AviationPosted by Gary Thu, July 12, 2018 21:53:29 Just a few 'snaps' from today's 'Jolly' to IWM/DX/FL 2018 . Not posted any shots of CR.42 because Bruce Almighty's right-hand man asked me not too until Saturday. But I'll assume the boss will be posting anyway. Looking good for you.
Chelveston airfield was opened in 1941 and primarily served the USAAF. The main unit was the 305th Bombardment Group Heavy, one of the most decorated units in Europe. Today it is hard to find evidence of the airfield but there is an impressive memorial in the village nearby which I went to look at a couple of days ago.
I've touched on 'Black Thursday' a couple of times previously - the night when terrible fog over the UK caused the loss of a number of bombers returning from missions over Germany. Lancaster JB219 was one of these aircraft. Flying out of Bourn the crew attempted to land at Gransden Lodge but sadly crashed nearby at Hayley Wood with the loss of all crew.
These days the area is a nature reserve and a small memorial has been erected, albeit somewhat faded and a little tricky to find, but here is what I saw.
AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, July 09, 2018 17:55:21 During my brief excursion to Duxford on Friday there was big blue truck in the vicinity of the hangars that I figured was delivering something. I see from 'elsewhere' that it was offloading the CR42 that we were wondering whether it would ever re-surface. Hopefully it will at least make static for Saturday.
Heading north Friday I popped in to Duxford to become a Friend of the IWM instead of a FOD as previously. There's no additional benefit in the new scheme as far as I am concerned but there is a £30 year 1 discount so I've joined for now. It was also an excuse for a look around with plenty of pre FL preparations going on. Either this or the hot weather meant several of the hangar doors were open which was good. Buchon White 9 arrived just as I was leaving so I caught it only from the car park but as I bought my Legends tickets I should see it next week anyway.
Visiting relatives near Reading yesterday gave the opportunity to pop along to this little museum situated on part of the old Woodley airfield. Dedicated, as the name suggests, to aviation from the area it is dominated by items relating to Fairey and Miles. There are a handful of full size aircraft some of which are quite rare including the sole surviving Miles Martinet recovered as a wreck from Iceland some years ago. Staffed enthusiastically by volunteers it is only £3.50 to get in and is an interesting diversion for an hour or so if you are in the area.
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.
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