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Book / Film / TV Reviews / Not a Book/Film or TV Review
« on: April 03, 2013, 10:45:18 AM »
Not a review but thought this was the most appropriate place to put a link to my blog.
Although it is written for my family and friends my little motorhome blog has had approaching 2500 views from 24 countries in just 4 months since I first posted it, so It now has 'added Vulcan for even better value'.  :D

It is my intention to update it throughout the flying year as seen from the volunteers viewpoint.

Before you all read it and tell me how many errors there are I should point out that it is not written for the members of the Vulcanite religion who inhabit this forum but those that are unconverted heathens that know little or nothing of the aircraft. It might just bring a few new people to the website who might just like to donate something.  :D


Aviation Waffle / Avro website
« on: April 12, 2012, 06:44:33 PM »
Just found an interesting website that has been put together by the Verdon-Roe family as a tribute to the life and work of Alliott Verdon-Roe.
You might already be aware of it but it is new to me.

Some great pictures and videos on there and much more besides.


Ways To Raise Funding / Leap year target
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:20:50 PM »
Very, very close to hitting our first target tonight, £97,646.
Just one more small push required.

Have you sent your text?????

Well done everyone.......again.  :D  :D


Aviation Waffle / Mildenhall Air Fete.......again.
« on: November 26, 2011, 03:00:31 PM »
Copied from an email I received today via the Wattisham Google group:-

Air fête could return to Suffolk skies for 2013

RAF Mildenhall - Friday 25 November 2011 08:00 GMT;

THE return of RAF Mildenhall Air Fête could be in sight after planning to bring back the popular aviation show in 2013 got under way.

RAF Mildenhall confirmed on Wednesday that tentative plans to bring back the show –- which pulled in more than 500,000 visitors before being cancelled in the wake of 9/11 – were being looked at.

Col Christoper Kulas, 100th Air Refueling Wing Commander, said: “We are in the early stages of an assessment to determine if an air fête event could be planned for 2013.

“Some factors under consideration include the US budgetary constraints, the massive logisitical support required, and the high operations tempo the US Air Force is maintaining globally.

“Air fête was once one of the largest military-sponsored air displays in the world and it holds high importance with us as a community awareness tool.

“Air fête is a chance to thank the surrounding communities for their continual support.”

The return of the event would come as a huge boost to Mildenhall’s business owners and hoteliers as the recession grips.

Local charities also benefit from the fête, as the base makes donations from the weekend.

Cllr Tony Wheble, chairman of Mildenhall Parish Council, said that although some found the increased congestion around the town a problem during the air fête, businesses would be over the moon.

“It would bring a lot of people into the town.

“I think the town has missed it because it brought people from all over Europe to Mildenhall.

“There are a lot of things that would have to be organised – the police would have to arrange a lot with the base – but I think more people will be happy rather than unhappy if it returned,” he said.

Joanne Rogers, Forest Heath District Council town centre manager, said the return of the show would be a ‘huge boost’ for businesses.

Plans to hold a one day community event at RAF Mildenhall were mooted in 2005. However, the show was cancelled due to financial restraints.

Could it happen this time? Looks like there is lots of support from the locals so who knows.

I never went to an Air Fete but I know from Jane and many others how much they were loved.
If it happens put me down as the first volunteer.  :D Nothing like getting in early.


Aviation Waffle / Hog huntin' in Suffolk.
« on: August 05, 2011, 07:51:08 PM »
Just spent a great day at Lakenheath watching A10's and F15's.

Quite a crowd there when we arrived in the late morning but there was nothing happening on the airfield. Not surprising since the 'Hogs' were out until around 23.30 last night. Every vehicle or person that moved on the airfield was closely scrutinised for evidence of 'action'.
Early afternoon and the distant sound of engines being run and eventually two F15's appeared on the taxiway followed closely by two A10's.
In all 8 A10's and 9 F15 flew and they were returning when we left at 5ish.

Met and chatted to some nice people while enjoying the lovely sunny weather and a scrummy ice cream.
First time I had seen 'Hogs' over Suffolk for more than 20 years.
Eat your heart out Jane and Malcolm.  :twisted:  :lol:  :lol:


General Photography Discussion / Lens advice required.
« on: November 30, 2010, 11:24:18 AM »
My Nikon 55 - 200 zoom lens has been playing up for some time, the auto focus won't do its job and 'hunts' continuously.
Went into Jessops the other day and the chap there thought that the lens motor was u/s.
So, looks like a new lens is on the Christmas present list. But which one?
I looked at a Tamron SP 70-300 F4/5.6 with vibration control (anti shake) and USD (some sort of very fast drive) priced at £369 which was recommended.
There is also a Nikon with a similar spec at around £399 but which one is the better lens.
I know Jangor posted some stunning images using a Tamron lens a while ago so it seems like a decent bit of kit although I'm not sure if it was the same model. The 200mm zoom on the Nikon was really not enough for airshows so the increase to 300mm seems sensible.

Can any of you photography buffs out there give some advice to a bit of a dunce please.
Oh, the body is a Nikon D50


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