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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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Runway construction

AviationPosted by Tony Sun, March 31, 2019 23:39:59

I found this quite interesting if you have time for a 'light' read

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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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RAF Binbrook and Wittering

AviationPosted by Marcus Fri, March 29, 2019 22:01:06

My boss is a Lincolnshire lad. I showed him some of your posts and he asked if you have visited subject bases in your travels. I looked back half a dozen pages but did not recall if you had.

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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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Bomber Command Operations Manual

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, March 23, 2019 23:14:08

A little belatedly I received my complimentary copy of this book yesterday. It was gratis as a snap I took from the CWH Lanc of North Killingholme airfield was included in the publication which I was quite chuffed about smiley

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Lincoln Cathedral

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, March 23, 2019 00:07:05

Lincoln Cathedral was a prominent land mark for bomber crews in WWII and, appropriately, is clearly visible from the Lincoln Bomber command Centre. The cathedral itself has a chapel dedicated to the Armed Forces including a section in memory of Bomber Command, as we saw last week.

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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, March 19, 2019 23:59:04

Spilsby opened towards the end of 1943 as home to 207 squadron and later 44 (Rhodesia) squadron. It saw little use after WWII and was dismantled in the 60s and 70s. The runways no longer exist although the line of one of them is apparent as a storage area. A few buildings, looking the worse for wear, still exist as does a T2 hangar and a nice spectacle hard standing. The memorial was dedicated in 2012 and marks the airfield generally and has a specific stone relating to lives lost in a bomb dump accident in 1944.

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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, March 18, 2019 23:59:25

I ventured on to a rather potholed peri track on the north side of this former 9 Squadron airfield for a little look around. Runways do still exist of a fashion but are home to chicken huts and piles of hay bales. There are piles of rubble where former buildings stood but there is a nice memorial on the village green just down the road.

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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, March 17, 2019 16:34:01

A trip to Lincolnshire wouldn't be complete without a visit to the BBMF at Coningsby. It is of course still off season, although the Dak was part of the Sheffield flypast a couple of weeks back, so the fleet is all under maintenance. A couple of Spits are off site, one at Biggin and one at Duxford but both Hurricanes were in the hangar.

Arriving mid afternoon in mid week in March meant that the centre was pretty quiet and after initially being told there was a 50 minute wait for the next tour we ultimately waited a little over 5 minutes and the nice lady at the desk got hold of Lloyd who took just the two of us round for an interesting and informative visit.

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AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, March 16, 2019 23:38:55

Fiskerton is another Lincolnshire airfield of which little remains. It was also Fido equipped and was home to 49 and 576 bomber squadrons. A road now runs right through the middle of the airfield and most of the runways have been lifted. However small sections remain and a memorial is sited where they meet the road.

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