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Legend at Legends ?Aviation

Posted by Gary Sat, March 17, 2018 19:11:07

Nope, not me a Russian IL.2 powered by an Allison and under-going flight testing and 'yap' about them wanting to bring it to FL/DX. But pending the flight testing going to plan and no more 'nerve-agent' incidents fingers crossed.
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Changes at BigginAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Thu, March 15, 2018 18:40:52

Biggin Hill airport has announced this week that it will not be renewing the lease for the three flying schools based there meaning that pilot training from scratch will cease in six months time. A spokesman said

"Modern TCAS systems do not allow the close interaction of business jets and light aircraft. Our airport Safety Management System has highlighted an issue with interactions between light aircraft and business jets. We have tried various measures to mitigate this issue, but in the end we have reluctantly concluded that only a significant reduction in light aircraft movements will serve to properly address this issue."

I wonder if this might have an affect on other outfits in the future:

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RAF Cosford 11-3-2018Aviation

Posted by Gary Sun, March 11, 2018 20:06:23

The Ju 88 has now been fully put together as also the Me 262 at the museum. seen 11-3-2018.
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DH Mosquito TA639Aviation

Posted by Gary Sun, March 11, 2018 19:57:32

Seen this morning at RAF Museum Cosford DH 98 Mosquito TA639. Also included that vile sign board because there simply was no red and white road cones anywhere.
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Hawker Hart Trainer K4972Aviation

Posted by Gary Sun, March 11, 2018 15:13:16

RAFM Hendon has moved Hawker Hart Trainer K4972 to Cosford. There were some Cosford chaps working on the BOAC Comet l and asked if I could just 'nip' over the rope to get a better shot and they said yes no problem. The chap I asked told me his son had taken some of the panels off and discovered that the panels had been screwed back in the wrong holes at some stage and had wonderful time putting the 'heavy handed' work back to a reasonable state. That's the great thing about RAFM Cosford, they are not up their own arses and all you have to do is 'ask'.
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RAFM Cosford Defiant l N1671Aviation

Posted by Gary Sun, March 11, 2018 15:01:40

Heard RAFM Cosford Boulton and Paul Defiant l N1671 had been moved up from RAFM Hendon and had been positioned nicely for photography, so I nipped out with the 'box-brownie' and snapped away.
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North Creake Memorial ProjectAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Sat, March 10, 2018 00:17:39

Nigel Morter and Claire Nugent, who have restored the old North Creake control tower in to a B&B, are behind plans to erect a proper memorial at the airfield by 2020, the 75th anniversary of its closure. Land has been set aside and fund raising is underway with the memorial, in the form of a Short Stirling, is likely to be created by Andy Knighton who is responsible for an impressive Lancaster sculpture at East Kirkby. Hope this comes to fruition. More if you click the pic.

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Fiesler StorchAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Fri, March 09, 2018 23:58:32

An ungainly little critter, as it is in real life, here is a Storch that has just rolled off my production line.

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USS Lexington discoveredAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Tue, March 06, 2018 22:37:41

Some 76 years after being scuttled due to serious damage in the Battle of the Coral Sea the American aircraft carrier Lexington has been located two miles below the sea about 500 miles north east of Australia. Battle damage aside the ship is in remarkably good condition, including Devastator and Wildcat aircraft that are still on board. However we should also remember the 200 or so lives lost in her final battle.

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Vera to GeorgeAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Tue, March 06, 2018 00:10:27

In order to commemorate this year's 75th anniversary of Operation Chastise aka the Dambusters raid, the CWH Lancaster is going to be marked up as Guy Gibson's G-George on one side for the 2018 season. Its first appearance will be at the Smithsonian in April.

Here she is attracting the crowds back in 2012.

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Retrotec to build MosquitoAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Mon, March 05, 2018 17:44:37

It has been confirmed that Guy Black's Retrotec have been contracted to build 'The Peoples Mosquito' in the UK. Another step forward I guess but, as mentioned recently, TPM still have to come up with the funds so probably not much has changed.

Display ban lifted - partlyAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Sun, March 04, 2018 22:34:00

Following the post Shoreham ban the CAA have announced that ex-military jets can resume aerobatic displays at air shows - unless they have swept wings. I assume that the potential speed difference is the issue rather than any perceived problem with swept wings themselves but it still seems a little strange. Still it is a step forward and safety remains paramount.

Frankie goes to ...... Turkey!Aviation

Posted by Peter Smith Fri, March 02, 2018 00:08:00

I've been a bit slow sorting these out since, following her sale by OFMC, Ferocious Frankie departed D/X over a month ago. Anyway, better late than never so here's a few of my captures of Frankie over the years. Hope to catch her again in the future.

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Posted by Peter Smith Wed, February 28, 2018 23:40:02

Ludham, in Norfolk, was a further satellite field to Coltishall. It opened in 1941 and was home to several fighter squadrons operating mainly Spitfires of differing marks before closing in 1946. The airfield is still active in a small way using part of one of the original runways with a new hangar at one end. A few buildings also remain, notably the control tower and since it is accessible I went for a look.

B-24 Pappy's ChillunAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Tue, February 27, 2018 23:58:00

Pappy's Chillun was a Liberator flying out of Shipdham, which I visited a couple of months ago. On 21st April 1944 the aircraft suffered a structural failure that resulted in a crash at Taverham, Norfolk that took the lives of 8 of the 10 crew. The crash site is now part of the Taverham Mills nature reserve where a memorial has been erected. We paid our respects last week.

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