Posted by Gary Sat, March 17, 2018 19:11:07
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:
Posted by Gary Sun, March 11, 2018 20:06:23
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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.