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Winter maintenance

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, March 08, 2019 19:54:45

Couldn't go north without popping in to Duxford could I? We avoided the 'burger joint' this time but it would still be hard to recommend the catering in their other outlet and I also passed up the opportunity to partake of the quilting show taking place in the front of the super hangar! Anyway, had a wander around for an hour or so and found most of the usual suspects undergoing winter maintenance.

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Words fail me too!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, March 08, 2019 19:08:22
Arrived up north, put the news on and he's innocent. Clearly I'm only an armchair judge and not privy to all the evidence but like Gaz I'm struggling to see how Andy Hill has escaped again. Clearly he does have a charmed life.

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No more Farnborough then

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, March 06, 2019 18:05:48

This was announced yesterday:

"We’re taking the 2020 Farnborough International Airshow back to its roots as an industry trade event. The show will run from Mon 20 July to Fri 24 July, meaning the public weekend will not happen."

The show apparently struggles to make money these days and the 2018 event was not well received after changes brought about following Shoreham. So, with the possible exception of making the Friday a public day, it seems the Farnoborough air show is no more. Seems a shame for the enthusiasts but they clearly did not get what they wanted last time around and nothing is likely to change in that respect.

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Where to put them!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, February 27, 2019 18:10:17

So the brother in law has had these framed signed nicolas trudgian prints for some years and has nowhere to put them as they are quite big. He offered them to me. Seemed rude to say no. Just need to find some wall space now!

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Flypast for WW2 US bomber crash crew

AviationPosted by Marcus Fri, February 22, 2019 18:28:41

I know I’m treading on your side of the pond but I saw this today and it moved me. Well worth sharing.

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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, February 19, 2019 23:02:51

Could have asked D/X for their plastic ex display model but decided space could be an issue and made a smaller one instead!

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Daks at Duxford

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, February 15, 2019 18:05:00

From the event programme:

Program Duxford Airfield
2 JuneOpening hours from 10.00 to 18.00
All dayArrival all aircraft
3 June Opening hours from 10.00 to 18.00
All dayFormation Training Flights
All dayPhoto flights DC-3’s with T-6’s as photo aircraft.
All dayPhoto flights DC-3’s with Dragon Rapide as photo aircraft
22.00 – 24.00Photo shoot for aviation photographers

As I have my tickets I shan't be doing these earlier days but arrivals on Sunday might be worth being around for. Wonder who is doing the (late) photo shoot. Nothing on Timeline's website at present.

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Tornado farewell

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, February 12, 2019 17:44:54

The final Tornado GR4 flypasts over 19/20/21 February will overfly the destinations below. Sadly nothing any where near me and I'm not able to take time out to travel. Oh well.

Tony, if you are looking in, Cardiff Airport on 20th.

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Bomber County Photo day

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, February 11, 2019 17:56:08
I see that a special photo day is in the offing. If the weather plays ball, not a given even in August, then the Bomber County photo day at East Kirby could be a nice event with close up access to both the Mossie and Lanc and lunch thrown in, as it were. But as I've been up close to a Lanc and snapped the Mossie at its previous home at Elvington I don't think I'll be battling for one of the 30 tickets at £160 a pop, or £320 to take the wingman, plus travel and an overnight stay. Bit too much to justify unfortunately.

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Flying Legends

AviationPosted by Gary Sat, February 09, 2019 22:03:43

For your consideration.......................................................................................

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So now we know

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, February 05, 2019 22:30:40

The special D-Day event Daks over Duxford will be held on 4 and 5 June. Tickets are £25 each and must be purchased in advance.

"Synonymous with the D-Day Landings, more than 30 'Daks' will descend upon IWM Duxford on 4 and 5 June. Over two days, mass parachute jumps and flight displays will take place across the museum ahead of the epic cross-channel flight on 5 June.

On the ground, D-Day related displays and activities will further bring the extraordinary story of D-Day to life. Full schedule to be announced"

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Still there.......

AviationPosted by Gary Wed, January 30, 2019 21:14:45
The Bristol Blenheim which we saw two years ago in January through the window is still there and clearly not the one that went to Tangmere. Is this one of two recovered by Hayden Ormond Ballie ?

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Visit 27/1/2019 IWM/DX

AviationPosted by Gary Mon, January 28, 2019 23:10:51
A few more taken with the Samsung. Sally-B was being worked on and also I saw that Blenhiem in the forge we saw and confirmed this was not the one given to a Kent museum by 'JR' . Three chaps working on a Sunday on the Firefly wings. I did the Lancaster talk/tour for £11.

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2019 lightning visit to IWM/DX

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, January 27, 2019 21:28:56
Quickie down to IWM Duxford this morning and home for late dinner. Went in Stephenson hangar to see if 'Berlin Express' was there but not to be seen. The Shark 'thing' currently up for sale was in that hangar. Again these were taken with the Galaxy 5 mobile.

Regards, Gary.

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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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