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FM104 + CWH

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, July 17, 2018 18:12:53

This would be interesting if it went anywhere. The CWH has suggested that they could restore Lancaster FM104, currently owned by The City of Toronto.

"Our proposal will be that we will commit to a 10-year plan to totally restore the airplane to static condition with engines operating," said David Rohrer, president and CEO of the museum that is located at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. "If it's feasible operationally and economically, we'll restore it to flying condition."

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Time for a smoke!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, July 16, 2018 22:58:31

Gotta love a Sally B engine start smiley




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DC-6

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, July 15, 2018 23:44:24

A few more shots of the DC-6 from yesterday since it was am impressive sight smiley



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Flying Legends 2018

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, July 14, 2018 23:46:39

As mentioned below there were issues on the M25 today. Following a nine vehicle incident around 6.30 this morning a section of the motorway linking to the M11 was closed, and remained so for 12 hours. Fortunately we heeded the signs and ducked off the motorway detouring Basildon and Chipping Ongar direction but it doubled our journey time and I missed the flight line at the show as a result. So no close ups of statics and no CR42 which seemed to be put in to hiding by the time I arrived. However, an early bonus was the announcement the Bernard was not doing commentary this year. Spookily we had a guy from Temora, Australia so I guess we get him again when we go to the show there in October!

The show was largely good though with some nice set pieces and seeing 4 '109s' in the air together was great although more than one 4 ship pass would have been nice. The Flying Bulls were excellent and it was grand to see their DC6. The Heritage flight was also another highpoint with both a Spit and P-51 flying with the F35. Anyway, some shots of the day.



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Chelveston

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, July 11, 2018 00:35:54

Chelveston airfield was opened in 1941 and primarily served the USAAF. The main unit was the 305th Bombardment Group Heavy, one of the most decorated units in Europe. Today it is hard to find evidence of the airfield but there is an impressive memorial in the village nearby which I went to look at a couple of days ago.




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Centenary flypast

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, July 10, 2018 18:08:20

The RAF centenary flypast took place over London today. Wasn't able to be there but here are the highlights without the commentary!




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Lancaster JB219

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, July 09, 2018 22:51:29

I've touched on 'Black Thursday' a couple of times previously - the night when terrible fog over the UK caused the loss of a number of bombers returning from missions over Germany. Lancaster JB219 was one of these aircraft. Flying out of Bourn the crew attempted to land at Gransden Lodge but sadly crashed nearby at Hayley Wood with the loss of all crew.

These days the area is a nature reserve and a small memorial has been erected, albeit somewhat faded and a little tricky to find, but here is what I saw.




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I saw the truck!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, July 09, 2018 17:55:21
During my brief excursion to Duxford on Friday there was big blue truck in the vicinity of the hangars that I figured was delivering something. I see from 'elsewhere' that it was offloading the CR42 that we were wondering whether it would ever re-surface. Hopefully it will at least make static for Saturday.

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No Berlin Express but ...

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, July 09, 2018 09:45:26

Berlin Express was withdrawn from Legends a while back unfortunately but I see we now have this P-51 attending. Impressive looking machine.




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D/X 6 July

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, July 08, 2018 22:36:00

Heading north Friday I popped in to Duxford to become a Friend of the IWM instead of a FOD as previously. There's no additional benefit in the new scheme as far as I am concerned but there is a £30 year 1 discount so I've joined for now. It was also an excuse for a look around with plenty of pre FL preparations going on. Either this or the hot weather meant several of the hangar doors were open which was good. Buchon White 9 arrived just as I was leaving so I caught it only from the car park but as I bought my Legends tickets I should see it next week anyway.




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I never knew!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, July 03, 2018 18:07:49

Seems the war in Europe went on longer than I realised, according to a CBC news report on the Newly acquired Lancaster at Trenton and the restored Halifax already there!

"And oddly enough — and to Colton's amazement — KB 882 and the Halifax bomber have crossed paths before.

On the night of May 30, 1945, the Halifax bomber took off from the Tarrant Rushton airfield in southwest England for a mission over Germany.

The same night, the Lancaster bomber departed from its home base in England on one of its 12 missions of the war, Colton said."



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Four Buchons

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, June 29, 2018 18:30:57
I see that a fourth Buchon has been added to the FL line up. Wonder when the last time was that that many were together, BoB film?

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Woodley's Herald

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, June 26, 2018 22:57:59

Being outside the Handley Page Herald at Woodley is the most accessible aircraft in the collection and is also open to the public. It has been nicely restored and comes with its own road cones!




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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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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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