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Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« Last post by planenut on March 20, 2018, 05:57:02 PM »
Should anybody pop in, whilst staying at my daugher's in Cinderford, yesterday Monday, 1400 hours, heard a fairly low jet engine, and emerging from the clouds was a Hawker Hunter, was I pleased?

Apparently, according to Funtera, it belonged to the Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation, registration G-KAXF. It came in from Holland but I couldn't find where it landed.
Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Comments on the new hangar plans!
« Last post by dee on March 10, 2018, 04:29:26 PM »
I have a damn good appetite let me tell ya!! ::)
XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Re: My Vulcan chasing travels 2008 -2015
« Last post by jakspeed on March 04, 2018, 08:51:40 AM »
Bloody awesome photos!!!! Thanks for posting Andy! ;)

Makes me realise just how much I miss 558, all the friends I made and all the fun days down Doggers Lane plus clocking up the miles in my old red Merc.
And, of course, those wonderful days in the hanger when Dee and I became Scrubbers!

If only it all had a happy ending................................
Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« Last post by sickbag_andy on March 02, 2018, 07:15:04 AM »
Hope she stays level otherwise we can expect another appeal to repair the damage.
If she is 'sat on her ar*e' then the trust could quickly apply another set of slaques (sticky plaques) to the rear upper surfaces before she settles back on all threes!
Aviation Waffle / Re: Douglas C54 Skymaster at North Weald
« Last post by Sad Sam on February 18, 2018, 06:41:10 PM »
We have launched another appeal on the just giving web site (via facebook) 

The target is to raise £2000 to pay for engine strip down and inspection.

So far we have raised £100.00

The first engine will be in the workshop next week and Weald are prepared to start work if we give them 10% of the inspection fee (£180)

I shall pay the deposit (I've also contributed the £100 donation)

It would be nice if a few more people could chip in as sadly I don't have the money to pay for the work myself...
Aviation Waffle / Re: MH370 Search to restart
« Last post by wcg on February 10, 2018, 02:02:08 PM »
Maybe hire them to find out on a 'No find, No fee' basis as well ;D

That's exactly what they've done.
Used to be called Lloyds Open Charter in the maritime world, don't know what the aviation equivalent is ( unless, of course, they're operating under the maritime system )
Aviation Waffle / Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
« Last post by PaulH2015 on January 14, 2018, 10:25:29 AM »
Looks like no Wings and Wheels for 2018 either.  Local paper item implies that the owners of the airfield are not allowing it - confirmed on, which may well be a deliberate attempt to starve them of funding and so kill 655.
Aviation Waffle / Re: VULCAN Magazines
« Last post by brains_mt on January 12, 2018, 11:29:53 AM »
Hi Adrian

I'm sorry to hear of your loss and extend our thanks for your father's support of XH558.

In a way this is not the best place to offer these magazines as we are all or were all members of the Club and so will have all the magazines. Can I suggest you add your offer to the Vulcan Family FB page or the Former Vulcan To The Sky Club 1997-2017 FB page as there are supporters on there who may not have been Club members and who would love to have the magazines. Also I may be able to find someone at Cold War Jets in May.

If you don't do FB I can cut and paste your message to the above sites if it helps.

Kind regards

Jane (ex-Club Chair)
Aviation Waffle / Antonov Overhead
« Last post by planenut on January 02, 2018, 12:36:53 PM »

 Interesting drone over the rain clouds - Antonov AN26 of Vulkan Air on it's way from Birmingham to Gdansk at 17000 feet, not seen but heard as one could get eye damage looking up into this lot.
Thanks Clive, I obviously don't know the figures so can't help on that one.

I expect a lot of those who joined the first year were tempted by the various carrots that were dangled and a sense of loyalty, after all a large majority voted to allow the club to disband and together with it's assets/funds be integrated into the Trust's scheme. Equally I expect that some of them will not renew after the first year; some through apathy (not seeing anything much happen that interests them) or disillusionment (carrots fed to the cash cow - or donkey instead), the former is probably normal for any group of this kind where initial enthusiasm quickly wanes amongst a less interested portion of the membership. I'm sure there will be a significant drop in numbers after the first year though

That in itself is concerning as once the stock has all been auctioned off to meet the bills what will be left for the income stream? I suppose the stores will no longer be needed so they can stop renting that and then questions about the need for the staff that man it will undoubtedly come to the fore so some potential savings there but there doesn't appear to be any plan B to even maintain the income levels let alone increase it to sustain the rental of the hangar unless that elusive investor /sponsor comes along and despite the massive public appeal of 558 while she was flying that never materialised so with far less public exposure/appeal what are the chances of that sponsor suddenly appearing now? It's only likely if there's a substantial financial advantage in owning a hangar at Doncaster airport rather than desire to support the Vulcan in my opinion.
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