As mentioned below we came up to Duxford yesterday mainly to avoid a 1 hr 45 drive up this morning. We stopped at a hotel 4 miles away and it took 2 hours to get to Duxford from there in the car. I'm thinking the drive from home would have been the better option especially as there did not seem to be any traffic issues coming off the M11 from the south. Oh well. My first views of Daks was from the car but we were at the airfield by the time they landed.
Sadly the weather mirrored events of 75 years ago and turned very grey, breezy and rather damp at times which ultimately put paid to the planned para drops which was a shame for all involved. It did however inspire us to use the IWM members tent for the first time and risk the cries of 'sit down'.
There was still quite a bit of flying but I'll start with some pictures of ground based Daks of which there were 23 in the end. We mustered one from the UK, 15 crossed the pond.
Coming past Duxford this evening we saw several Daks taking off, presumably for a little practice run. By the time we got to our hotel just up the road they were in vics of three and we counted around 14 of them go over. I caught this from the window with the phone as the camera was still in the car.
AviationPosted by Gary Sat, June 01, 2019 21:09:34 After IWM Duxford we went onto Old Warden to try to catch the 9 C-47s that were due to fly in to take part in tomorrows show. I only saw five arrive and wondered if the other two were 'Drag-em-out' and the Aero Legends' example. But anyway five rolled up including two Piper L4 aircraft. I had to work hard to get any fairly pleasing shots due to invited media photographers getting in the way and standing yapping in front of the aircraft. Some others lost their tempers I did not because I suspected this would be the case. Final kick in the b*lls was 'wheels-up-walker' turned up in her Bucker skytricks 'thingy and parked in front of rather a nice subject which had flown all the way from the United States of America as opposed to Redhill in Surrey. Tractors and fire engines were being parked up next to the aircraft just to add more upset.
AviationPosted by Gary Sat, June 01, 2019 20:53:51 Visited IWM DX this morning before going onto Old Warden for 'arrivals' and paid the normal 'old f*rty' rate with 'gift-aid'. Quite busy there and there was some aircraft being tested.
AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, May 27, 2019 17:46:46 The updates don't seem to be coming thick and fast but I see that there are four Buchons scheduled for Legends again this year. Hopefully there will be a couple more passes as a four ship this time around!
AviationPosted by Gary Sat, May 25, 2019 20:26:35 Saw HJ711 move under it's own power today at East Kirkby. Well done to Tony and his team for this result which was the first time it moved under it's own power in front of the general public.
AviationPosted by Gary Sat, May 25, 2019 20:20:07 Just Jane is still without flap 'thing's' re-installed although one has been re-covered but I guess they will fit them when they are both done. Left tail-fin has received attention and is in buff primer. New glass to the mid-upper turret is in place and looks well.
AviationPosted by Gary Sat, May 25, 2019 20:12:51 Caught the ex Brooklands RCAF Lancaster at East Kirkby today. for a 'modest fee' £5 you could nip inside. Do listern to the safety brief because there are indeed some sharp bits to get 'snegged' on if you take the eye off the ball. I attempted to scale the main spar by means of the 'born again method' as opposed to the 'dive in and think of England method due to my feet not being 100%.
Doing my other hobby today displaying at Deal car show and suddenly there was the unmistakable sound of a merlin. A Spitfire did a pass turned and went back the other way. The camera was in the car and by the time I retrieved it I was a little late but a couple of moments later it came back for a repeat run and I caught AeroLegends NH341 presumably doing a pleasure flight out of Headcorn. Nice afternoon for it and my first Spit of this year.
A Tiger Moth apparently 'got in to difficulties' after take off this afternoon and ended up a little bent and battered at Goodwood airfield. Both occupants reportedly escaped with minor injuries thankfully but a big tub of polish is going to be needed to sort the a/c.
Follow up to our chat earlier - the original D-Day 'leader'
"It's going to be quite an operation. We'll do a flight around the Statue of Liberty and then head to Goose Bay, Labrador. After Goose Bay we're going to cross to Greenland, make a fuel stop, Iceland overnight. Then down to Scotland and Duxford, England.
"Other aircraft are going to meet us in Duxford – as many as 40 C-47s/DC-3s, and we'll drop troopers over the beaches of Normandy on 6 June."
AviationPosted by Gary Sat, May 11, 2019 17:09:25 Called into the Aeropark at East Midlands Airport this afternoon on the way home. Apart from a RN Lynx and Sea King and a Jetstream, things are as normal up there. Work was on-going on the target-tug Meteor and Buccaneer. The Jet Provost was from Morton Wiltshire and loads of work have gone into making it a wonderful static display aircraft. Threw in a few roadcones and galvanised fences just for old times sake.
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