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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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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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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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Chastise is 75

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, May 16, 2018 19:30:14

Today is the 75th anniversary of Operation Chastise, known to most people as The Dambuster's raid. It was the night of 16/17 May 1943 that 19 Lancasters took off for a daring low level mission over Germany that resulted in the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams although, sadly, it cost the lives of 53 RAF aircrew. We remember their bravery.

I've followed their footsteps to a degree over the years from staying in the former officer's mess at Pettwood some 20 years ago to going up in a Lanc, visiting the training area at Derwent, visiting the dams and paying respects to the fallen at their graves in Germany. What ever your views on the benefits of the mission you have to admire the aircrews involved.



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Arado Ar196

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, May 15, 2018 23:51:36

Limited chance of catching one of these in real life, although there are three or four survivors, so here's my latest effort for the model shelf.




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Eugene Seghers

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, May 12, 2018 19:10:34

The memorial to this brave pilot is in a pub car park in Uckfield which was a useful excuse to pop in for a pint and a bite to eat smiley




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At the going down of the sun ...

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, May 10, 2018 22:43:16

... it's time to start this years airline collection smiley




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Corsair flies

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, May 10, 2018 19:27:05

Good to hear that this Corsair F4U-5N flew again in France at La Ferte Alais yesterday following a 10 year restoration. Wonder if it might cross the channel in July.




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BBMF 2018

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, May 08, 2018 19:08:25
The BBMF event list is now online here. Looks like FL gets the Lanc on Sunday only, but the full flight is scheduled for Cosford so I'll catch them there instead.

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B-24 Ruth-Less

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, May 06, 2018 23:20:55

Whilst on a mission to Pas De Calais in February 1944 this B-24 suffered flak damage to both starboard engines. Whilst trying to reach the ELG at Friston it struck a hill top in poor weather not far from Beachy Head sadly with the loss of all 10 crew. A memorial has been erected at the crash site.




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RAF Friston

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, May 05, 2018 23:44:23

A little along the coast from Beachy Head is RAF Friston. There is really nothing there now to indicate that this used to be an airfield but if you stop on the A295 there are a couple of footpaths that will take you through fields to a memorial stone on the end of one of the grass runways, of which there were two. Although aircraft were based at Friston from time to time its main purpose was as an emergency landing ground. It saw little action after D-Day and closed in 1946 although it was briefly revived in 1988 as it was the setting for the TV series Piece of Cake.




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Beachy Head

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, May 05, 2018 19:32:14

I was on the Sussex coast today and went along to Beachy Head. Rather than throw myself off I had a look at the Bomber Command Memorial that was erected back in 2012. It's a nice tribute but, strangely, there do not seem to be any signs to it other than the faded wooden affair at the car park.




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New clothes

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, May 04, 2018 00:15:44

Good to see that a P-47D, recently retuned to the UK and based at Sywell, will be at Flying Legends this year. Previously dressed as No Guts No Glory she now looks like this. Very smart too. smiley




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