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Legend at Legends ?

AviationPosted by Gary Sat, March 17, 2018 19:11:07
Nope, not me a Russian IL.2 powered by an Allison and under-going flight testing and 'yap' about them wanting to bring it to FL/DX. But pending the flight testing going to plan and no more 'nerve-agent' incidents fingers crossed.

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RAF Cosford 11-3-2018

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, March 11, 2018 20:06:23
The Ju 88 has now been fully put together as also the Me 262 at the museum. seen 11-3-2018.

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DH Mosquito TA639

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, March 11, 2018 19:57:32
Seen this morning at RAF Museum Cosford DH 98 Mosquito TA639. Also included that vile sign board because there simply was no red and white road cones anywhere.

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Hawker Hart Trainer K4972

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, March 11, 2018 15:13:16
RAFM Hendon has moved Hawker Hart Trainer K4972 to Cosford. There were some Cosford chaps working on the BOAC Comet l and asked if I could just 'nip' over the rope to get a better shot and they said yes no problem. The chap I asked told me his son had taken some of the panels off and discovered that the panels had been screwed back in the wrong holes at some stage and had wonderful time putting the 'heavy handed' work back to a reasonable state. That's the great thing about RAFM Cosford, they are not up their own arses and all you have to do is 'ask'.

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RAFM Cosford Defiant l N1671

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, March 11, 2018 15:01:40
Heard RAFM Cosford Boulton and Paul Defiant l N1671 had been moved up from RAFM Hendon and had been positioned nicely for photography, so I nipped out with the 'box-brownie' and snapped away.

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Honour to help out.

AviationPosted by Gary Wed, February 21, 2018 21:38:01
After seeing the posts by the 'Boss' of memorials he has come across during the last few days, thought I'd show you a memorial project I'm involved with this week at Loughborough Uni. It's a bench which will be 'fixed' over looking the American football pitches at Loughborough University this Saturday. The bench is a memorial bench for Alan Scott a former student at Loughborough and was a member of the American football team 'The Loughborough University 'ACES' . Alan Scott 32 was also Flt Lt Alan Scott RAF who was killed with is friend in Afghanistan in June 2015 when the RAF Puma aircraft which he was part of the crew, was coming in to land at base and struck a security balloon cable which wrapped it's self around the rotor blades with tragic results. I have the honour of giving the bench three-coats of 'danish teak oil'. Over the years I've laid tributes at various memorials but never thought one day I would be involved remembering a hero and I'm honoured to do so.

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Just asking ......

AviationPosted by Gary Tue, February 20, 2018 21:05:54
Did the Goodwin Sands Do 17 have a rear-fitted 'flame-thrower' installed on the aircraft ?

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The things I've see over the years LoL 2 !!

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, January 21, 2018 13:06:21

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The things I've seen over the years LoL !!

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, January 21, 2018 12:07:27

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Info request please Canada

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, January 21, 2018 11:52:31
Noe it's been established that Marcus is now a '20 minuter' and not a member of the Women's Auxiliary Balloon Corps, may I request he has a 20 minute 'sniff' to see how this project is going in Canada ? Me and my Dad saw this being restored by Windmill Aviation at Spanhoe yonks ago before the project was sold on ending up in France and Later to New Zealand and now Canada with HF Aerospace. This is Hawker Tempest ll MW376 and they have an engine for it too or so I understand possibly at the Macdonald Campus McGill University Montreal. Wish my Dad could see this.

Photos: HR Aerospace Wikipedia commons.


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Victory Show Leicestershire 2018

AviationPosted by Gary Fri, January 19, 2018 23:46:50
It would appear that 'The Victory Show'is going ahead 1/2 September 2018. If you remember last years flying display was 'pulled' after the display area was deemed un-workable by certain acts booked for the event and that was that. The CAA were brought into question and much 'finger pointing' was done in their direction. But lets hope all parties share common ground this year and for good weather and low wind speed.

