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Tiger Moth down

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, May 22, 2019 18:15:46

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.




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Tony ....

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Tue, May 21, 2019 18:04:38

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."



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Miss Montana

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Tue, May 14, 2019 00:22:28


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One to watch

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, April 28, 2019 18:41:57
Interesting to see that Ultimate Warbird Flights have announced their own display team - Ultimate Fighters. P47, P51, Spit and a Buchon as a display team - must be worth a look!

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How would you like to drive 8,000 horses?

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, April 27, 2019 17:13:09

Although I now have the full set of Lancaster at War books the first one on my shelf was volume 2, probably around 1979 when it was published. In it is a section titled as above which was the first time I had realised that some Lancs had Hercules engines fitted instead of merlins which I found quite interesting. So, many years later when Airfix brought out a Lancaster BII kit I couldn't refuse the chance to add it to the collection! It's been in the cupboard a couple of years and I expected it to be the previous kit with new engines but was pleasantly surprised to find it was a completely new moulding with decent fit of parts and a little more attention to detail than I am accustomed to with Airfix. I guess this is a trial run as there is now a much bigger one to crack on with.




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Berlin Express

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Fri, April 26, 2019 18:19:00


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Flying Wing crash

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, April 23, 2019 17:53:40

Sad to see that the sole Northrop N9M 'Flying Wing' was involved in a fatal crash yesterday in California. The Planes of Fame aircraft went down with the pilot who is reported to be the only casualty. Rest in Peace.




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Cutting back?

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, April 21, 2019 19:37:51

Looking at the BBMF schedule for 2019 (here if you haven't seen it) I couldn't help but notice that the Lanc doesn't come out to play until the Cosford show on 9th June and then calls it a day on 1st September with the Dak filling in for remaining 3 ship appearances. Seems a short season for the old girl especially after the fairly recent major overhaul.



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Devastator lasered!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, April 15, 2019 18:10:35

New laser technology has been used to build a model of a Devastator wreck off the Marshall Islands. Looks pretty impressive but I'm guessing the a/c will not be recovered even so. Story here.




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Typhoon rebuild

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Tue, April 09, 2019 18:20:20


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Getting there

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, April 08, 2019 18:05:31

Progress has been made since my visit last month and Jane's engines are now back in situ. Taxiing season must be due to start soon.




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Not quite!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, April 04, 2019 23:54:02

The secrets of the dambuster's raid remained just that for many years - secrets. Even by the time of the 1955 film the actual workings of the bombs was not public knowledge so this next day newspaper report that I spotted at East Kirkby was understandably a little off the mark with a suggestion that aerial mines were carried to the dam on the current.




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Hurricane recovery

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Sun, March 31, 2019 23:41:36

Data plate in tact?




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Not my fault!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, March 29, 2019 23:34:06

Back in January my brother in law mentioned a large Lancaster kit that was for sale in the local model shop. Before I had a chance to look the shop closed down! I mentioned this to the wingman who suggested I look on line and get it from somewhere else. I mentioned to Tony that the wingman was keen and he said buy it. I told my sister what Tony said and she said buy it. So I had no choice!

It arrived today in a big box. I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to start it or how long it will take or quite where it will go afterwards but it looks like it will keep me qy=uiet for a while smiley




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75 years on

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, March 25, 2019 00:36:16

Pleased to see that the 50 RAF and other forces personnel that lost their lives following the 'Great Escape' 75 years ago were remembered today (technically yesterday I guess) . Brought back memories of our visit back in 2016.




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