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Flying Legends 2019

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, July 14, 2019 23:54:35

I must admit I was considering whether or not to go to this event this time around as the content seemed a bit light. On reflection we have been spoiled in previous years but for 2019 there were still over 40 warbirds plus the Red Arrows. The Reds did a pre show display which was restricted to their flat routine due to low cloud but never the less quite impressive. The main show started with the usual Spitfire tail chase with a dozen Spits participating and three more in a different slot later on. We had 5 Buchons on the flight line, which was a first, but sadly they split in to two groups to display and there was no proper 5 ship pass which seemed a missed opportunity. The newly restored Lizzie looked good and did some nice passes with the Blenheim and most of the usual suspects performed nicely. The highlight of the day could have been the first show performance of the DH9 but after an interview with Guy Black on the recovery and restoration of the a/c it went tech and couldn't fly. Things went a bit flat after that with the wing walkers who don't really fit the bill for Legends anyway imho.

On the plus side commentary was from the Aussie chap from Temora who did last year and there was an interview with Nick Gray although unfortunately that took place during the main show and it was impossible to here chunks of it. I could have done without half the M2 being closed so it took 30 minutes longer than normal to get to DX but can't blame that on the organisers. We did get a nice chat with the Typhoon restoration crew and bought a shirt to try and help their 5 year resto plan. Ultimately it wasn't a bad show but what raised it was having Marcus along as companion. Another year if the line up was the same I think I would consider the September show instead as that is starting to look a better event than Legends these days.

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Report to follow!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, July 14, 2019 00:29:43

Bushed at the moment so more on FL 2019 to come

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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, July 12, 2019 23:22:19

Left some VIPs at DX this morning to collect another back home and then proceeded to Capel where there had been a recent BoB memorial event.

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DX 11.06.19

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, July 11, 2019 23:21:16

Popped in to Duxford for a short while this evening on the way to catch up with Gaz. Preparations for FL were much more evident than last week with a few air tests taking place. I'll be back Saturday but here's a few shots from today.

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Exiting stage left?

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, July 11, 2019 17:53:50

This pair took off from Duxford and disappeared over the horizon this evening. Not sure where they were off to but not listed for Legends this weekend anyway.

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King's Cliffe Airfield

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, July 09, 2019 19:28:44

The memorial below is on the edge of the former airfield which, helpfully, has a public bridleway through it giving access to what remains, which isn't a lot. The runways are marked by heavy tree lines but old blast pens and shelters are easy to find with some remains of hard standings. A few other buildings, including the former cinema/gym are in use for light industrial purposes a little further up the road. I believe that the derelict control tower also exists but that we need to be for another time.

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Kings Cliffe memorial

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, July 08, 2019 18:14:48

Kings Cliffe was the most westerly eighth Air Force base used by the USAAF in WWII being home to various units mainly flying P38s and P51s. I went for a bit of a nose on Friday and found this nice memorial.

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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, July 07, 2019 22:36:36

Caught this twin seat Spitfire T.IX at a distance over Molesworth today either on test or giving some lucky soul some airborne thrills.

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DX 5.7.19

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, July 07, 2019 22:27:36

I gave myself a spare hour heading north on Friday and so popped in to Duxford for a quick scout around. Preparations for FL were evident although I missed a Spit test flight as it was just landing as I arrived. There were Spits, Buchons and Hurrricanes taking in the sun although none of the latter are presently listed as participating in FL.

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Corsair mishap

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, July 04, 2019 18:05:26

As Gaz pointed out earlier the Canadian FG-1D Corsair owned by Vintage Wings of Canada has suffered significant damage after leaving the runway at Gatineau yesterday. Although injured the pilot appears to be OK which is good news. We saw this Corsair at Hamilton a few years ago. Let's hope it can be restored.

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Manston wins!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, July 03, 2019 17:49:36
Seems the owners of Manston have surrendered. It has been announced that Riveroak Strategic Partners have agreed a deal and purchased the airfield which closed 5 years ago. It is proposed that commercial flights will re-start around spring 2022 although maybe we could get a celebratory visitor or two before then?

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Banff Airfield

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, July 01, 2019 00:04:23

After visiting the memorial below I went on a short way to the airfield at Banff. It is now used for a mixture of light industry and agriculture and there is a kart track in one corner. However, it is also possible to find dilapidated remains of airfield buildings and the control tower is also still extant although this and some other buildings had to be shot using very long zoom settings.

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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, June 28, 2019 20:49:27

Balmoral Estate has a memorial for the household dead of WWI and WWII and also acknowledged the RAF centenary last year.

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Banff Memorial

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, June 27, 2019 10:19:42

There were six Banff strike wing squadrons and I have previously posted up a memorial at Dallachy, one of the airfields used by the strike wings. There is another memorial just along the road from RAF Banff itself. This is in the form of an impressive granite stone which a drunken motorist managed to knock flat early this year. I believe the driver was OK but suspect his car was less so. Fortunately the memorial has been re-erected and again serves as a fitting tribute. There are trees in the layby dedicated to each of the six squadrons.

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RAF Brackla

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, June 25, 2019 18:52:52

This was a relief landing ground for RAF Dalcross (now Inverness Airport) and opened in 1941. It only ever had grass runways although there were proper perimeter tracks and hard standings. After the war the field was used for aircraft scrapping, particularly surplus Halifaxes but was closed in 1946. As there were no runways and the airfield has reverted to agriculture it is hard to spot these days although some sections of track survive although they are not readily accessible.

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