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VC 10 Bash Bruntingthorpe

AviationPosted by Gary Sat, January 13, 2018 16:45:08

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Hucknall 1973

AviationPosted by Gary Thu, December 28, 2017 19:06:37
Whilst researching what I've seen over the years, I came across this on a Nottingham history forum and these pictures were taken by a forum member called 'Antoni' and lives abour 4 minutes away from me. These photographs taken by him are of the last ever airshow put on for Rolls Royce employees and future customers at Rolls Royce Hucknall during the summer of 1973. The reason they never put on another show there was because a local zoo owner 'bitched' about the noise and was the cause of a lion eating a lion cub due to the noise and stress of it all. What was the cause of the noise ? The Blue Angels in F4s thats what. I watched along with around 450-500 'freeloaders' from the local golf course which was owned by 'The City of Nottingham' city council and being Labour through and through turned a blind eye and allowed we 'lower-classes' to stand and watch the action free of charge and from behind the airfield boundry fence. In fact Rolls Royce used to send an RAF Land Rover to sell programmes to us and at least one time they 'dispatched' and ice-cream van to us which ran the whole length of the crowd-line. You would not get that in the 'naughty field' at DX would you ? I was there that day and the Blue Angels made their way to Hucknall without ATC and followed the 'M1' to get to Hucknall having the M1 at the threshold of the runway at the Watnall village end. Great dynamic performance and had to cover my 'lug-holes' and thought they were the greatest thing since 'sliced bread'. On landing, one burst a tyre and the two landing behind it applied the 'after-burners' and went round again. I also remember the Red Arrows there and sat on Their Folland Gnats watching the action too. The 'Fat Albert' was 'all-white' and not in it's today colours of blue white yellow. These photographs were 'lifted' from this Nottingham history forum and were taken by the poster called 'Antoni' who it appears was an employee of Rolls Royce Hucknall. That is his wife and daughter in the second photo.

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Bruntingthorpe Jam 19-11-2017

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, November 19, 2017 17:36:42
The current status of Bruntingthorpe airfield as of 19-11-2017. Fiat 500 FG63-TKC and not TFC, has flown unlike Stephen Grey's Fiat which has not.smiley

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Bruntingthorpe OMG !! 19-11-2017

AviationPosted by Gary Sun, November 19, 2017 17:28:50
20 minutes away whilst visiting close family, I popped into Bruntingthorpe proving grounds in the vain hope of snapping a few aircraft with the box-brownie. However that was not to be the case and was staggered to see the amount of used and ex rental cars stored on the airfield. First thing that came to mind was the falling sales of new cars and to me it looks like the used car market is also falling into free-fall looking at all this on the airfield. Car transporters were turning up at the airfield whilst I was there and yes, a Sunday and all. Also it would appear the owners of the airfield are moving earth/grass to make more hard stands for the cars, so gives the expression that more motors are going to roll up soon and be there at Bruntingthorpe in the open for some time. No wonder one of the 'Cold War' jet event did not take place this year because it is wall to wall with stock. I looked and thought even at the £25 night photo-shoots you would need to work very hard to not get cars or vans in your shots. Beech restorations looks 'closed' and the blue C-45 in US Navy colours is parked outside with cockpit cover on and does not appear to be going anywhere fast. The last time I went to Bruntingthorpe, a security guard got sh*tty with me and said I'd never return but I'm pleased to say he was not at the gate house today whilst paying the very modest £5 entrance fee. Yes 'cash' only here and non of your contactless sh*t here I'm pleased to say. Anyway, without further delay, here's some images of the today's visit showing the full extent of the airfields current status. BTW 'punter's' are not allowed to venture beyond the Nimrod because of photography restrictions and health and safety issues, so forget about getting some nice snaps of the Comet Tri-Star (3) and VC 10 ex 10 Squadron ?. Warning : Road-one content of which the poster had no control over and some viewers might find distressing.

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