

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, June 25, 2019 18:52:52

This was a relief landing ground for RAF Dalcross (now Inverness Airport) and opened in 1941. It only ever had grass runways although there were proper perimeter tracks and hard standings. After the war the field was used for aircraft scrapping, particularly surplus Halifaxes but was closed in 1946. As there were no runways and the airfield has reverted to agriculture it is hard to spot these days although some sections of track survive although they are not readily accessible.

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Highlands Aviation Museum

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, June 25, 2019 08:46:27

This is a small museum just outside of Inverness Airport. They only have three full size airframes and a fuselage section of a Nimrod although their general policy is to have the exhibits open to the public so when we visited I was able to sit in the Tornado and the Hunter and the Nimrod was open with all of its SAR type gear still in situ so you can 'play' with dials and switches if desired! There are also a few artefacts, models etc in a small admin building. Not worth a special trip but if you are in the area the place is an interesting diversion for an hour or so.

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Marcus heads up.

AviationPosted by Gary Thu, June 20, 2019 19:11:15
Saw this on social media tonight.

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An old friend

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, June 15, 2019 18:11:18

Used to see this Steerman quite often as it was of course based at Manston for a long time. Managed a quick grab today as it passed a little way off the back garden.

Also transiting through around lunch time were the Red Arrows en route to Farnborough from the Netherlands but they moved too quick to grab the camera!

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Odds and Ends

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, June 15, 2019 00:13:33

Some final images from last week

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Have to smile

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, June 10, 2019 18:44:34

A brief item in Warrington Worldwide reports on the BBMF Lanc being spotted in the air yesterday and says:

"The iconic plane was easily identified by its nose art featuring a kangaroo and bagpipes"

I'm probably getting picky in my old age but I don't think the nose art was the real clue to identifying the Lanc!

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DH Heritage Museum.

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, June 09, 2019 22:22:51
I understand that it will be between the end of 2019 season and the start of the 2020 season that the aircraft at the DH Heritage museum at Sailsbury Hall will be moved into the new hangar so one could assume everything should be in place in or around Easter 2020. The original Mosquito hangar has gone and was donated to another aviation project elsewhere. Not sure if you knew about this.


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Virginia Ann

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Sat, June 08, 2019 18:27:48

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Non Daks

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, June 07, 2019 23:56:13

Not everything revolved around Dakotas this week and so here are a few other shots from my visits.

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Best seat in the house

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, June 06, 2019 23:14:00

These guys had the best view of proceedings yesterday

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Shiny and new

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, June 06, 2019 23:05:06

Spotted Berlin Express at the back of the hangar on Tuesday wearing a nice new hood. Hope it lasts longer than the last one!

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New TV prog

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, June 06, 2019 18:02:05

Could be something on that's worth a look perhaps:

"UKTV flagship factual channel Yesterday has commissioned a classic aircraft restoration series called Warbird Workshop (6×60’) from Air TV that will debut in 2020. TCB Media Rights will act as global distributor"

More here

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Surprise flypast

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, June 05, 2019 23:39:03

The American AF contributed to displays over France today with a mixed formation of 6 Ospreys and 6 Hercules a/c and they flew out over Duxford en route which was an unexpected bonus and quite something to see.

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Typhoon project

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, June 05, 2019 21:01:03

The group behind the restoration of Typhoon RB396 to flight status had an exhibition tent at Duxford with a cockpit section and what I take to be the engine and an impressive lump it was too.

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Daks on the wing

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, June 05, 2019 20:51:49

A much better day weather wise at Duxford today and as we took the precaution of leaving the hotel earlier we were there before the gates were open!

Anyway a good day that, after some delays, saw 21 Dakotas set off for France. The Norwegian Dak went tech yesterday and Flabob Express had an issue on final start up today and stopped behind. The others took off in two waves which was an impressive sight although there was no large formation over Duxford. Lots of other stuff to post up but here are some flying shots from the two days.

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