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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, December 04, 2018 18:05:31

After a few years sojourn to Canada the RAF Museum now have their Typhoon back where it is being assembled for display at Hendon. Would have been nice to catch it when it was at Coningsby for a few weeks in the summer but at least it is safely home.

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Left a bit, right a bit ...

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, December 04, 2018 17:43:38

Looks like someone has started the Christmas sherry a bit early judging by this vapour trail spotted over our corner this morning.

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Fly by .... chain!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, December 03, 2018 18:09:44

Not normally on view - a shot from under the pilot's floor of Lancaster Just Jane showing how 'proper' flight controls look smiley

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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, December 02, 2018 00:04:37

You might have seen stories in the last few days of the recovery of this MKI Spitfire from a Norwegian mountain. It is a rare PR version and will be restored to flight but I have to smile at the Independents report stating that it has been found 'intact'!

This is an image of some of the recovered parts. Most of the parts might ultimately be recovered but its not my version of intact but hey ho!

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AviationPosted by Tony Thu, November 22, 2018 11:43:44

I noticed Gary has been absent, comments wise, from your site, and trust all is well. Or is he organising asylum camps along the Kent coast?

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109 resto update

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, November 21, 2018 18:12:39

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Withdrawal symptoms?

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, November 19, 2018 20:12:53

The dates for your next fix!

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P-51 lost in Texas

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, November 18, 2018 10:32:15

P-51D 'Pecos Bill' has reportedly crashed in to a parking lot in Fredericksburg, Texas yesterday taking the lives of two people on board the aircraft. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy.

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Maestro at Manston

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, November 17, 2018 18:55:40

Came across this clip of the great Ray Hanna in MH434 displaying at Manston back in 1996. Sadly no longer with us but probably wouldn't be allowed to display like that now even if he was.

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I digress!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, November 15, 2018 18:25:34

The IWM have an ongoing Lives of the First War project and I had a gt uncle, Henry Townson, who lost his life whilst serving with the 4th Battalion of The Rifle Brigade in 1918. He was actually the brother of the two gt aunts in my biplane post back here but this aside there is no aircraft connection. However I checked the record that the IWM project holds and it is very scant and it occurred to me that I am probably now one of the few people who knows anything of him so I've uploaded some details and will see what else I can find so that he will at least have a deserved place in the archives.

Below is his picture which I acquired some years ago from a late aunt. The reverse has a message that was written by my gt uncle's cousin in 1970 that inspired me to look in to the cousin's background a little more too. I knew that, unlike my uncle, he had emigrated to Canada with his family in 1907 but I found a newspaper obituary of his death in 1978 that referred to a serious injury sustained fighting in WWI. So it was back to the IWM project where there were also limited details of this chap except an attestation he signed in 1915 when he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and went off to fight. The thing that I noticed on this was that he lied about his age stating he was 18 rather than the actual 17 presumably so he could join up that much sooner. I wonder what his family made of that.

Anyway, in this centenary year of the end of WWI I have been able to add a little about the lives of two brave soldiers that might otherwise be lost so, off topic as it is, I thought it worth a mention.

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Jane winter 2018

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, November 14, 2018 17:53:10

After stripping and restoring the starboard fin last winter the team at East Kirkby are turning their attention to the port side this winter. What looks pristine in the hangar reveals rotten wooden leading edges and other corrosion that needs addressing if Just Jane is to return to flight as hoped.

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'Warbirds' the video

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Mon, November 12, 2018 00:15:25

Taken a little while to find the time to process but here is some video footage of the Warbirds show at Temora last month.

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Latest Mossie

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, November 11, 2018 15:46:18

This is Mosquito PZ474 nearing completion at Ardmore NZ and looking pretty smart. It will be rolled out for public display next weekend and will ultimately become the third air worthy Mossie before going to its owner in Texas. Fingers crossed for the next one which should come to the UK smiley

News report here

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Lest We Forget

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, November 02, 2018 09:45:29

Seems an appropriate moment to put this up. The Australian War Memorial currently has a poppy display to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. There are 62,000 hand knitted poppies to mark their war dead from the conflict. It wasn't something I was aware of until we turned up on our first evening in Canberra. Very moving.

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RAAF Bomber Command Memorial

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, November 01, 2018 18:15:31

In the grounds of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, are several individual memorials including this dedicated to Bomber Command aircrews, in the form of a stylised searchlight.

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