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On the prowl!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, September 10, 2018 23:40:12

Didn't get very close but this Coastguard Cessna 404 Titan seemed to be keeping a watch over the coast at dusk this evening. Perhaps some new residents for Manston were in the area!

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Lou IV returns

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, September 04, 2018 18:15:35

Sadly, back in 2007 P-51 Mustang 'Lou IV' came to grief on landing taking the life of the pilot. Whilst nothing can change the tragedy the aircraft has been the subject of a long restoration as described here and is now certified and ready to fly once more.

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What's this?

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, September 02, 2018 18:31:23

Flew over the garden today, no idea what it is though.

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DX September Show 2018

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, September 02, 2018 11:06:49
I can only make thursday pre-show this year due to work and stuff. Hoping to see or catch a glimpse of 'JR's new restoration 'Lizzie' which the last time I saw was with 'Joe' in the forge end shop 2006/7 ? Christ where does the time go ?. Possible latest Hurricane off the production-line is a 'possible' so I understand from a trusted source. Hope also to see the totally restored PR Spitfire from the 'JR' stable too. I read there are tickets only available now wirh 'Anglia Trains' and punters should check for industrial action to be on the safe side. I assume Duxford School is opening up for the two-day event and good on them. No 'White 14' as yet but as you know things can change, but word from two sources in the south used the term 'don't hold your breath' !!

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Nice to see

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, August 29, 2018 13:55:57

It had reportedly undertaken a few taxi runs in recent days but it appears the ARCO Lysander took to the air at Duxford yesterday smiley

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Curtis Flying Boat flies!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, August 22, 2018 18:14:20

According to this story here this Curtis Flying Boat took to the air yesterday which sounds a pretty impressive achievement for a flying boat that is over 100 years old. Not sure I would have liked to be up in it but good on the restorers.

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War 'Walkies' Rolls Royce Hucknall

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, August 19, 2018 15:00:55
Ages since I was last up there, so went to see the condition of the former company airfield and whats become of it. A nature trail/walk has been set up with at least two water lagoons with reeds for wildfowl included. Private house building is well underway along with rented homes too which look like housing association houses. Got to walk on the main runway maybe for the last time and missed 'Chaz' being there but did think about him as I stood there with 'louie'. Control tower is still there and being used as a fire/security office. We were both 'cream crackered' by the time we got home.

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Manston - first hurdle reached

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.

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Westgate RNAS

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, August 11, 2018 18:39:21

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.

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Lost in Translation!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, August 09, 2018 18:03:36

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!

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Sturmovik recovered

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, August 09, 2018 17:27:50

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 smiley

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Not looking good

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.

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Mary Ellis

AviationPosted by Tony Fri, July 27, 2018 13:34:11

WWS ATA pilot Mary Ellis has died aged 101. Mary flew aircraft from factories to airfields and flew 76 different aircraft types, during WW2, including 400 Spitfires. Brilliant lady sadly gone.

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Mosquito Pathfinder Trust

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, July 26, 2018 17:59:59

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. "

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FM104 goes to BC

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, July 25, 2018 18:09:48

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.

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