Made me smile anyway!
Made me smile anyway!
A local metal detectorist unearthed a dog tag at former RAF High Halden which was an ALG in WWII. After cleaning it to reveal the name Sumner Viviat who served with the 358th FG. A little researched established that, at 95, Sumner is alive and well in Florida and the dog tag was duly returned. Click the epic for the full story.
In the early days of the Berlin Airlift there was a limit to the servicing that could be done to aircraft in Berlin itself and it was common for aircraft to take off again with faults so that they could be repaired back at base. This is one such tale:
There are only two Short Belfasts in existence. The one below which is a museum piece at Cosford and a second at Cairns airport in Australia. The latter has reportedly undertaken a number of engine runs recently. Developments awaited!
Lancaster FM104, which was displayed on a plinth in Toronto for many years, has been making headlines. After coming down from its mounting the aircraft was partly restored and has latterly been in storage but difficulties finding somewhere suitable for continued restoration and display resulted in a suggestion that it be transferred to the British Columbia Aviation Museum for restoration. The museum have suggested that the aircraft could be restored to flight. However several groups in Toronto have objected, wanting the Lanc to stay local. A final decision has now been delayed until July.
Full story if you click the pic.
The International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln officially opens today for those specially invited, which includes a number of surviving veterans. The centre includes the tallest memorial spire in the UK in honour of those that served in WWII. This is no more than their memory deserves.
Tomorrow the centre will hold a screening of a newly restored version of the Dambusters film helping to mark this year's 75th anniversary of the raid.
Have to get back up to Lincoln sometime.
After a delay for some further consultation Riveroak have now submitted their DCO application for Manston to the Planning Inspectorate. It is a four phase plan across 15 years to create 19 new air cargo stands, update the runway, four new passenger aircraft stands and updated passenger terminal, refurbished fire station and new fire training area, aircraft recycling facility, flight training school, hangars for aircraft related business, highway improvements and the creation of a museum quarter.
The Inspectorate now has 28 days to decide whether the application meets the required standards to proceed to examination. There has been an awful lot of work so far and the submission included 11,000 pages of proposals over 63 separate documents so hopefully it crosses the first hurdle. If it does, after examination and representations the Inspectorate will make their representation to the Secretary of State on acceptance or otherwise. This will all take several months but the ball would seem to be rolling.
Manston museum marked the RAF's birthday today with the help of Spirit of Kent. As is my way I watched from the garden fence. First merlin of the year
So the RAF is 100 years old today. Not a bad achievement for a force that doesn't mention the country of origin but it worked for the Navy so why not. Wonder why we don't have a Royal Army as well. Any way, I digress. Long may they continue.
In the spirit of the Royal Mail stamps I thought about half a dozen aircraft that I might have printed up for the occasion. Not easy and may be you would g for something different but here are mine.
This Yak 3 had completed its display at Warbirds over Wanaka and was on a grass runway when it clipped a cherry picker. A full enquiry is underway as to how his came about. Fortunately the pilot was fine but the Yak does not look too clever