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The Museum of Berkshire Aviation

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, June 24, 2018 23:01:39

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.

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Canadian Lancasters Fate

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.

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Lincolnshire outing with 'H'

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.

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In pastures new

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, June 20, 2018 17:45:57

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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BBMF at Cosford

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Wed, June 13, 2018 22:44:15

I don't recall seeing the BBMF doing a four ship at any previous shows I've attended so this was a first for me. Looked and sounded great.

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Jaguars R us

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, June 12, 2018 23:14:25

I'm not sure how many Jaguars there are at Cosford. Certainly quite a few. There were others under cover that I didn't investigate but these were out in the sun

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Cosford - on high

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, June 11, 2018 23:43:51

There was also a lot going on in the air yesterday as well. As it wasn't my typical warbird type show there were also a few firsts starting with a Polish Mig29 formatting with a Hurricane. Then there was the Pembroke, Flying Bulls Sycamore, the French Rafael and even the BBMF arriving to a spontaneous round of applause in a four ship formation. Here's a few high lights.

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Cosford - low level

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, June 10, 2018 23:39:08

So today was the airshow at Cosford, their RAF centenary event. A bit of a trek for a day trip so we stopped over near Walsall last night and headed off after a leisurely breakfast this morning. At around 10.15 a.m. with almost 10 miles to go we picked up the entrance queue on the M54! As an advance ticket only event I was a bit surprised. Anyway, after a slow crawl we got in to the show around midday just as the flying display started. Still, it was warm and sunny, hitting 26c by day's end, albeit a bit hazy early on, there was some good flying and plenty to look at on the ground, which is where I'll start. Good to see some museum exhibits dragged out in to day light although I don't think we needed the big 'RAF Museum' signs propped in front of them smiley

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RNAS Yeovilton 7-6-2018

AviationPosted by Gary Fri, June 08, 2018 22:00:48
Visited RNAS Yeovilton yesterday and again paid the price regarding the long journey.

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Bully Bully!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, June 07, 2018 17:50:38

Pleased to see that the Flying Bulls DC-6 is listed for an appearance at Flying Legends next monthsmiley Might have to get some tickets after all!

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OW/SC 3-6-2018

AviationPosted by Gary Mon, June 04, 2018 05:56:26

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DX 3-6-2018

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, June 03, 2018 20:57:40
Popped into DX this morning on the way to Old Warden.

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P-51 Forced Landing Duxford

AviationPosted by Marcus Fri, May 25, 2018 17:09:23
I don't recall hearing about this one - but then again my memory. When did this happen? Assuming Legends but 2018 or 2017?

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3 First class Stampes please

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, May 21, 2018 18:50:36

These flew over around lunch time today but initially I only got to see them from a distance but when I heard them again a few minutes later I grabbed the camera and was able to get a couple of snaps from the front door as they did a few circuits before exiting stage left.

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Belle's back

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, May 17, 2018 18:14:18

B-17 Memphis Belle is officially back on display at the USAF museum, Dayton, Ohio, marked by a short ceremony coinciding with the 75th anniversary of her 25th mission. Be nice to see her at some point although I'm not sure on this up in the air lark. Better than strung from the ceiling but aircraft without engines running look better on their wheels, IMHO. Still, looks a grand restoration.

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